Problems with Chargers for the Pro

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  1. spydergirl

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    In the past, I've always stocked-up on cheap chargers from Ebay because I can get many of them for around $2-$3, so I buy them up to keep in various rooms and for travel. The latest models of BBerry chargers are pretty universal with the Droids, but I've had trouble using my "stash" of chargers on my Pro.

    They either don't work at all or "LOOK" like they're charging (like a normal charger), but actually seem to work "backwards" by completely DRAINING the battery after leaving it on the charger for the normal amount of charging time. This phenomenon has happened several times now, so I can't use any of my other chargers. The only one that works CORRECTLY is the one that came in the package with my phone.

    I need extra chargers ESPECIALLY with this Droid because of the terrible battery life with any heavy useage. I need to keep an extra one at work and in various rooms of the house, but I just can't see paying $20(+/-) for a CHARGER when I can get them in large numbers on Ebay for so cheap!!

    Has anyone found a CHEAP (or reasonably-priced) resource for spare chargers for their Droid Pro without having to spend alot of money for each one? I'm scared to buy them on Ebay now because they might "claim" to work for the DPro, but my other ones only DRAIN the battery instead of CHARGE it.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions. I'm also thinking of buying an additional battery to keep handy for quick changes when I can't charge-up. I'd also like to get the extended battery, but I need to find a cover that fits over it. I currently use the Rubberized Hard covers and they can really take a beating (plus, I get them as well on Ebay for cheaply, so I can stock-up to keep them handy).
     
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    You can use the same charger as anything else that uses a micro-usb (or whatever it's called, sorry, I may be mixing up terms here) charger, meaning the more recent Blackberry's, HTC Droid Incredible, other Droids, etc.
     
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    It's always been recommended to use OEM Chargers with the Droids.
     
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    I understand that, but when I tried using the ones I already have on-stock from my last smart phones, the chargers literally DRAINED the battery completely. It was the strangest thing. I even tried them again several times just to make sure it wasn't a fluke of some sort. So, I wondered if the Pro has some sort of hidden setting that only allows it to charge on VERIZON / MOTOROLA chargers, requiring me to pay full price for spares. It was just an odd thing to happen.
     
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    I used a friend's Rocketfish charger the other day, which I had originally bought for her for her Blackberry, and it worked fine.
     
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    Dumb question..... does OEM mean "Original Equipment Manufactured" or something like that? So I basically have to buy the original equipment at full price for it to work safely and correctly?
     
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    I'll bet the charger was not putting out enough to charge the droid.
     
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    Ah ok. I'm just wondering if it's fluke with my particular phone. I'll keep trying and keep you posted.

    Thanks. :)
     
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    Hmmm... Very good point. You just might be right on that one.
     
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    It's a fluke with your phone. I haven't bought new chargers in years. I'm still using an assortment of moto and bb usb chargers, all with mini to micro adapters on them. Gone through 11 devices in 3 years, and never had a charging issue. Don't let moto or the carriers convince you to buy a full price retail brand charger.

    On a side note, several years ago when my wife had a razr, it would not take a charge from anything but a moto charger. It would show a message that the charger is not sufficient or something like that. Anyhow, I think it's your phone.
     
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    Your correct, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and yes most Motorola phones are happier being charged with a Motorola charger.

    However, I also think your issue is with the amount of voltage being put out...I also have a micro USB wall charger that will not work for my phone (though not sure it will cause a drain like you describe) and its original purpose was to charge a Bluetooth headset. What I can use is an adapter that converts from mini USB to micro USB. I use this on my older Blackberry wall and USB charger and has worked fine for me.
     
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    Yes that is what it means....You don;t have to use them but the ones you do use need to meet the power output of the stock chargers.