Need help, weird charging problem

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thehustleman, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. thehustleman macrumors 65816

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    So I went to a friends house and I noticed my Nexus battery was getting quite a bit low.

    I plugged it into her wall to charge. I had a 2 amp charger that usually charges pretty fast. My phone was on 30%.

    30 minutes later I'm expected around 60% or so, but I looked at it and it's still at exactly 30%. I of course checked to see if the charger was really connected and the charger icon was there indicating that it is in fact charging. All my extra stuff that would use battery life were all turned off so I knew it wasn't that. I actually had the phone on airplane mode.

    Great!

    Well not so much.

    Next thing I suspect is that the outlet is bad, so I tested it with another item (a lamp) and it worked perfectly.

    I used the same power strip the TV was plugged into and 15 minutes later still on 30%!!!


    Next I pulled out my Anker 13,000 mah power bank out and hooked it up to my phone. 15 minutes later STILL ON 30%!!!

    So I mentioned it to her, she said "no one can really charge phones at my place for some reason, my iPhone (she has the 5s) doesn't even charge here. No phones, tablets, or anything charge in my apartment. I have to charge everything at work or in the car"


    We left her place to get something to eat and I hooked my phone back up to the battery bank and in that hour my phone was above 90% charged (it had gotten down to 28% by the time we left)!


    Last time this happened I just assumed the cord I had went bad, but now I know otherwise.


    So what is a rational explanation about why this apartment can't charge phones?!?!?
     
  2. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    seems more like a question for an electrician eh?
     
  3. thehustleman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That wouldn't explain my battery back not working
     
  4. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502

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    I know it doesn't help, but I have two outlets in my home that behave the same way. They power things, but not chargers.
     
  5. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    Well, you ended with..

    So i assumed that was your only question. If you wanted explanation on why your battery pack isn't working, you should have ended with that.
     
  6. thehustleman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well that was a part of it.

    The battery pack works great away from her place.

    Someone said it could be a huge magnetic field, but I don't know about that
     
  7. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502

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    The most plausible explanation I can come up with, is that the charger itself is deciding that the plugs are not viable. Be it that they are out of code, old, etc.
     

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