What do I need to allow my phone to gain charge while using GPS in the car?

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    The Verizon charger doesn't supply enough power to make up for what GPS uses, and I know I read of some kind of adapter that makes the car lighter output a higher charge for micro USB, but I can't seem to search for the right terms, can somebody help me?
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    Mine seems to work fine...

    I have my old Verizon charger (Mini USB) from my last three phones with an adapter (mini to micro USB) that I got at Radio Shack. My battery has never dropped in charge even using GPS, Phone and sometimes Pandora all at the same time.
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    mine gains a charge, but it's very minimal. you said it's a verizon charger or is it the moto? i have the OEM motorola charger and it works fine. if your's is verizon, it might not have a high enough mAh output.
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    I use the rocketfish charger from bestbuy and haven't had any trouble. Although the longest trip I've been on is three hours.
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    I actually havde the same issue with my stock cable and all my other mini usb cables. It seems like charging is intermittent for me, even when plugged into a computer. The wall seems to be my only constant, but the car is almost always a no go.
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    Turn the screen off whenever you need to be on one road for a long time. That simple. Gps is still on and voice commands are still given.
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    Check the mAh rating of the charger. I'm using one of the Motorola chargers. I don't recall its specs off the top of my head but I have no problems with it charging the Droid while actively using GPS in the car.
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    I use a Verizon's charger, run my GPS all the time on long trips and it charges just fine.
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    I just used the GPS function for a 11 hour trip and the Verizon car charger just kept the battery at 40%, never went over that the entire trip....

    I'm wondering if there is a more powerful car charger for the Droid?

    Ron W.
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    One time I was using GPS for awhile and I noticed my battery was low. Turns out that the plug going into the phone was sort of loose since there was a bunch of tension from the phone (on the windshield) to the outlet. I've never had the GPS drain the battery when it's not loose though. I use the official VZW charger.
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    I have both the Moto charger and Verizon charger, i run pandora at least 9 hours per day with gps and bluetooth on all the time, my phone never goes to sleep, and i finish the day with a full charge using either charger. that being said, i have never started the day half charged and i'm always plugged in so i can't say if its able to gain in battery charge or no.
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    You can hook up an inverter so that the car's 12v system gets converted to 110 house v and use the wall charger, that should supply enough power to charge while running GPS. Most 5 to 10 amp inverters run between $25 - $100 depending on which brand you go with.
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    I'm using the iGo charging system (no it's no by apple :) )

    You get the base charger and then if you change phones, you simply purchase a new tip to match your phone instead of a whole new charger. Saves some money in the long run and it seems to be fine for every phone i've used so far. (Samsung Gleam, LG VX8600, Droid)

    I don't lose charge while using the GPS when this charger is plugged in.
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    I had the same problem on a 3 hour road trip this weekend. Ran the navigation with the satellite layer and auto brightness on (driving in the sun). Finished with 60%. On the way back I didn't run layers and had auto brightness on (driving in a mix of sun/cloud/heavy rain). Was 100% when I reached my destination. Phone was at 100% both times when I started driving. I'm thinking that the satellite layer is a power hog.
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    For some reason with certain charges you need to plug the phone in before you launch Navigation. Makes no sense but I've noticed it a few times (with the OEM Moto charger) but that was with the older versions of Maps.
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    I have whatever car charger they gave me at the Verizon store and i've driven hours while using GPS and it charged the phone full. No problems here. Seems that people are having mixed results though. If you're rooted and overclocked you could try bumping the speed back down to normal too.
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    I bought a Kensington Mini Car Charger from Amazon $10. It outputs 700mA. I can use the gps and still charge the battery slowly. I don't think the 500mA chargers have enough to charge and use the gps.
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    I've used a car cig lighter to USB and used the usb cable. It works great. I had the micro USB charger (the one with the expanding/flexible coil) from my BB Storm and found that it doesnt send enough juice. The power drained slowly or stayed at the same levels...
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    Inverters are inefficient though. I'd highly recommend getting a car charger with a higher mA rating.
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    I agree a higher rated car charger is the answer.

    Does anyone know of one? and it's output?

    Ron W.
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