Charging cable question

Prospekt

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Hey everyone, just got my Droid two days ago. Today I purchased a longer USB cable to plug into the charger that came with the phone. Do I have to worry about any different output regarding the power and my battery with this different cable? I would think not since I only replaced the USB cable rather than the whole charging unit.

Thanks for any help. :)
 

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If you are going to use it for charging only, you shouldn't have an issue. When you get longer that 16-18 feet there is a chance of data loss (well at least with printers and computers).
 

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Ok thanks! It's for charging only and I only got a 6 foot cable so it could reach my bed when its plugged in. I was planning on using the standard shorter cable for when I plug it into the computer. Thanks again! :)
 

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USB cables are not all the same. Just keep an eye on your charge and if your losing battery power pretty quickly throughout the day, i would go back to the cord that came with the phone. And know that if you do have a battery issue and call Verizon about it, the one of the first things they are going to ask you is what charging cable you are using. My .2 cents
 

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Hmmm, well if I am charging it plugged into the wall outlet that came with the droid and not the computer then does it charge the same output and everything as the original cord?
 

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Most likely yes. I'm sorry but it seems you have worded that in a way that its fairly difficult to understand. All I know is that usb cables are not all the same. My old blackberry pearl charger wont charge my girlfriends phone even though it fit properly. And when I had battery issues and called Verizon about it, one of the first things they asked me was if I was using the cable that came with it. Moto made this easy for us by making the cable itself detachable, I feel as though they did it for a reason. So I make sure I use the moto cable for charging and computer use.
 

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the cables are the same. the only time a cable that fits won't charge a phone is if the phone looks for an IC that allows it to charge (older moto phones were notorious for doing this)

this was one of the reasons companies went from proprietary connections to mini and then micro usb.

i do agree that an extremely long cable can cause data loss, but for charging, if it does ANYTHING, it'll charge slower.

in all likelihood moto gave us a usb brick and a separate cable because it means they only have to give us one cable instead of a power adapter with integrated cable and then a separate data cable.

fwiw, i've used the cable that comes with the phone, a generic micro cable i bought, my friend's tour cable, a storm cable, and the generic verizon car charger. they all worked just fine.
 
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Using the USB charger is going to be industry standard shortly. In my experience, I have used several different USB cables for my droid w/o issue. If it is a charger, not a usb cord, that is a different issue.
 

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I use monoprice micro USB problems and have had no problems so it's not all second-hand cables that cause the problem, maybe just cheap knock-off cables.