After market charger?

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    The sales rep at the verizon store stressed the fact that you can't use after market chargers for the DROID which I don't believe. I figured as long as the charger had a built in IC chip to prevent overcharging it would be fine. I was looking at getting a usb cigarette lighter adapter, possibly the Belkin or one similar. Has anyone been using aftermarket chargers or had any problems with one? Thanks!
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    I am using an after market one in my car with a USB cigarette adapter and USB cord. No issues. (Just like plugging the USB into your computer)
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    My wife has an LG phone and I can use her charger just fine
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    your verizon rep is just ignorant, I was sold a verizon-branded mini-usb wall and car charger when I went to pick mine up, no problems with either.
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    I bought one(can't remember the name) at walgreens and i have to play with it to get a good connection so that the light in the plug goes on, letting me know it is charging. had no problems with my BB using the same brand of charger. im using the correct size plug(it come w a variety). don't know what that's all about.
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    I have several Motorola branded chargers I purchased on ebay (2 car, 2 home) all for about $6/7 a piece with shipping. Don't know if they are actually Moto chargers (I suspect they might not be) but they work fine. I have purchased aftermarket chargers for years with no problems.
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    I'm using a RocketFish car charger for my Droid and haven't had any problems since the day the phone was released. Always assume that Verizon reps don't know what they are talking about because it tends to be true.
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    they told me the same thing. saving the phones charge with different volts and wiring. they just want you to buy theirs
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    Your rep is full of sh*t. You can power and charge your Droid with a plain USB to USB-Micro cord. Show me the chip in the cord. Right. There isn't one.

    The wall-charger shows a max output of 5.1v and 850ma, so some methods may take a little longer. For example, Your desktop or laptop USB has a max output of 500ma instead of 850ma., and it works just fine.

    If Verizon wants to charge $30 for every little accessory, they can eat them as far as I'm concerned. :icon_ devil:
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    ^^^ agreed
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    There have been issues reported with using aftermarket chargers/cables. There are several threads on the board discussing random screen actions, and even issues where the phone called people on its own. I've had issues with audio crackling when using some aftermarket USB cables, but no other major problems.

    I think the appropriate thing to do would be to throw out a YMMV when it comes to aftermarket chargers.
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    I bought a micro USB car charger at radio shack. for $20. Now I can charge the Droid and my wife's BlackBerry at the same time.
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    thanks for all the feedback. I knew the rep was just tryin' to make a buck. headed on a trip to arkansas friday so I will be picking up an aftermarket charger tomorrow
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    Actually, your Verizon rep was half right. There ARE issues with chargers out there. The problem is its not easy to figure out which ones.

    I had my phone charging with an aftermarket charger and when I was using the screen as it was charging the thing went nuts. When I plug it into a computer, to charge, it charges fine. I think it more has to do with the piece that actually goes into the wall socket than the cord.

    Do a search for chargers on this site, you'll see many threads on people having issues with atermarket chargers. Its definately true.

    I'd recommend buying a specific charger that people have mentioned work fine. The charger I bought online is now in the trash (which doesn't really matter since I just use the USB portion now and I have no issues).

    -Wil
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    This can be easily confirmed by trying to charge your Droid with a Storm 1 charger. Do this, and try to use the screen, you'll see it go nuts.

    I don't know if it actually damages your phone in any way, but better safe then sorry. Right?
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    when I bought my droid my sales rep told me the chargers I have for my env2 would work with the droid... I tried it the other day and it didn't work. As soon as I plugged outlet into wall. My droid went nuts. Dialed *14 and wouldn't let me do anything until I unplugged it. This was not the original lg charger it was one I bought from verizon to replace it. I have yet to try the car charger that I have for the env2. I'm a little nervous about trying it. Don't want to burn up the droid.
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    I use my BB car chargers everyday, twice a day....zero issues when using the Droid while charging on them............
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    In all the years I have using and recharging cell phones, going all the way back to the Motorola Flip, I have used a combination of OEM chargers and after-market, dirt cheap chargers. I have only had 2 chargers fail. One was purchased from Cell One (now Cingular) and the other was purchased from Verizon. Both were OEM.

    Just more anecdotal evidence.

    Let's cut to the chase. The Motorola Droid charger, made by Motorola and sold by Verizon, outputs 5.1vdc at 850ma. Your typical USB port outputs 5.0vdc and is limited by it's design to 500ma. According to both Verizon and Motorola, a USB cord is a perfectly acceptable means of recharging the Droid.

    Check to see if the charger you wish to use has an output of 5.0vdc to 5.1vdc and is rated at 500ma to 850ma. If it does, you're good to go, UNLESS the charger has failed in some way. These specs are supposed to be on every charger, by label or some engraving method. Very small perhaps, but otherwise clearly labeled.

    If you feel more comfortable with OEM equipment purchased at full retail from your wireless provider, by all means have at it. For the most part, we have a lot invested in these phones and their accessories, and we often rely on them heavily.

    All I am suggesting is that there *are* perfectly reasonable, less expensive alternatives to the statement: "You can't use any other chargers than the Motorola charger purchased from Verizon, you'll ruin your phone." Which is false.

    YMMV ;)
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