Charging while in bootloader

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    My battery died while flashing the sbf file. I was under the impression while the phone was plugged into usb port it was charging, guess not. I unplugged and plugged it into an outlet but cannot tell if it's charging. So does anyone know if charging works while phone is in bootloader? and if not what do I do?

    Thanks in advance,

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    I don't believe the phone charges while you're in the bootloader. I had that happen to me once. I ended up having to go to Verizon and buy a battery, flash sbf, then charge my old battery like normal
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    Thanks for the reply Jester I was afraid of that

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    No problem. Good luck with it!
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    This is what I did with the help of lzord at XDA Forums.

    cut a usb cable and put the red and black wires on the positive and negative terminals of the battery, put it back in the phone, then flash. Then you can charge.

    And this worked like a charm. I charged it for an hour and it gave it a full charge and I was able to flash :icon_ banana:

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    I know this post is over a year old but I searched EVERYWHERE online to find some helpful information on how to charge while in the bootloader, aside from BUYING a new battery. This post was extremely helpful and I just wanted to say thank you and make this available to anyone else whose battery happened to die *during* a flash!
    dancedroid:icon_ banana:
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
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    testimonial

    never thought it would work but i did it and bam there it is proof people this does really work i did and sbf on my phone when the power was at 20% then when it finished on 2.340 it was at half 50% so i was like oh ok im good then went to zroot and do a back up restore got a bootloader error so went to sbf again and bam battery dead ......my stupidness but this post saved me ....was a lil hard to get the wires to stay when you plug in battery but i got it and now i have my phone back never ever will i sbf or install a rom again without making sure my phone is at 100% ...no joke thanks to the OP..
    Also remember to plug both usbs into your pc
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    like bluskyline21 said, even though this is a year old, it saved me! My DX's batt died this morning mid flash and having a spare batt isnt really helpful if its dead as well. I had been considering this for about 2 hours but couldnt find enough data to take the edge off my nerves about it.

    Guess I should consider investing in a spare battery charger for future events...hmm...

    My deepest thanks to you dancedroid:happy:
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    When mine died during sbf, I bought a battery charger.
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    Just thought I would share a moment of suspense. I had Liquid 3.0 installed on an old phone, and it wouldn't boot, so I went into sbf with about 5% battery left. I can't believe it made it! Not for the faint of heart.
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    I did the same thing, and I was able to flash and get back to ICS, but now my d2g doesn't even turn on! The 'charge light' lights up when i plug it into the wall or USB, but I cannot get it to turn on. Am i toast? did I finally brick it?
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    I wish I could help you man. I don't know. Does it show as a devices in adb or rsd lite or anything?
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    no, unfortunately. The computer doesn't even recognize that it has been plugged in... I guess I'll just have to buy a new phone. The bionic looks cool
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    do you have the correct drivers installed?
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    I've never really understood WHY the battery doesn't charge in recovery or bootloader mode. Does anyone know the answer to that little mystery?
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    Yeah, I .sbf'd it before I installed CM9 using RSD Lite. Everything worked well except for the charging-the-battery part. I should have just ordered a battery charger and activated my old phone in the mean-time.
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    I appreciate the help, guys. I admit defeat; it turns out it is much harder to brick your phone than I had originally thought, and now I know what not to do next time. I'm about due for an upgrade anyway. What does everyone think of the Bionic vs. RAZR vs. Galaxy Nexus? I'm also looking into an iPhone. SIKE!
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    charging the battery of Droid X in bootloader or bricked Droid X

    +1 for the method working: cutting the USB cable and attaching te red wire to positive and black wire too nagative contacts of the battery. I did not use tape, just hold the wires to the contacts as you push the battery down. Then connect the usb port to the computer so you can flash the sbf file (you need two cable, one cut one, and one to do the programming).
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    Halleluja, another ME525 saved!

    I am so glad and relieved...:icon_ banana: Thanks for sharing this idea! It really reminds me of using my brain a little more... Electricity fundamentals totally erased until I saw this post :) On the other hand I did not even think about the battery being discharged... I could have guessed it when my phone suddenly shut down during a recovery action with TWRP recovery - or when I suddenly heard the USB-unplug sound some minutes later, when I had turned it on again. Just there was no screen on the phone, so I had no evidence for it.

    One thing: The cable ends are easier to attach to the battery and also stay connected if you tangle them to a little knot. Then you can push them inside the battery's connections an easier handle the plugging into the phone.

    Thumbs up, thank you - I'm flashing on :)
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