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Is it OK to swap batteries while phone is connected to wall charger?

It takes a few minutes to shut down and restart the phone, it would sometimes be handy to be able to swap batteries without shutting down (i.e. swap in a fully charged battery before going out). ...
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1answer
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Why won't my S4 charge in the USB port

I am trying to charge my Galaxy S4 in my laptop but no matter which USB port it is in it will not charge. It is completely dead now. I am abroad and the adapter doesn't charge it either. HELP!
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn't detect charger

This happened yesterday night first. My phone's battery was very slow, so I decided to charge it. It didn't start charging after plugging in the charger. Frustrated, I kept trying with different USB ...
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Stop device connected as host charging connected device

I am connecting a Nexus 10 to an Arduino board in host mode. The Arduino board has its own power supply, but is still drawing power from the tablet. This post suggests that this may happen if the ...
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4answers
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How to make screen stay turned off when plugging charger?

When I plug charger into my phone with screen off, it always turns the screen back on. This is slightly annoying at night. Is it possible to configure android so that the screen stays off and charging ...
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3answers
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Are Android chargers universal in terms of power (Voltage, amperage)?

I would like to buy a car charger, wall charger and USB cables for my Samsung Intercept. However, $20 for a charger seems expensive and I want to avoid getting ripped off. The Samsung Intercept Manual ...
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1answer
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Nexus 4 won't charge through laptop on low power

When my Nexus 4's battery is less than 5%, it won't charge while connected to my PC, but I can charge by plugging my Nexus 4 the wall adapter. I believe it is a hardware problem. Can you help me?
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Phone wakes when unplugged, how to keep it asleep?

I'm trying to charge my phone with an inconsistent power source. Unfortunately, the phone wakes up whenever power stops... Sometimes (often) using more power than is charged. Is there a way to stop ...
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Galaxy S 2 battery won't charge while being on

First of all, LOVE the Galaxy s2, even though it has some problems - which phone doesnt, right? I've had the Samsung Galaxy S2 for 2 months. It worked fine. Since a week my phone won't charge the ...
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Galaxy tab 10.1 charging with USB 3.0

When referring to this post, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy Tab should be able to charge while connected to a USB 3.0 port while running. I've noticed that when I have my Tablet running and plugged ...
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1answer
417 views

How to solve the short battery life with galaxy s4?

I bought Galaxy S4 in just half year. However I found some wrong with the bettery, my phone shutdown automatically recently with over 20% battery. I can only use the phone for two hours after my phone ...
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2answers
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My Nexus 7 is dead, any suggestion?

My Nexus 7 died. I didn't see it happening. My son was playing, went to school and left it charging. At night it didn't turn on anymore. The screen is black. I've followed the Asus instructions. This ...
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How does fast-charge work?

How does Fast Charge work? Does it actually charge your device faster, and if so, is there a downside to using it?
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2answers
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Is it safe to use phone while charging with portable powerbank?

I understand using phone while it is being charged by a normal charger is not advised. What about using phone while it is being charged by a portable charger (powerbank)? I own a HTC one and i was ...
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0answers
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How do I decide what car charger I need to buy?

I am with Nexus 5 and finding it difficult to decide on what car charger or car dock with charger I need to buy. As there is no accessories from parent company (LG or Google) I not sure what charger ...
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2answers
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Device Steadily Discharging While Plugged Into AC?

Question: My device (Galaxy Note 2 running the stable CyanogenMod release) is charging extremely slowly and discharges while it's plugged into AC power. What happened to cause this and what's ...
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When selecting an USB extension cable to extend power cord, what are the relevant considerations?

I want to use USB extension cords to extend the USB power cords for my Android device. What are the factors that could affect normal charging behavior? (Consider "normal charging behavior" to be ...
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USB connection issues with Nexus 4

I've installed some app from Google Play called "franco.Kernel updater", which had an option to enable "fast charging" (the app claims it provides a custom kernel that saves battery life). After I ...
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Will I damage my Android device by charging it using a generic microusb + car adapter?

I need a second charger and a car charger for my Evo 3D and the same for my wife's Nexus S, but I don't want to pay exorbitant prices for them. Will I fry or otherwise damage the devices using ...
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How to stop USB charging? [duplicate]

I'm a developer so i plug in my device for quite a long time, so i think it might affect my battery life. Is there any way to disable usb charging?
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1answer
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Galaxy Nexus won't charge, will immediately reboot if turned off

Ran into a bizarre problem this morning. My Galaxy Nexus was plugged in, but not charging. Data transfer over USB seemed to work, but no charging would happen. Stranger still, if I turned the phone ...
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1answer
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How to select a power supply for a given Android device

There are a variety of products on the market which provide a power supply for Android devices through the ubiquitous MicroUSB 2 port. These include adaptors for 12V "cigarette lighter" car DC power ...
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Is it safe charging a Galaxy Nexus through a USB 2A port? [duplicate]

This is a newbie question. While travelling, I need to recharge my Galaxy Nexus and my digital camera, both of which are meant to be charged through a micro-USB port, ie. 0,5A. To reduce charging ...
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sd card keeps getting unmounted when htc sensation is being charged

i have an htc sensation and it keeps saying that the sd card has been removed when its still in the phone. it will also say that the sd card has unmounted when it is charging What is going on?
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Samsung tab charging

Tab gt7500 battery went flat while downloading and now does not want to charge with supplied charger or via computer
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Nexus S and phone charger get unusually hot when plugged in

