Welcome to the official BlackBerry Support Community Forums.

This is your resource to discuss support topics with your peers, and learn from each other.

inside custom component

BlackBerry® PlayBook™

Forums Advisor I
Posts: 527
Registered: ‎09-16-2012
My Device: BB PlayBook (32 GB Wi-Fi OS, Torch 9810 (OS, Z10 (OS

Cheap way to rapidly charge your PlayBook.

[ Edited ]

I want to share some findings with you in case this helps someone else in future. I tried to charge my PlayBook with the HP TouchPad USB plug (barrel type) and it works perfectly fine (Green lightning bolt icon appears - no errors). So if you want a cheap way to charge your PlayBook, buy one of these.

http://www.amazon.com/Charger-Adapte...rackberry00-20 ($8.99 with cable)

http://www.amazon.com/Charger-Adapte...rackberry00-20 ($4.99 without cable)

Here are the specs of both charger types:

BlackBerry Rapid Charger (the one with fold out prongs and ships with the device):
Input: 100-240V - 300mA 50-60Hz
Output: 5V - 1.8A


HP TouchPad Barrel Charger:
Input:100-240V - 0.4A 50-60Hz
Output: 5.3V - 2A

The benefit of using the TouchPad charger is that the cable comes off so you can use a normal charging micro USB cable bought from Monoprice.com for $1.73 and you can get a lot longer cord (in this case 15 feet). http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


You could spend $38.99 on a genuine BB replacement or $6.72 (devices bought seperately - not including shipping charges though) for one that has a 15 foot cord, is multi-use and comes apart...

Posts: 96,067
Likes: 24,621
Solutions: 6,421
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: Passport • Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Cheap way to rapidly charge your PlayBook.

I'd recommend for anyone to get the magnetic rapid charger and leave the more fragile USB port to data transfer.




$25USD, and sometimes as low as $20 according to the seller.


1. If any post helps you please click the Like Button below the post(s) that helped you.
2. Please resolve your thread by marking the post "Solution?" which solved it for you!
3. Install free BlackBerry Protect today for backups of contacts and data.
4. Guide to Unlocking your BlackBerry & Unlock Codes
Join our BBM Channels (Beta)
BlackBerry Support Forums Channel
PIN: C0001B7B4   Display/Scan Bar Code
Knowledge Base Updates
PIN: C0005A9AA   Display/Scan Bar Code
Forums Advisor I
Posts: 527
Registered: ‎09-16-2012
My Device: BB PlayBook (32 GB Wi-Fi OS, Torch 9810 (OS, Z10 (OS

Re: Cheap way to rapidly charge your PlayBook.

[ Edited ]

I want to get a magnetic charger myself for this reason, but they are $79.99 here in Canada at the moment.


Futureshop: http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/blackberry-blackberry-rapid-travel-charger-for-playbook-acc39...


TheSource: http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=BBPlaybook-Access...


Same with BestBuy...


And on Amazon.ca they are $47.33 or higher: http://www.amazon.ca/Travel-Charger-Version-Blackberry-Playbook/dp/B004OZSG9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid...


Or on Crackberry they're $44.95: http://ca.crackberry.com/blackberry-rapid-wall-charger/5A17A8107.htm


Or in a nutshell, I could buy 11.9 (I'll round up to 12 for simplicity) of my $6.72 Frankenchargers for the price of one magnetic charger at full retail!

Guru III
Posts: 32,244
Registered: ‎06-25-2008
My Device:

I'm rockin the BlackBerry DTEK60, Passport, Z30, Z10, Q10, BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker, 64 gig PlayBook,BT Headset HS-700

My Carrier: I am on AT&T. Please edit your Personal Profile with your DEVICE TYPE, DEVICE OS and Carrier

Re: Cheap way to rapidly charge your PlayBook.

i went through a few of the usb chargers, kids kept ripping them out making the charger open up and not charge the PlayBook.


I now have 2 magnetic chargers and my issue is gone and they can rip them off with out harm


Click here to Backup the data on your BlackBerry Device! It's important, and FREE!

Click "Accept as Solution" if your problem is solved. To give thanks, click thumbs up
Click to search the Knowledge Base at BTSC and click to Read The Fabulous Manuals

BESAdmin's, please make a signature with your BES environment info.

SIM Free BlackBerry Unlocking FAQ
Follow me on Twitter @knottyrope

Want to thank me? Buy my KnottyRope App here

BES 12 and BES 5.0.4 with Exchange 2010 and SQL 2012 Hyper V

Forums Advisor I
Posts: 527
Registered: ‎09-16-2012
My Device: BB PlayBook (32 GB Wi-Fi OS, Torch 9810 (OS, Z10 (OS

Re: Cheap way to rapidly charge your PlayBook.

[ Edited ]

One day, things will be cheap enough for me to "intelligently" buy a magnetic charger and it's on my Christmas list for sure...but right now, the prices are insane.


Another benefit of the Frankencharger is that the HP Barrel charger actually screws apart and you can buy European plug sockets which interchange with it that will let you charge your PlayBook overseas! Oh, by the way, the prongs fold up too like the genuine BB charger.


For those of us without kids or animals - this seems like a smart buy in my opinion.