Should I get the Rapid Charger?
I saw a lot of post about how their playbook usb port died and had to send it back to RIM. I'm thinking whether i should get the rapid Charger or not. Is it really necessary? How many people here use the Rapid Charger to save the usb port?
- 05-10-12, 12:52 AM #2
Me! and I love it... well worth the money.... shop around on line .. can get them at a good price.
I use the Rapid Charger with the magnetic end. Can connect it in the dark!CB
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- 05-10-12, 01:10 AM #5
Rapid Charger is pricey but totally worth it. I now have two of the stands (bedtable and my desk at work) and the travel one (which has that awesome, Apple-like magnetic latch).
Charges MUCH faster than USB. Less risk of wear on the USB port. No-brainer.
- CrackBerry User
05-10-12, 01:54 AM #7
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I find the battery doesn't hold the charge as long when using the rapid charger.
Go back to the usb charger and see if its the same for you.
I also find the rapid charger annoying with its short cord length from the huge adapter.There are two types of phones in this world... a Blackberry and a Dingleberry
- 05-10-12, 02:48 AM #10
I dont know how people find these for like $10 but Id say anything under $35 is a NO BRAINER
thanks for the information.. i'm not complaining about charging time with usb charger. I'm just worry that the USB port might die one day. or Can i just live with it and be careful when changing with USB charger?
- 05-10-12, 03:41 AM #12
If you're careful and you always look at the BlackBerry logo and make sure it's facing up. You will be fine. But remember,. If your spouse, sister, mother, brother, or daughter ever plugs it in, and doesn't look, it will get damaged.
Unlike on most phones, the Playbooks USB port allows for microusb type a and type b. And as such accommodates both plugs, on your phone, you can probably only plug your micro USB one way, the socket prevents it from going in upside down. The Playbook doesn't, and you will bend pins.
Between my rapid charger, wireless file transfer, and now the wireless sideloading extension for chrome, I literally never use my USB port.
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05-10-12, 07:27 AM #15
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Bought the "dock" as opposed to just the plug. Love it and haven't used the USB charger since getting it(unless I go somewhere). Well worth the $15 I payed for it(staples closeout sale).
I don't find my battery drains any faster using the dock or the USB. I've actually tested this with battery guru(nothing running other then battery guru with "keep awake" set to on), seeing as there have been reports of such rapid drainage using the rapid charger.Cell Phone History:Motorola Bag phone > Motorola Star Tac gen1 > Motorola Star Tac gen 2 > Motorola Razr > BlackBerry Pearl > Iphone gen1 > BlackBerry Curve > BlackBerry Torch > BlackBerry Torch II > BlackBerry Bold 9900 > BlackBerry Z10 > PassPort
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- 05-10-12, 08:51 AM #16
In my experience, and opinion, there's NO reason to believe that using the rapid charger results in the battery "not holding a charge" as well as with the regular charger. It really makes no sense to say that either, since they charge at almost exactly the same rate anyway, and stop charging once the battery reaches the same voltage. In fact, if you look at the part of charging above about 70%, you'll see that they are identical, since the current drops off as it reaches 100%.
What's that?! Same rate? How can the rapid charger be so incredibly much faster than the regular charger then?
Well, it's not... unless you always charge with the screen on. With the screen off, they both charge around 9W... the rapid charger slightly higher, but obviously not enough to make any big difference. It's about 3.5h total charge time for the regular one, and 3.2h for the rapid charger.
Charging with the screen on uses much more power, however, but the rapid charger can keep up, supplying even more power as required so it keeps up. The regular charger cannot keep up with the extra demand, so the net power going to the battery itself is lower, and it takes longer than the 3.5h it would take in standby.
Also note that this potential extra speed for the rapid charger will be seen only below about 70%, where the charge current is not limited quite as much. Above that, even with the screen on, the two chargers will basically act identically.
All these things determined using Battery Guru of course...
05-10-12, 08:58 AM #17
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ok my dad rang and complained to rim about how long it takes to charge the playbook using the USB charger AND they sent him a rapid charger for free, im well jealous, he said it charges in about an hour now.....pmsl
it was just the charger not the stand.
- 05-10-12, 01:42 PM #19
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05-10-12, 02:22 PM #22
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Just ring RIM and tell them your playbook isnt charging anymore and that you can charge it from using USB through your pc or that you borrowed a friends phone charger and that works also so the charger that came with it is faulty.
dont tell them you stood on the charger......lol
Rim will send you out a charger
- CrackBerry User
05-10-12, 03:16 PM #24
- 67 Posts
The rapid charger is not that much faster than the supplied charger but it does make it more convenient and safter connection. It is very easy to damage that micro usb if it is not plugged in carefully. I got my rapid charger from Future shop , they matched crackberry sale price a couple of weeks ago and i got it right away.....Regards
- 05-10-12, 04:16 PM #25
well I think it was the RMA department she connected me to. Anyway they confirmed my shipping address and are to be emailing me a tracking number when the charger ships. Very nice people. My first experience with RIM's tech support and I am happy to say it was very pleasant.