I was using my Nexus S today and it turned off suddenly. I plugged it in to charge and saw it load to the boot splash screen, and then I went to sleep. When I woke up 2 hours later my phone was dead. ...
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Android battery mucking up

I have an unusual problem with my galaxy s4 battery. Screenshot (click for larger variant) Sometimes when the battery level is 85% it can shut off and when I turn it back on it can go straight to ...
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1answer
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Android software runs differently based on different battery chargers?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and a Samsung Galaxy Mini2. In mid-August I lost my GNex battery charger; then I started charging the GNex with the Mini2 battery charger. Their specifications are: ...
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My phone thinks it's charging

After upgrading my Galaxy Nexus to 4.0.4, it keeps thinking the cable is being plugged in and out all the time. The battery discharges at a normal rate, even though the screen keeps lighting up as a ...
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1answer
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Is there any battery-less Android-based device

I'be been working on some Chinese (bit crappy) device, with own system, that had one wonderful (at least for me) feature. When constantly powered-up (plugged to power adapter) it could work without ...
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3answers
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What happens when using a cellphone when charging?

What happens when a phone is being used with the charger connected? Will it take power from charger and save the battery usage? OR At one end, the charger keeps charging the battery and at the ...
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3answers
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Will playing a game in a Android phone while charging damage or cause harm to the battery or the phone?

Will the following situation damage or cause any harm to the battery or/and the phone: The phone is being charging (regardless it is using the electrical outlet or via USB) and .. You are playing a ...
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1answer
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Power problems with Droid Incredible 2

My daughter's Droid Incredible 2 is mostly dead. Symptoms: If we can manage to turn it on, it only stays on for a minute or so after it completes all of its start-up tasks. Then turns off and acts ...
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samsung galaxy nexus charging problems

it doesn't charge until battery totally dies and few minutes after that only, charging triggers. Not sure if it an issue with charger or the phone battery.
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Charging over USB can be harmful?

Considering that charging over USB can take around 5 hours (to only 1-2 hours it would take from the wall mounted plug), can it be harmful for the smartphone battery if it's always charged from USB?
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“Charging paused. Voltage too high” on Samsung Galaxy S2 after upgrading to ICS

I am keep on getting this pop-up every 30 sec. I searched on the internet, and most of the solutions are to play with the charging pin. It's also showing it's charging when it's not. My phone thinks ...
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1answer
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Do you need a special charger for a Nexus 7?

Do you need a special charger for a Nexus 7? I've been trying to use the same charger as I use for my Android phone and it works poorly. If you tilt the tablet upwards it's charging, but otherwise ...
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How can you prevent a Kindle Fire from auto-mounting on a Mac when you plug it in to USB?

I've got a Kindle Fire and I like to plug it in to my Mac to charge up (and also to do some development.) It works fine but it is annoying to have to unmount it every time. Is there any way to ...
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1answer
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Can a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet be charged safely using a universal travel charger?

My daughter is in Thailand and she has been using a solar device to charge her Samsung Galaxy3 tablet (7 in.) This method is no longer charging the tablet sufficiently for use. She has a universal ...
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How can I avoid the battery charging when connected via USB?

I'm using my Samsung Galaxy S2 for development so I regularly plug it while it's not fully charged, and my phone starts charging over USB. I think this (charging while in use) can affect battery life ...
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1answer
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How to NOT charge when USB debugging? [duplicate]

I develop "on the road" using a laptop that's not connected to a power source, so when I debug on my android devices, they drain my laptop battery. Unfortunately, the laptop is a MacBook Air so spare ...
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1answer
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Closely monitoring charging (with bike charger)

I bought a bike charger for my Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro sk17i . When I cycle, the phone says that it is being charged, but apparently it is not because the battery percentage doesn't increase. ...
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How can I pick the correct replacement usb charger for my phone?

My phone has a wall charger with outputs 5vdc and 850mA, which just broke (I saved the USB-microB cable which I've been using to charge from laptops). Unfortunately, OEM chargers of that particular ...
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Galaxy s2 is recognised by computer but doesn't charge

This is an odd one but today I noticed by S2 wasn't charging while plugged in. I tried connecting it to the computer and it came up as a media device as normal but still didn't charge, the battery ...
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1answer
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Does using an unofficial charger negatively affect overall battery lifetime of a GS4?

According to two employees at the Sprint store, using an unofficial charger for the Galaxy S4 will negatively impact the overall life of the phone's battery (edit: in other words, the battery will ...
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1answer
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How to train the battery

I am trying to find the way to use my battery in the most efficient manner. I found several suggestions how to achieve the longest life of the battery, and one of these suggestions is quite strange ...
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Sony Ericsson DISCHARGES when plugged in

I have a Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman (WT19i). About a week ago my phone started discharging when plugged in for charging using either a Samsung wall charger or the USB port on my PC. It charged ...
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I'm interested in using a laptop battery as an external battery pack for phone

As title said I'd like to use a laptop battery for my phone as an extender. One usage would be on a plane where my laptop is too bulky to really use but I could pull the battery out of it and use it ...
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unable to charge Google Nexus I9250

I am unable to charge my phone most of the times. When I connect my phone to the USB cable which is in turn connected to the computer or charger, most of the times (about 90 percent), I am unable to ...
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Recharge interface infinite boot loop

I'm having this problem for a while and don't remember exactly how it occurred, if I remember well, it started happening after flashing a non-stock ROM with CWM, but can't really reproduce it. ...