How To Charge A Cell Phone With A Damaged Micro|Mini USB Charging Port
Charging A Cell Phone With A Damaged Micro|Mini USB Port
We do so much nowadays with our cell phones and/or smart phones (internet browsing, banking, gaming, music listening, video watching, picture taking, video shooting, etc.), that these electronic devices become indispensable to the running of our lives, so much so, when they sustain any damages, and, as a result, are rendered momentarily inoperable, we panic.
The inability to recharge a cell phone, due to a defective or broken micro/mini USB port, is one of those scary events. In this article, we’ll explore ways to charge a cell phone through means other than the built-in micro/mini USB charging port.
Inability To Recharge A Cell Phone
The inability to recharge a cell phone because of a defective charging port is not only frustrating, but may also result in a loss of earnings, especially if you use your phone as a mobile office to conduct business, and your clients are temporarily unable to contact you. The simple solution is to replace or to get the phone fixed. Then again, you may not be in a financial position to do so at that point and time, in which case the ideal and inexpensive temporary fix is to find alternative ways to recharge the mobile phone, which we will share with you in this article.
Tools Needed To Recharge A Cell Phone With A Defective USB Port
To recharge a cell phone by means other than through the conventional micro/mini USB port, you must be able to access the battery (the proposed recharging solution herein is not amenable to all cell phones), the battery must be removable, and you need:
- Needle or Safety Pin
- USB Cable
- Universal Battery Charger With LCD Display, or
- Universal Battery Charger With LED Display, or
- Universal Battery Travel Charger
- Batteries (Cell Phone)
- Mini Power Inverter
- Mini Pliers
- Dime (photo)
Needle or Safety Pin
Constant insertion and removal of the mini/micro USB end of the cable into and out of the Cell Phone’s mini/micro USB charging port may lead to a defective charging port, due to wear and tear, dirt and lint.
To clean the port:
- Turn Off the Cell Phone, remove the battery cover by inserting a dime in the groove, and take off the battery.
- Gently insert the pointed part of either implement (Needle or Safety Pin) into the port, wiggling it gently and ensuring that no damage is done to the electronic components in the process.
- Install the battery back. Put the cover back.
- Connect the mini/micro end of the USB cable into the Cell Phone’s charging port. Insert the other end of the USB cable into a USB Adapter Port. Plug the USB Adapter into an AC Outlet.
- Turn On the Cell Phone. The charging icon from the status bar will indicate whether the phone is being charged. If so, pat yourself on the back for having done a great job. If not, see pictures and video, and read more to learn how to charge the Cell Phone’s battery with a Universal Battery Charger.
The Universal Battery Charger With LCD Display and the Universal Battery Charger With LED Display come each with a respective USB Port, enabling the charging of your mobile phone in your car or at home through a USB Adapter with a USB 2.0 Male-To-Male Cable.
If you scour the web in search of an answer to the charging problem, you may come across solutions proposing the charging of the cell phone from your computer/laptop’s USB port by stripping off of a USB cable’s positive (+) and negative (–) wires, and connecting them respectively to the battery’s metal contacts – positive (+) and negative (–).
In our view, those advised elements of solutions are dangerous, and may short-circuit you computer or charger if the live positive (+) and negative (–) wires were to touch; the purchase of a Universal Battery Charger is a safer course of action, in our opinion.
Universal Battery Chargers
Before you buy any Universal Battery Charger, compare your Cell Phone’s charger specifications to those of the Universal Charger for relative compatibility. For instance, the Universal Battery Charger With LCD‘s and the Cell Phone Charger‘s respective specifications are:
Universal Battery Charger With LCD
- Input: AC 100-240V
- Frequency: 50/60Hz 150mA
- Output: DC 4.2V 600mA
- DC 5.2V 1250mA (USB)
Cell Phone Charger
- Input: AC 100-240V
- Frequency: 50/60Hz 0.2A
- Output: DC 5V 1.0A
Based on the competing outputs of the chargers (DC 5.2V 1250mA vs DC 5V 1.0A), the Universal Battery Charger With LCD can easily charge the Cell Phone’s battery.
The Universal Battery Charger With LCD Display and the Universal Battery Charger With LED Display are similar in many respects: they both display the level of charge, and can be plugged into an AC Outlet at home and/or a USB Port Adapter in your car, which speaks to versatility. They differ, however, in respective Outputs: DC 5.2 1250mA (USB) vs DC 5.2V 800mA USB.
The Universal Battery Travel Charger, unlike its counterparts, does not sport a USB Port, but can be plugged into an AC Outlet to charge a cell phone, and does have the LED state of charge indicators. If you want to know how to use it in your car, stay tuned for our next article:
You need a minimum of two (2) batteries to implement the cell phone charging strategy outlined herein. You’ll charge both batteries first, with either Universal Battery Charger or both (a plausible excuse to buy two (2) chargers). Then, when a battery is discharged, you won’t have to wait for the second spare battery to charge, it would have been already charged. Just replace and recharge the drained battery, and so on.
