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yahtzee 08-15-2009 01:21 PM

Car charger questions for Tour
 
So I have gone through 3 car chargers now with the Tour. Yes, I understand that the battery life blows on this (which makes finding a car charger that much more important):

Started off with a brand new car charger that I had purchased for my Curve (The grey Nextel one with mini-USB) and added the mini--->micro-USB adapter.....no charge at all (doesn't even give indication that it's plugged in).

Bought the $30 Sprint micro-USB charger - have to force it into the charging port and then have to hold device with entire left hand to pull out. Tried 2 others in the store and they were all the same. They also barely charged the device at all....

Yesterday, I bought a $20 Rocketcharger from Best Buy.....fits much better but is barely adding a charge to my device....

what gives here? Ideally, I'd like to find a charger that allows me to use the adapter so that I can charge other things in my car (other people's Curves, my SkyCaddy, etc) but can't find a mini-USB charger that works with the Moto adapter.....any suggestions?

xxDruMMer BoYxx 08-15-2009 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by yahtzee (Post 1451941)
So I have gone through 3 car chargers now with the Tour. Yes, I understand that the battery life blows on this (which makes finding a car charger that much more important):

Started off with a brand new car charger that I had purchased for my Curve (The grey Nextel one with mini-USB) and added the mini--->micro-USB adapter.....no charge at all (doesn't even give indication that it's plugged in).

Bought the $30 Sprint micro-USB charger - have to force it into the charging port and then have to hold device with entire left hand to pull out. Tried 2 others in the store and they were all the same. They also barely charged the device at all....

Yesterday, I bought a $20 Rocketcharger from Best Buy.....fits much better but is barely adding a charge to my device....

what gives here? Ideally, I'd like to find a charger that allows me to use the adapter so that I can charge other things in my car (other people's Curves, my SkyCaddy, etc) but can't find a mini-USB charger that works with the Moto adapter.....any suggestions?

Some chargers dont charge as quick in the car as it is. Also, using non-OEM chargers can damage your device by overcharging it. By reading ur description, i havent found that you have tried any Blackberry Chargers. That might be something you can try, an actual OEM Blackberry charger.

vf171 09-12-2009 11:33 AM

Interested to here more from the OP about this. As I posted in another thread I'm seeing some charging issues and I AM using all BB chargers. I'm searching the forums now and I am beginninf to see a pattern here. I would really like for those w/ charging issues to respond to the posts if they are still having this issues. I need to find a solution to this or decide if I am going to return the phone if this keeps occuring.

BTW, I do not use a car charger, this is the data cable and wall charger that came with the phone.

mhellgeson 09-12-2009 12:36 PM

I bought one with my verizon tour, so it would go with the phone. I do not have any problems except the phone get hot period while charging. So in the car i run the ac and the normal 3 hours time frame get cut down to 20 minutes or less. the phone won't over heat and my charge time is constant.

rambo47 09-12-2009 01:03 PM

I bought the official Sprint car charger at my local Sprint shop, and it works perfectly. Maybe your actual Tour itself is faulty? I get pretty decent battery life with mine.

juwaack68 09-12-2009 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rambo47 (Post 1470098)
I bought the official Sprint car charger at my local Sprint shop, and it works perfectly. Maybe your actual Tour itself is faulty? I get pretty decent battery life with mine.

I'm not using an official car charger, but my Sprint Tour charges fine with the Motorola charger using the mini to micro adapter.

@ the OP - The issues you're having make me think there is an issue with the USB port on the device.

PHLwok 09-13-2009 07:22 AM

Could a few folks post model #'s of car chargers known to work with the Tour? Verizon wants $30 for one, and their web site seems to indicate it works with a lot of non-RIM hardware, so I'm certain it's not a RIM device.

Obviously, I'd like to spend less than $30 for a charger, but if that's what it'll take to get a reliable one I'll consider it.

BeachBumSteve 09-13-2009 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by PHLwok (Post 1470330)
Could a few folks post model #'s of car chargers known to work with the Tour? Verizon wants $30 for one, and their web site seems to indicate it works with a lot of non-RIM hardware, so I'm certain it's not a RIM device.

Obviously, I'd like to spend less than $30 for a charger, but if that's what it'll take to get a reliable one I'll consider it.

You could go with the iGo charger from Radio Shack or other vendors. You buy a charger (mobile or AC) which comes with one free charge adapter tip. Then add any other adapter tips for other equipment you own. The tips are designed to deliver the correct voltage and current to the connected device. They pretty much cover everything around. Check out Home at iGo, Inc.

I use them for all my small electronics, including my Tour, scanners, Amateur radios, Bluetooth devices. It's a lot easier carrying around one charger and a small group of tips than several chargers, especially when traveling.

Flyer729 09-13-2009 10:08 AM

I bought an OEM blackberry car charger for my Curve 8900. I also started using it with my Tour and it works flawlessly. Go to Amazon, they sell OEM car charges for less than $10 bucks. Hope it helps.

PHLwok 09-13-2009 11:46 AM

Thanks for reminding me of iGo - I actually have their air/car power adapter from work, and it looks like I can buy an A97 tip for it for under $10 to work in my car with the Tour.

Sydman 09-13-2009 02:50 PM

So you have spent how much on three different car chargers and now buying a fourth when you could have bought the 30 dollar official bb charger from Verizon in the first place and had it work?

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Sydman (Post 1470541)
So you have spent how much on three different car chargers and now buying a fourth when you could have bought the 30 dollar official bb charger from Verizon in the first place and had it work?

Well if the OP was smart they would've returned the others costing them nothing within the return policy, other than the price of gas maybe? And they were probably looking for something cheaper that worked just as well, which through this thread it seems they found for $10?

Sydman 09-13-2009 03:11 PM

Aye but now its been almost a month and the poor guy does not have a working car charger. Would think the extra cashola would have been worth it. They give ya 15% off accesories with new phones anyway.

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 03:17 PM

True. I certainly would've gotten something official from Blackberry myself, it really depends on how much hassle you're willing to go through to save $20.

PHLwok 09-13-2009 03:23 PM

To be clear, I'm not the OP, but the iGo solution with the A97 tip does work well. That's only going to be in the $10 range if you already have the rest of the iGo equipment, but if you do it's the best option.

Sydman 09-13-2009 03:30 PM

That is cool. I have never seen that Igo before. Pretty neat system they have worked out there. 17 bucks for the car charger and you get a free "tip" with purchase. Have been looking for a car charger for my Zune for awhile that was not their 50 dollar one. And now I find it. Cheers PHL.


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