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Official Charger Broken - Bring Dead Nook Back to Life?

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By pjdj, Junior Member on 6th May 2011, 03:57 PM
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Hey guys, I got an email on my nook the other day, and when I picked it up, I didn't realize I still had it plugged into the charger, so I accidentally yanked it and broke the B&N micro SD cable.

I'm running phiremod, so normally this isn't a problem since I can slow-charge from my PC or car adapter.

The only problem is, charging like this only works once you've loaded the CM kernel. If you try to charge from a dead battery, you can't do that!

Right now, my nook color is dead. I can plug it in and I get the "not enough power to turn on, please wait 15 minutes and try again" message.

My question is, is there any way to charge this sucker (from death) without shelling out another $25 for the charger (and all I need is the cable, but they are almost just as much).

I have it plugged into my PC currently, and it has been plugged in for about an hour, but it still won't power on. If I leave it plugged into the B&N charger with a regular microUSB cable (even all night) it won't charge a drop.

Any suggestions?

FWIW, my nook DID turn on after about an hour - an hour and a half of charging with 11% battery and continues to charge via the PC with a regular microUSB cable. It takes a while, but it will charge
6th May 2011, 11:55 PM |#2  
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Its good that it started working again. I know some things need to use an official charger to come from the dead. If you wanted to see if you could make it charge faster, (both from dead and regularly) you could try a different USB to wall adapter with higher wattage/amperage. Think iPad, XOOM, or Atrix (all high power-draw devices) charger...

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7th May 2011, 01:21 AM |#3  
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Higher amperage will help...but the magic is in those extra long connectors on the stock fast charge you will prolly need to get a new one.
7th May 2011, 02:34 AM |#4  
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Just a friendly PSA: lithium ion batteries should not be deep discharged.
7th May 2011, 04:18 AM |#5  
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I'm going to need a new cable pretty soon. The end that plugs into the Nook has been cracking and falling apart. I'm guessing I'd have to get it direct from B&N?
7th May 2011, 05:35 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by d00med

I'm going to need a new cable pretty soon. The end that plugs into the Nook has been cracking and falling apart. I'm guessing I'd have to get it direct from B&N?

You could try this one:
7th May 2011, 10:47 AM |#7  
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Just wanted to add: I've been able to bypass the low battery screen. Pop in a bootable Clockwork SD, then plug into the power source. If there's enough power you'll get into recovery. Swap back to your usual SD, and select the reboot option from inside recovery. It'll boot straight into the OS, bypassing the low battery warning.

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8th May 2011, 04:50 PM |#8  
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Call B&N tech support and tell them that you have a bad USB cable. I did, and they sent me a new charger+cable within a week, gratis. YMMV.
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8th May 2011, 05:26 PM |#9  
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i got one at best buy $14.95 OEM
8th May 2011, 09:28 PM |#10  
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The stock B&N charger is 2 amps (or 2000 milliamps) so any charger with less than that will take longer to charge. USB only supplies .5 amps so takes a lot longer to charge.

The ebay link above is a 1 amp charger.
9th May 2011, 03:25 PM |#11  
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I had the same thing happen to my Nook, and I've been fairly regular at the local brick and mortar B&N the last month or two (1 hour book read and various purchases and stuff).

So I took the cable in and showed it to them. They took that one and handed me a new cable. 'tis my suspicion that it's a fairly common occurrence with the sample units.

Worst you can do is ask.
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