How To Charge A Battery With A Universal Battery Charger
Align the positive (+) and negative (–) pins of the Universal Battery Charger with the positive (+) and negative (–) metal contacts of the battery. Establish contact (the Universal Battery Charger’s LED displays the level of charge), plug the Universal Battery Charger into an AC Outlet or a USB Adapter (via USB Cable). When the battery is fully charged, unplug the charger and remove the battery.
Do You Really Need 3 Universal Chargers?
You don’t really need all 3 Universal Chargers. You can get by with just one; we specially love the Universal Battery Charger With LCD Display for three (3) reasons:
- Practical design
- Superior DC Output, and
- LCD Display
Practical Design.- Irrespective of the battery’s height, it can fit in nicely. The width may be an issue if the battery is oversized.
DC Output.- The Universal Battery Charger With LCD Display DC Output is 5.2V 1250mA (USB), vs the competition’s meager 5.2V 800mA (USB) (Universal Battery Charger With LED Display) or 4.22V 300mA (Universal Battery Travel Charger – No USB Port).
LCD Display.- The LCD Display clearly indicates the battery’s state of charge from 0% – 100%, in increments of 25%.
To simplify the matter, let’s have a side-by-side comparison table of the Universal Battery Chargers‘ specifications.
But if you’ve read our previous articles on the matter of spare parts, charging gadgets, and sources of energy, you should know our philosophy by now: The more, the merrier. Redundancy is not a vice, but a virtue. If one Universal Battery Charger fails, the other two spares are ready to step in. Besides, they are very affordable (see why you need at least two (2) chargers under Batteries).
Causes Of Inability To Charge A Cell Phone & Remedies
Your inability to charge your Cell Phone may be due to a number of factors:
- Loose or dirty USB Charging Port – Clean with a needle or a safety pin (watch the video ).
- Loose USB Cable — Use a pair of pliers to tighten (watch the video ).
- UN-rechargeable, cycled out battery – Replace the battery.
- Battery is charged, but status bar indicates otherwise – Power off/Restart the phone.
A common occurrence that renders a cell phone/smart phone useless is the inability to recharge the unit, because of a defective charging port. Over time, the frequent insertion and removal of the male end of the micro/mini USB cable into and out of the cell phone’s female charging port may damage the port to the point that they no longer fit into each other tightly, that looseness makes it almost impossible to recharge the cell phone.
To restore the original snug fit, use a pair of pliers to slightly clamp the male end of the micro/mini USB cable, ensuring that no damages are done, and insert it back into the female port. If that does not solve the charging problem, then you have no choice but to either replace the phone, get it fixed, or recharge it as per the innovative method outlined in the article.
Needle, Pin & Pliers Techniques
The Needle, Pin & Pliers Techniques apply to both cell phones with swappable and unswappable batteries. If your cell phone’s battery is inaccessible (unswappable), and the USB charging port is loose, slightly damaged or dirty, the only way to charge the cell phone is to use the needle or pin nudging technique to clean the USB port; and the pliers technique to gently and slightly squeeze the USB cable (do not damage the USB cable’s micro/mini end in the process).
Case and point is the smart phone ZTE ZMAX Z970. It’s loaded with features and apps, but its battery is not swappable. To replace the battery, you must either ship it back to the manufacturer or take it to an authorized service provider. The Needle, Pin & Pliers Techniques are ideal in this case if the inability to charge the cell phone is due to a dirty, loose, or slightly damaged USB port.
Universal Battery Charger Techniques
The Universal Battery Charger Techniques are suited for cell phones with swappable batteries whose USB charging ports are irreparably damaged and fail to respond to the Needle, Pin & Pliers Techniques. In this case, the only way to recharge the battery is to take it out of the phone and to charge it through the Universal Battery Charger at home or in your car.
Mankind’s worst enemies are ignorance and diseases. Although we can’t cure the latter, but can surely shed some light on the former.
The ideas imparted in this article (How To Charge A Cell Phone With A Damaged Micro/Mini USB Charging Port) have been a life-saver. Being unaware of this alternative cell phone charging techniques may result in loss of earnings, especially if your cell phone is your mobile office; for all intents and purposes, you practically run your business on your smart phone. This alternative cell phone charging method will come in handy if you can’t afford to replace your smart phone posthaste.
Be proactive, buy the Universal Battery Chargers and the USB 2.0 Male-To-Male Cable beforehand. Should you experience such battery charging difficulty with your cell phone, you would have a handy solution, thanks to your foresight.
You can charge your cell phone with either of the following Compact Emergency Power Supply Units:
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