Charger problems

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by LVHQ, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. LVHQ, Nov 17, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011

    LVHQ macrumors newbie

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    For some reason, when I plug in my iPhone (3G) it acts as though I am constantly plugging and unplugging it (vibrates and goes from displaying a charging and normal screen). I've tried a different outlet with the same results. Also, I have plugged my iPad in to the same cord and outlet and it charges normally. Since I mostly charge my phone at night, the vibrating is disruptive, and I'm not sure how to turn it off, if I can. What should I do?
     
  2. abijnk macrumors 68040

    abijnk

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    It sounds like you have done enough to rule out problems with the cord or the outlet, which is a good start.

    Question about when you tried the iPad: did you use the same cord AND wall adapter, or did you plug the cord into the iPad wall adapter?

    The reason this is important is because in trouble shooting charging issues there are 5 physical things that need checked out: the outlet, the wall adapter, the cord, the charging port, and the battery.

    Sounds like the outlet and the cord are good. Next verify that there isn't anything wrong with the wall adapter. If the wall adapter is fine, check to see if there is any debris in the charging port. You can use compressed air to clean it out if you have it available. Also try to visibly inspect the charging port for any physical deformity that might cause an issue, although if you can still plug the cord in just fine that isn't likely.

    If you get to the end and there isn't any change and you can't find any specific part malfunctioning, then the issue is most likely something internal to the phone and will need repair by someone who knows their way around the inside of the phone (i.e. Apple or a legit repair facility).

    As for turning off the vibrate when you plug it in, I've never heard of a way to do that, sorry. :(
     
  3. LVHQ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I did change to the iPad wall adapter. Just now I've dug up an old iPod Nano and plugged it in to the iPhone wall adapter - same problem, so it must be the wall adapter. Thank you so much!
     

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