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    Will using the wrong charger hurt anything?

    I have one for my Palm pilot that is 5.2V with 500ma
    One for my bluetooth Different plug, might adapt it that is 5.9V 375ma

    The correct one that came with the phone is 5v 550 ma

    And... by Palm Pilot will charge off my USB port on my laptop.

    Suggestions? My phone is a Razor V3.xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan
    I have one for my Palm pilot that is 5.2V with 500ma
    One for my bluetooth Different plug, might adapt it that is 5.9V 375ma

    The correct one that came with the phone is 5v 550 ma

    And... by Palm Pilot will charge off my USB port on my laptop.

    Suggestions? My phone is a Razor V3.xx
    If you use an unapproved charger, it can void your warranty.
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    and, as I've found out in a pinch, wreck the battery on the mobile

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    I had a razr charger i used on my 8125 while using wifi...The battery got real hot and needless to say it wasnt the same after that.
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    ...and possibly cause a fire and burn down your house or car. Spend the extra few bucks on an approved charger.
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    If they put out the same voltage, and the charger is for the appropriate type of battery, it shouldn't cause any problems unless you're trying to run the phone off the charger and it doesn't have the juice to do it. I once ruined a perfectly good laptop battery doing that with a car charger for an old Thinkpad 560x. I tried to use it on my T30. It "worked," as in it charged the battery, but it didn't take to well to the charger dropping out for a few seconds when the load got too high and cutting back in.

    Of course, it all depends on the device. Some devices don't care, some care deeply and will fail if you even look at it with a strange charger.

    Of course, Cingular doesn't help matters with almost exclusively selling non-OEM chargers in their stores.

    All that said, I strongly doubt the extra .2v would make a whit of difference, but it could mean new battery time.

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    I used the wrong SE charger for my phone once and the phone died. I had to have it replaced.

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    Unless you designed the thing, you generally don't know what the acceptable voltage input range for the phone is. The only thing you know is that the voltage output from the OEM charger is acceptable. Make sure the voltages match exactly. If not, get an appropriate charger. They're not that expensive.

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    It's not the expense, it having too many cords and plugs.

    I've got one for my Bluetooth
    One for my Magellan Navigator
    One for my Razr Phone
    One for my electric ice chest

    I was hoping to make a pigtail so I only need one car charger.

    Plus I have to drive...

    I've got a universal charger coming in the mail, hopefully it will solve the problem.

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    Exactly. {exclaimed while looking over at the pile of charger bricks by the PC...} Sometimes even small voltage differences can be messy as has been pointed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awj223
    Unless you designed the thing, you generally don't know what the acceptable voltage input range for the phone is. The only thing you know is that the voltage output from the OEM charger is acceptable. Make sure the voltages match exactly. If not, get an appropriate charger. They're not that expensive.

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