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Topic # 229243 14-Feb-2018 11:17
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Perhaps @sbiddle will know why... I have a six port Anker wall charger... I've used it with our smartphones and always charged quickly - using their original cables. 

 

Decided to buy a couple of Anker braided cables and now those same smartphone will charge very slowly - sometimes so slowly that it actually depletes the battery instead.

 

Any ideas?





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  Reply # 1956939 14-Feb-2018 11:56
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USB-C or micro USB phones?

 

I don't have any Anker braided cables and have never used them.

 

What model charger do you have? One of the newer ones with QC or an old one without it?


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1959890 18-Feb-2018 13:52
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I've contacted Anker support, they think these cables should charge ("Powerline" models). Anyway they offered to collect the cables, refund me and check with the phone models why is not working (two Huawei, one Nokia). Let's see what happens next.

 

Back using the original rubber cables, which charge the phones in record time.





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  Reply # 1959940 18-Feb-2018 15:15
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I've contacted Anker support, they think these cables should charge ("Powerline" models). Anyway they offered to collect the cables, refund me and check with the phone models why is not working (two Huawei, one Nokia). Let's see what happens next.

 

Back using the original rubber cables, which charge the phones in record time.

 

Do you have any way of checking how the cables are wired? Specifically, can you check whether there's an oddball pullup resistor value being used that would cause either end to limit the current to 0.5A? Do you have a USB power meter that shows the charge voltage and current?

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  Reply # 1959942 18-Feb-2018 15:16
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I have a couple of other chargers here which would be interesting to test.




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  Reply # 1959947 18-Feb-2018 15:27
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@neb no, I don't have how to test

 

@sbiddle I tested with two Anker wall chargers (IQ and PD enabled versions), plus original Huawei and Nokia wall chargers. All three cables basically don't work - the phones show "charging" but it's so slow they end up with 5% after one night. If they charge fast enough (occasionally they do) the phones would show 60% charge after a night - using the original cables the phones would all charge to 100% in a matter of 60 minutes or so.





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  Reply # 1959949 18-Feb-2018 15:34
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freitasm:

@neb no, I don't have how to test

 

 

If you're ditching the cables then post one to me and I'll test it for you if you like, I assume it can be crammed into a 1 or 2-stamp envelope.

 

 

Just as an FYI, I've been using Anker cables and chargers for ages and they work fine, including putting out QC 2 9V power (which makes my USB power meter panic, it may also go to 12V but the meter won't show that). If it's an older Anker they may only have one QC port, the top one, are you using that?



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  Reply # 1959969 18-Feb-2018 16:20
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I have some of these, you're welcome to borrow one to see what happens with it. Just give me a bit of warning if you do so I can get them down from a top cupboard.





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  Reply # 1959986 18-Feb-2018 17:01
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Found it, i'll txt you, either is fine.





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  Reply # 1960667 19-Feb-2018 23:40
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Collected the Aukey cable and sure enough, the phone charged really fast, as expected, from any port on the charger. Will be returning the Anker cables and ordering Aukey replacements.





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  Reply # 1960726 20-Feb-2018 08:10
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If you order from Amazon let me know, I might get a couple more. Might not too.





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