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    Default found an old motorola car charger...will it fry my battery?

    So I found an old motorola car charger. It fits in my blackberry, and the charging icon comes on when plugged in. Is it ok to use? Or will it ruin my battery?

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    Candy, that's tough to answer without having the specs of the charger. I used a verizon car charger from a Razr on my Verizon curve 8330 and after a couple weeks, one day I plugged in my curve and the screen did a dissolve to white, I about had a stroke watching that.

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    Oh no. Mines an old razr charger too

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    don't doo it, i used a sidekick car charger for my bold and it totally killed my bold to its mainframe
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    If the voltage and amperage are the same as a BB charger then you should be OK. It doesn't sound like you have an engineering background, so I would suggest that you don't use it.
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    Ha what gave that away.

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    I would not use it either, a Berry pulls more amps than a moto, therfore the chargers are not set up for it. Why chance it?
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    USB is a standard, and all USB chargers should work. But- the RAZR chargers are different because the RAZR phone is set up to only accept RAZR chargers. You can't use another charger with a RAZR, but you should be able to use a RAZR charger on other phones. I used my old RAZR phone charger on my previous BB Curve with no problems. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sksautomatic View Post
    don't doo it, i used a sidekick car charger for my bold and it totally killed my bold to its mainframe

    really? thats what i use for mine. mayeb its not a "sidekick" one but it used to work on mine when i had it. its just a stadard tmobile usb car charger that i have been using for years on multiple phones. (wing, sidekick, and now my bold). ive been using it on my bold since i got it and never had a problem whatsoever.
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    I wouldn't do it. I had one of those motorola chargers and figured it would be ok, but I felt the back of the phone and screen getting extremely hot. After some reading and learned you can fry the phone doing that.

    Oh forgot to mention mine was also from a razr
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    Candy, I picked up a BB car charger for my 9700 from BIG LOTS not sure if these stores are in you area for $6.00 it's not OEM but it's worked fine for me since I purchased it in January.
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    Most cheap car chargers will ruin your device.. I used to buy my car chargers off of Ebay and ruined a lot of phones.. Best solution, spend an extra 10 bucks on a car charger for your BB and ur in the clear..
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    Wow now that I know this I think I won't be using my sister's old razr charger anymore. I will say though I think this isnt a definitive proven fact that not using a BB charger will ruin a BB.
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    I used a Razr charger to charge my blackberry bold, bricked two bolds. Luckily I was still under warranty and was able to get them replaced. Both times I had left it charging overnight.
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    I once used a usb car charger on my bold which was meant for my bluetooth headset. Even though it was charging my bold, it was also ruining the phone at the same time. After a week usage, it somehow instantly managed to fry the mainboard. Thankfully, i managed to get a replacement through warranty.
    Also, strangely the old battery was still working alright on the replacement phone.
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    It's weird that you guys have been having problems...I use my old razr charger with my bold9000 and have had no problems at all! - it charges at the same rate as well, and the battery holds the charge for the same amount of time...

    I think if you are planning on using an aftermarket charger, THEN it's something to be concerned about...
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    Ohhh. I am using my charger for my Motorola BT ear piece right now. It says on the plug the output is 5.0v 550mA.

    What should it be??

    Edit: I am using a Seidio 1650 and it says it's rated for 3.7v.

    I'm pretty sure AT&T just grabbed a car charger off the shelf, when I bought mine. I have a hard time believing they aren't generally universal, but I don't know anything about this stuff.
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    I used the charger from my GPS and I got a prompt informing me that " this device will not charge your phone", asked and answered.I did appreciate the BOLD'S heads up so unplugged before any issues.
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    In my ignorance, I tried using my BOLD charger on my Motorola SLVR and my SLVR charger on my BOLD. In my case neither phone charged. Those 2 phones use different model tips for the I-GO Charger; I THINK that there must be a difference in the plug wiring. Thankfully, the manufacturers are STARTING to standardize. AT&T's new ZERO Charger promises to be an even bigger improvement - no power drawn when not needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by O_C_Michael View Post
    AT&T's new ZERO Charger promises to be an even bigger improvement - no power drawn when not needed.
    this is VERY good to have!
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    Well, I've used USB charging at 100mah, a Sprint®
    car charger rated at 250mah, a Bluetooth® charger at 450 and 550mah, the stock chargers, and a speed charger rated at 1200 mah. It took me 14 months of heavy usage with all to kill my Curve battery. I've charged from Motos, LG, Sanyo, and several off-brand, and there's been no real difference between the bunch, except in length of time to charge. Typically, a BlackBerry is an equal opprtunity charger, it just wants to be fed.

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    I have neveer had a problem on mine.
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    This was discussed on a number of threads here over a year ago (here's one: http://forums.crackberry.com/f83/cha...estion-132287/).

    You can use your RAZR charger on your Bold. The key is that it is a 5 volt charger.

    There were a succession of RAZRs in my household, so I have a ton of old chargers for home and car. I have used them all without problem since I got my Bold over 15 months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by candy84 View Post
    So I found an old motorola car charger. It fits in my blackberry, and the charging icon comes on when plugged in. Is it ok to use? Or will it ruin my battery?

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    All in all, is it worth the few dollars gamble to possibly damage your phone? Over the lifetime of the phone you are only talking about pennies per day to have the right charger.
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