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Hi All,

I have a Blackberry Torch, and I cannot seem to charge my phone in the car, neither with the USB port, or with the cigarette outlet via an adaptor (cigarette adaptor with a usb port on the other end instead of an attached power cord - the torch uses the new mini usb port, so I plug in my computer's cord)!!

When I plug in the phone with either of the above connections, the phone does indeed recognize that it is hooked up to the car (the screen changes), but it gives a message saying these ports are not powerful enough to charge the device, or something along those lines. When viewing the top left corner where the battery indicator is, it does NOT show the little 'lightning bolt' that indicates the device is charging.

Has anyone else had problems charging their phones? I tried a friend's Blackberry Bold, and it DID charge, with only the USB port - but NOT the cigarette outlet...

Perhaps it some sort of phone/car setting??
 

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Maybe there's a problem with your USB cord?
 

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thanks matt
i guess that's technically possible, but MY usb cord DID charge a friend's Blackberry Bold via the USB port in my car, but did not charge it via the cigarette outlet...weird.
 

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Hard to say from here, but here is some things to test:

1. Check the fuse for your cigarette lighter output. Both in the car and in the charger (they do normally have one attached in the front)
2. Test the charger in another car and test to charge with the cord in your computer
3. Check so that you dont have any dirt in the contact (in eather the cord or the phone-side)
4. Check what type of cord you have, most phones will restrict the power to 0.5A if pin 2 and 3 isn't short circuit, I dont know how blackberry handles this? There is also a lot of different modes for different resistance between these pins. (on android you can see what state the phone is in, might be something like that on the blackberry too? On android it says that its charging with either "Charging: USB" = 0,5A or "Charging: DC" = 1A)
5. Test another cabel


By the way: is your car on when you are trying this? :)
 

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Hi All,

I have a Blackberry Torch, and I cannot seem to charge my phone in the car, neither with the USB port, or with the cigarette outlet via an adaptor (cigarette adaptor with a usb port on the other end instead of an attached power cord - the torch uses the new mini usb port, so I plug in my computer's cord)!!

When I plug in the phone with either of the above connections, the phone does indeed recognize that it is hooked up to the car (the screen changes), but it gives a message saying these ports are not powerful enough to charge the device, or something along those lines. When viewing the top left corner where the battery indicator is, it does NOT show the little 'lightning bolt' that indicates the device is charging.

Has anyone else had problems charging their phones? I tried a friend's Blackberry Bold, and it DID charge, with only the USB port - but NOT the cigarette outlet...

Perhaps it some sort of phone/car setting??

This is a blackberry problem , they normally need "milli amps" driver and I have this when people try to use a laptop to charge the blackberry it forces you to use a special driver (s/w)

Not sure how this translates to a car ...I don't know if this helps
 

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Theoretically, the CT should be able to charge the Blackberry. It may be the cord is limited in mV charging or is rated for data only.

Maxa makes a great point. Check the fuses. It sounds like the fuse has blown in the cigarette adaptor. Just unscrew the tip of the charger and the fuse should pop out.
 

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The USB adaptors you can get to go in the cigaret lighter socket can vary in the amount of power they output.

The Blackberry Bold does not require quite as much power to charge as the blackberry torch does !
I have a bold and it works fine in my adaptor but my college has a torch and his would not charge in the same adaptor as mine, He had to go and by a better quality one instead of an eBay one from china !

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Hi All,

I have a Blackberry Torch, and I cannot seem to charge my phone in the car, neither with the USB port, or with the cigarette outlet via an adaptor (cigarette adaptor with a usb port on the other end instead of an attached power cord - the torch uses the new mini usb port, so I plug in my computer's cord)!!

When I plug in the phone with either of the above connections, the phone does indeed recognize that it is hooked up to the car (the screen changes), but it gives a message saying these ports are not powerful enough to charge the device, or something along those lines. When viewing the top left corner where the battery indicator is, it does NOT show the little 'lightning bolt' that indicates the device is charging.

Has anyone else had problems charging their phones? I tried a friend's Blackberry Bold, and it DID charge, with only the USB port - but NOT the cigarette outlet...

Perhaps it some sort of phone/car setting??
Had a similar problem with the Blackberry when charging using a laptop. If you just plugged the telephone into the USB it would trickle charge, meaning it would basically hold a charge to a level but would not fully charge the telephone. The only way of getting the laptop to fully charge the telephone was to install the Blackberry admin software and drivers, then it would charge fully. I am wondering if this is the same for the CT200H and possibly any other cars that have a USB out. I would suggest using a puka Blackberry cigarette adapter style charger and see how you get on.

Hope this helps?
 

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The USB adaptors you can get to go in the cigaret lighter socket can vary in the amount of power they output.

The Blackberry Bold does not require quite as much power to charge as the blackberry torch does !
I have a bold and it works fine in my adaptor but my college has a torch and his would not charge in the same adaptor as mine, He had to go and by a better quality one instead of an eBay one from china !

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Interesting!
I went to the store yesterday, and realized there were two types of cigarette adaptors - one with a 1.x amp (?) output, and one with a 2.x output - where the 1.x was geared towards an iPhone, and the 2.x was for the iPad.

If someone actually has a Blackberry car charger for the Torch, can you please check to see if any specs are listed on it?

If I use a 2.x adaptor for...an iPhone, for example, will that "fry" the device due to the higher power output?

And, I do not think it's the cig's fuse...it charges my GPS fine! But good point!
 

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Interesting!
I went to the store yesterday, and realized there were two types of cigarette adaptors - one with a 1.x amp (?) output, and one with a 2.x output - where the 1.x was geared towards an iPhone, and the 2.x was for the iPad.

If someone actually has a Blackberry car charger for the Torch, can you please check to see if any specs are listed on it?

If I use a 2.x adaptor for...an iPhone, for example, will that "fry" the device due to the higher power output?

And, I do not think it's the cig's fuse...it charges my GPS fine! But good point!
Adapters can limit output current available - simply because they can't supply the power required (power = voltage x current).

Adapters cannot provide more power than the device is seeking.

If the adapter provides the correct output voltage the current required to charge the device cannot exceed the phones requirements, which is based on the state of charge of the phones battery. So you cannot damage your device.

Also since the output voltage is relatively constant, the current that the device draws usually falls as the battery charge increases.
 

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You might find that the power output of that USB port might be too low to charge it.

Same thing happens with iPhones/iPads
You can charge an iPhone on most laptops via a USB.
An iPad will not charge and will show a message of not charging simply due to the fact that the USB port isn't rated high enough in amps.
I think iPhones are 0.5A and iPads are 1.0A.

You need to work out the power output of that USB port on the CT
Then work out the power requirements of your blackberry and Bob's hour uncle. That's your answer.
 

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Fuse issues

Hi all! I just purchased my Lexus CT 200h starfire pearl last week! So excited and love it so far! Quite and upgrade from a Prius ;) my usb worked all week charging my iphone 5, and now it just stopped! What fuse do I check? Anyone know what it says on the fuse box under the hood?

Joni
 

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Yes! It's the cig lighter fuse:) I actually took a vacuum to it, something small and black fell down in the USB thingy, so problem solved for me! Yay
 
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