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    Default Unable to charge the S5 with my go-to portable charger

    Hey all,

    So I just purchased an international model (900H to be exact) of the S5 and have a major charging issue.

    First of all I'd like to mentioned that similarly to a lot of people who have purchased the phone in the UK, I have only received a regular microUSB, or USB2 cable, in the box. I don't mind that since I transfer the files directly to the and from the microSD card anyways as opposed to plugging my phone in my computer.

    The problem is when I try to charge the phone with anything but a 2.1A output wall adapter. So it's NOT the cable that's the problem (I've tried mixing and matching) but the charging only initiates when I charge the phone with my the giving samsung wall adapter and my nexus 5 all adapter since they have a high output voltage for a phone charger. But it doesn't work with let's say, an iPhone 5 charger since the output is lower (as mentioned, this issue is present even with the official s5 usb cable).

    ANOTHER problem though, and the biggest for me at this moment, is that it fails to charge with my mophie power station (6000mAh) when it has a 2.1A output). This to me is a problem since I don't work at a desk and use the mophie power station on the go several times a week.

    If anyone has any suggestions or have experiences the same issue, please chime in to resolve this issue as it is not a minor flaw, considering it contributes as another problem to the already built up charging the problems people are experiencing with the S5.

    Thank you guys in advance and I hope to hear from you all soon.
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    Default Re: Unable to charge the S5 with my go-to portable charger

    It must have something to do with which pins are in use by the charger. I have my collection of wall warts from phones over the years and the S5 seems a little finicky. Some simply do not work. I have one 3 port charger and the s5 does not like the 2.1 A output, but likes the 1A fine. Its not a cable issue. It seems to like all my old palm chargers fine regardless of output.

    So, I dont think its the output, but rather the pin usage configuration. I'd talk to Morphie about whether its been tested with the S5.
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    Default Re: Unable to charge the S5 with my go-to portable charger

    Quote Originally Posted by jaltman View Post
    It must have something to do with which pins are in use by the charger. I have my collection of wall warts from phones over the years and the S5 seems a little finicky. Some simply do not work. I have one 3 port charger and the s5 does not like the 2.1 A output, but likes the 1A fine. Its not a cable issue. It seems to like all my old palm chargers fine regardless of output.

    So, I dont think its the output, but rather the pin usage configuration. I'd talk to Morphie about whether its been tested with the S5.
    I tend to agree here.

    I have a collection of old wall warts.... they were "iffy" at best before on my Galaxy S, now that I have the S5, I ran a new test with them. The ones that don't work I put in file 13.

    I also found that most of the older wall wart USB 2.0 cables are simply not up to the task of charging the S5 even when using the 2.1 amp Samsung a/c module adapter. So those cables went to file 13.

    I just don't need confusion in my life, getting rid of the older stuff. I'm down to 3 new cables now. That sack of "good stuff" went to the trash barrel (file 13)

    On your Morphie, there must be a pin configuration issue. Surely the output voltage is high enough to handle the S5.

    I had a Qi charger pad that at times, will start charging immediately. Other times, it is finicky for some reason and takes as long as a minute or more to switch ON to charging mode.

    Have you allowed the Morphie sufficient time to charge the S5?
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