Droid 2: loose charger port
HaleyBlaze
Newbie

My charging port is loose, and will fall out with the slightest movement. In order to use it while charging, I need to hold the charger in a certain position which is very tiresome. Is there anyway I can fix this myself without replacing it?

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PaulParty
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Add the $7 insurance to your plan and 7 days later lose your phone overboard fishing and get a new one. I bet you did not have the problem for at least the first 6 Mo. You owned the phone. 1. Use the black berry slightly larger jack. The larger the jack the more loose it will become and your back to square 1. 2. Before you get a new phone, power down phone, using as fine point machinist or eye glass screw driver or needle tip, (Razor blade works good) squeeze the female port together from around the outside edge making the hole tighter. Do not try this with a loved one, phone only. It will work for a few more days till you get the new phone. Do not tell Version you did this as they will have an excuse to deny responsibility for replacement or repair. The permanent fix is for the manufacture of the case to simply make the hole smaller so the port cannot expand. So simple yet it's all about parts and service to cash in on upgrades especially if you are paying insurance but bought you item on line so you can't have it fixed or replaced in a store. Hope this helps.

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KrispyKreemD
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The last reply I read, the guy went to a retail outlet and paid an outrageous amount of money for a battery and charger.  That would be the right thing to do if you or someone you know wasn't handy with a mini screwdriver, soldering, and following directions well.  eBay has many US sellers (fastest shipping) who sell replacement li-ion batteries as low as $3 with free shipping. To charge that replacement battery you can also find US sellers selling "universal" li-ion wall chargers for just about the same $3.  That's if you can wait the 3 days it may take to be delivered.  $57 for now, or the same $57 would had bought you  6 chargers and 12 batteries through eBay three days down the line.   If your USB port is "blown-out" meaning its not as tight as it used to be, or the actual contacts inside have broken, then you can purchase the USB port itself and have it soldered in.  Just find the geeky kid in the neighborhood and offer him $20 to fix it.  Just ask him if he knows what "solder braid/wick" is (it's used t soak up the solder off of the contacts f whatever is being soldered) since he will need to use that and have the skill of working will small precise solder joints, which most kids already posses. My mothers Droid2 Global is still tight but doesn't always charge, I'm going to open it up and re-solder the port to the main circuit board and then superglue it so it don't break free again.  Other wise i was going to buy the port for $5 shipped and do the same re-soldering repair technique to install it.  I make it sound so easy, though it isn't as common as say making toast.

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PaulParty
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Good one, yes it will work out but only a temp fix. Just like a chick, the larger the jack the more loose it will become and your back to square 1. The temp fix before you get a new one is. 1. Power down phone. 2. Using as fine point machinist or eye glass screw driver or needle tip, (Razor blade works good) squeeze the female port together from around the outside edge making the hole more tight. Do not try this with a loved one, phone only. It will work for a few more day till you get the new one. Do not tell Version you did this as they will have an excuse to denies responsibility for replacement or repair. The permanent fix is for the manufacture of the case simply make the hole smaller so the port can not expand. So simple yet its all about parts and service to cash in on upgrades especially if you are paying insurance but bought you item on line so you cant have it fixed or replaced in a store. in. Hope this helps.

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flash1970
Newbie

Did you do this yet and take any pictures when you replaced the usb port on your phone? I'm about to do the same thing to my Droid 2. I bought this...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-USB-Charger-Port-Motorola-A955-Droid-2-A956-A953-/300572355607?pt=LH_De...http://www.ebay.com/itm/300572355607?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

I saw this video and it's a good start but doesn't go into detail with replacing the port...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUXSmlwUC9Q

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yieldhog
Newbie

Did you ever figure out how to change the charging port?  I ordered the same part and have taken apart the phone as well.  Now I am wondering what I am going to do.  In fact, it looks like it might be challenging to unsolder the old port from the motherboard.

