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Are all Android chargers the same?

Like can you use an HTC Wildfire charger on a Samsung Galaxy S3?

Most Useful Answer Codify  Jul. 12, 2013 at 22:10

Theoretically yes, you can use any microUSB charger. However the original samsung charger has added circuitry that increases the maximum allowed current, thus allowing the phone to charge faster. So unofficial or third party chargers may take longer to charge your phone.

You can follow this guide to hack any microUSB charger to behave like a Samsung original:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1384253

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universe1992  Jul. 12, 2013 at 21:37

S3 uses micro usb so if htc does then yes.

Codify  Jul. 12, 2013 at 22:10

Theoretically yes, you can use any microUSB charger. However the original samsung charger has added circuitry that increases the maximum allowed current, thus allowing the phone to charge faster. So unofficial or third party chargers may take longer to charge your phone.

You can follow this guide to hack any microUSB charger to behave like a Samsung original:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1384253

Kev`  Jul. 12, 2013 at 23:03

Yeh my HTC definitely seems to charge slower with a Samsung charger which I found strange, but just figured they add some sort of sensor into it to use full current when using on correct phone.

Infinite Element  Jul. 12, 2013 at 23:07

Are all Android chargers the same? No.

Like can you use an HTC Wildfire charger on a Samsung Galaxy S3? Yes.

xp2550  Jul. 12, 2013 at 23:58

No they are not.

Micro USB is the most common for android phones.
However various phones / tablets can use proprietary connectors. (example : HTC G1 , Samsung Tablets, Dell Streak )


Micro USB is meant to be the charger for most phones in the EU to cut down on waste.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/07/micro-usb-one-thing-the-eus-got-right/

dcx_badass  Jul. 13, 2013 at 02:43

Mostly yes, it will charge it, it just might be slower depending on the setup I use my HP Touchpad charger to charge everything I own, Xperia U, Kobo Touch, Nook Simple Touch, HP Touchpad, iPod Touch (with micro usb to ios dock adapter), raspberry pi etc. As long as it's 5v (which they all should be), then it's fine as the device will just draw the ma it needs.

mrew42  Jul. 13, 2013 at 12:00

Just to add to the conversation,:
No, they aren't all the same, but you can use any micro usb charger on any micro usb socket phone
Most packaged chargers will be 500ma, which will dictate the speed that some phones can be charged at. This is the bottom spec. I have a blackberry charger which provides 2a (which is 2000ma i.e. 4 x the usual) and guess what? It charges my Nexus and BB quicker. Doesn't work that way with all phones but the whole point f everything having a micro usb adapter is that it's interchangeable. BBs, Androids, WP, and even most dumb phones are the same charger type. If you had something which could provide a high amperage output then use a 500ma lump to charge your phone, it will take longer. Much like plugging your phone into a USB port on a PC/Laptop/Mac, the amperage can be much lower, to the point where if your actually using the phone it may not actually charge it at all.
In essence they are interchangeable but you may notice a difference in charge speed. I have the 2a charger at work as it can top up quicker, but have a 500ma at home where its likely o be plugged in overnight for a full charge

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