Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to: "jumpstart" your Droid when no Wall charger is available

When Motorola Droid's battery dries out w/out being charged for whatever reason, it does NOT power back on via micro USB to a computer's USB slot. It has to be a WALL CHARGER. 
So, imagine my scenario where I could not get a WALL charger to charge my Droid when I really needed it.
A google-mins later, came across this familiar instruction: cut up regular USB wires (not the micro USB!) to charge the battery with the - (black) and + (red) positive wires of the USB. You can just connect straight to the battery by - and +  and wait a few mins or more riskier method by putting the battery in phone with the - and + connected, then powering it on. When you see the bootloader displayed press power again and immediately switch to the micro USB once there's enough "juice." Again, press the power button and you should be rebooted back in :) 

Instructions Here

**use at your own risk
Motorola DROID and DROID II 1300mah Standard Battery

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Works just like you said. My triumph was completely dead until I did this. I was kind of scared of plugging in a cut USB cord. Put the red wire on the positive and black on the negative of the battery for only 20 seconds because I was scared haha. Unplugged the USB connected to the battery then pulled wires off the battery and plugged the mini USB back into the phone after putting it all back together. Did all this in a fast because I didn't let it charge long. As soon as I plugged it in the red LED popped on, showing I had a charging battery. Took about 5 minutes all together. Easy fix.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much! i thought i bricked my Motorola Triumph but this fix worked cause i guess my phone completely died!

Anonymous said...

This works, left it just charging for 1/2 hour and it came back from the dead, Thanks alot.

Anonymous said...

Thankss i was about to throw my motorola triumph away! ha since i didnt get any insurance i couldnt get it replaced but thanks to you i just made it work again. thanks alot

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I was on my third replacement Motoroal Triumph and none of them would charge a battery. I followed your instructions to give the battery an initial charge. I just left the wires touching the battery terminals for a minute or two, and then put it in the phone. Suddenly the phone could charge it. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I was for sure that my phone was a goner and then I found this article. Now my phone is finally charging. Thank you.

iPad Mini Button Stickers said...

It''s quite impressive.

zambani said...

You be Da Man! I almost threw my Triumph away.

Anonymous said...

can anyone make a video and post the url here

Anonymous said...

hey jaxister..i did it and the red light is on..not flashing either...what does it mean??

mudnmyveins said...

Hey I gots a queastion. I did what the article said to and it did make it come on and let me charge the battery but when I undo tho spliced usb wire it shuts off again and won't turn back on even with the battery fully charged up. What does this mean??

Jaxister said...

Whoa. I have not been getting notifications of your comments. Sorry.

As for Mudnmyveins- did you try a different battery? Maybe defective one. Ebay it.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much i have been trying to figure out how to get it to work for so long you are awsome....

Anonymous said...

can i just say how i had my motorola triumph probably about 3 years ago and one day it just stopped working/charging so it sat in my drawer for years ... my interested in going back to vmobile caused me to stumble across this to get it working so i figured "why not" and gave it a shot 99% sure it wasnt going to work .. when i put the battery back in and plugged in the micro usb the red light came on! i honestly am astounded & i thank you SOOOOOO much for putting this up !! it really does work!