1. lrscpa's Avatar
    Normally when charging, the battery indicator looks like a lightning bolt, occasionally it will look like a plug.

    What's the difference?
    09-11-11 08:06 PM
  2. odpm1977's Avatar
    Does that happen when you switch themes? never seen that happening but I might be wrong.
    09-11-11 09:19 PM
  3. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Either the battery is charged or the charging source has a low output. It's charging but not as fast.
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    09-11-11 10:07 PM
  4. MADBRADNYC's Avatar
    The plug indicator usually means that the battery is fully charged and since it is charged, the current is going directly past the battery cells and powering the device directly. It can also mean that the charging source is insufficient to power the device. Input for a BlackBerry wall charger is anywhere from 100-240 volts a.c. depending on country. The BlackBerry charger has anywhere from approximately 5 to 7 amps depending on what device it was made for. Utilizing alternative chargers may result in the battery not being charged at the proper rate (too slow).

    An example of this is how some people attempt to charge their devices from a laptop usb, and they receive a message that the unit cannot be powered from this source. It is not quick enough to do so. In other cases (like using a PlayBook charger) it may be too much for the device to handle. It may charge very quickly, but it may even over charge, and overheat, causing a meltdown. This usually happens over a long period of time.

    BlackBerry device have a governor which attempts to prevent over charging in most cases; however, insufficient charging is not prevented except for warnings from a PC or laptop.

    http://www.mrsolar.com/content/faq/w...watts-mean.php
    Last edited by MADBRADNYC; 09-12-11 at 04:04 AM. Reason: Added link to understand volts, watts, amps etc.
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    09-12-11 03:53 AM
  5. bimmerny's Avatar
    Mean's you battery is done charging and you're good to go.
    09-17-11 03:20 PM
  6. dictoresno's Avatar
    It means the battery is charged and that the phone is using wall power exclusively. 120 volts is as quick as it gets, but considering that electricity travels at the speed of light through copper wire, there's no chance it could be "too slow."
    actually, i believe the speed of electricity in open environments (lightening) travels close to or at the speed of light. however, electricity traveling through copper wire actually travels under the speed of light. it all may depend on voltage, wire composition etc. but basically its very close to it, but not quite.
    09-17-11 10:00 PM
  7. bbzak's Avatar
    But what if the battery is still showing half charged and the plug sign is visible?

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    09-18-11 05:16 AM
  8. dictoresno's Avatar
    But what if the battery is still showing half charged and the plug sign is visible?

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    is this with an AC wall charger or with a USB cable.
    09-18-11 05:59 PM
  9. mtint's Avatar
    But what if the battery is still showing half charged and the plug sign is visible?

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    This is a Feature!

    This is the case when the battery/phone is too hot. Not sure about exact number but when battery temperature is nearly or over 40C the phone will stop charging battery, show plug icon, with the purpose to protect the battery - not to over heat and blow it eventually.
    09-18-11 11:05 PM
  10. Moon_Juice's Avatar
    The plug indicator usually means that the battery is fully charged and since it is charged, the current is going directly past the battery cells and powering the device directly. It can also mean that the charging source is insufficient to power the device. Input for a BlackBerry wall charger is anywhere from 100-240 volts a.c. depending on country. The BlackBerry charger has anywhere from approximately 5 to 7 amps depending on what device it was made for. Utilizing alternative chargers may result in the battery not being charged at the proper rate (too slow).

    An example of this is how some people attempt to charge their devices from a laptop usb, and they receive a message that the unit cannot be powered from this source. It is not quick enough to do so. In other cases (like using a PlayBook charger) it may be too much for the device to handle. It may charge very quickly, but it may even over charge, and overheat, causing a meltdown. This usually happens over a long period of time.

    BlackBerry device have a governor which attempts to prevent over charging in most cases; however, insufficient charging is not prevented except for warnings from a PC or laptop.

    What does Volts, Amps, Ohms, and Watts mean?
    Great...I use a Curve 8900 charger at home, or my laptop. On the road I have a generic T-Mobile car charger and a Motorola wall plug from a BT headset. The USB/Wall charger supplied with my Bold has never been used because I've always assumed these other chargers were more than sufficient: "a micro USB plug is a micro USB plug." Have I been wrong all this time? Am I doing damage?
    09-20-11 11:53 AM
  11. Phill_UK's Avatar
    Great...I use a Curve 8900 charger at home, or my laptop. On the road I have a generic T-Mobile car charger and a Motorola wall plug from a BT headset. The USB/Wall charger supplied with my Bold has never been used because I've always assumed these other chargers were more than sufficient: "a micro USB plug is a micro USB plug." Have I been wrong all this time? Am I doing damage?
    You're not doing any damage, you're just using less juice to charge your battery.

    The 9000/9700/9780 battery was beefed up compared to the old 8900 one, and so was the wall charger to suit the extra power. By using a lower mAh charger, it's taking you longer to fully charge the battery than it would with the correct charger.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
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    09-20-11 03:57 PM
  12. MADBRADNYC's Avatar
    Thanks Phill,
    I just got around to seeing this, and you have already provided the correct answer.
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    09-20-11 07:54 PM
  13. b-dawwg87's Avatar
    i have the same problem, recently got a replacement and charged my phone and it was full before i went to bed, woke up with half a battery and the plug sign in my battery bar, its nothing to do with battery or charger as ive never had any problems from them before, its only since i got this new phone
    05-17-12 05:35 AM
  14. fego360's Avatar
    Yea,I was using Bold2(9700)with different chargers before and never had this problem,I think is something from the Software on 9800 and 9810,but is really annoying
    08-25-12 03:32 PM
  15. Batter Pudding's Avatar
    Ever noticed the speed difference when charging from a PC cable or from the official wall charger? Always faster from the mains. Your PC will only let the phone have 500mA. The mains charger is 700mA

    There are now Car Ciggy Lighter chargers that work at two different amperages. It is becoming especially relevant for some of the tablet devices. The one I have here is a TomTom one which puts out 2.1amps to a USB cable socket (though I have not actually got round to needing to use it yet so can't comment on how well it works)
    08-26-12 10:07 AM
  16. dimu4ever's Avatar
    Thanks a lot for your contribution mtint it has saved me from several months of agony, that I thought my BB, the charger or charging port was faulty. Jahbless
    10-12-13 06:45 AM
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