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ciggy
Newbie

HaleyBlaze I'm in the same situation with mine too among a host of other major problems going on with the keyboard now. I have been using up until today my Multimedia docking station as a way to charge it.  Nothing else would work except my car but that's not convenient.  But the docking station charging has stopped working and I'm desperate to find out what you did to fix the problem.  Please share your discovery.  Thanks!

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mstyrose
Enthusiast - Level 2

I recently had a problem with my sons charging port on his droid 2.  The port was damaged from misuse and he wallowed out the port from not being careful and jamming the charger in the port.  He was getting by with it until recently the charger was so loose it wouldn't connect to charge.  In searching for a solution besides replacing the phone I came across the idea of a battery alone charger.  Verizon did not have one compatible with the droid 2 so in searching further I found one at Radio Shack for the phone.  It comes with an extra battery so you are not with out your phone while it is charging.  So far far it is working fine and the only inconvenience is changing out the battery.  The cost was reasonable at $57.00 plus tax.

 

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HaleyBlaze
Newbie

Thank you for your input, but I decided to make an attempt at fixing it myself and did a pretty good job. My phone is charging now, and that's all I wanted. Thank you for your input!

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PinkBillows
Newbie

@HaleyBlaze   I have the same problem.  My phone is out of warranty and I don't have insurance. Short of paying $200-300 to upgrade my phone prematurely, paying $50 to a cell phone repair shop, or $100 for a charging mat and adaptor, I am clueless as to how to fix it myself.  What did you do???

TIY!

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HaleyBlaze
Newbie

Alright, now my phone won't charge at all.

 

The port has been loose since I bought my phone but gradually become looser, and as of 5 minutes ago it will not charge at all.

 

I tried:

-different wall outlet

-plugging into pc

-restarting phone

 

My phone won't even recognize that it is plugged in.

No led light, no little lightning bult.

**bleep**?

 

Help please :smileysad:

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PaulParty
Enthusiast - Level 2

Add the $7 insurance to your plan and 7 days later lose your phone overboard fishing and get a new one. I bet you did not have the problem for at least the first 6 Mo. You owned the phone. 1. Use the black berry slightly larger jack. The larger the jack the more loose it will become and your back to square 1. 2. Before you get a new phone, power down phone, using as fine point machinist or eye glass screw driver or needle tip, (Razor blade works good) squeeze the female port together from around the outside edge making the hole tighter. Do not try this with a loved one, phone only. It will work for a few more days till you get the new phone. Do not tell Version you did this as they will have an excuse to deny responsibility for replacement or repair. The permanent fix is for the manufacture of the case to simply make the hole smaller so the port cannot expand. So simple yet it's all about parts and service to cash in on upgrades especially if you are paying insurance but bought you item on line so you can't have it fixed or replaced in a store. Hope this helps.

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vanessas_vzw
Verizon Employee

Good morning and thank you  for your response.

 

HaleyBlaze, I understand you not wanting to replace your device; however, any work-arounds will only be temporary.  How long have you had the Droid 2?  Do you have insurance on it?  It may be covered under the warranty, or insurance.  However, we would need to speak with you personally or access your account to determine your options.  If you like, please send me a Private Message, and I will be happy to personally assist you. 

 

Thank you,

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Elitist_Jerk
Contributor - Level 2

you can try a fatter charger like a blackberry

PaulParty
Enthusiast - Level 2

Good one, yes it will work out but only a temp fix. Just like a chick, the larger the jack the more loose it will become and your back to square 1. The temp fix before you get a new one is. 1. Power down phone. 2. Using as fine point machinist or eye glass screw driver or needle tip, (Razor blade works good) squeeze the female port together from around the outside edge making the hole more tight. Do not try this with a loved one, phone only. It will work for a few more day till you get the new one. Do not tell Version you did this as they will have an excuse to denies responsibility for replacement or repair. The permanent fix is for the manufacture of the case simply make the hole smaller so the port can not expand. So simple yet its all about parts and service to cash in on upgrades especially if you are paying insurance but bought you item on line so you cant have it fixed or replaced in a store. in. Hope this helps.

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