It’s dreadful to have a broken charger port! It’s something that can’t be fixed easily unless you get it serviced. Thankfully, charger ports can be easily replaced and don’t cost too much compared to a broken LCD.
But if you’re somewhere far without the necessary utilities, and you need to open your phone to get something important, then I can teach you how to charge your phone with AA batteries. You can use Double-A batteries to charge your battery if it has a broken charging port by connecting the batteries in series, which I’ll tell you about below.
Before anything else, carefully determine if the problem is actually the charging port. There can be plenty of reasons why your phone isn’t charging, but if you’re sure, continue reading this article.
Note: I found these tricks to be useful for me during an emergency. Take note that we advise you to get your phone serviced. However, at times of emergencies, these methods can help you charge your phone battery.
Emergency fixes for a broken charging port
1. DIY USB port fix
This might be the easiest, fastest, and most common solution for a broken charging port.
There are instances when the metallic surface of your charging port and the USB charger don’t make good contact. Most of the time, it’s either because of a manufacturer defect or damage from the continuous plugging and unplugging of the charger cable.
Before anything else, clean your charging port. Use a flashlight and toothpick/pin to carefully remove any dirt that’s stuck on the charging pin.
- Turn off your device.
- If possible, remove the battery.
- Get a small stick to rearrange any misplaced tabs inside the USB port of your phone.
- If the charging pin is misaligned, lever it up slowly and gently.
- Reinsert the battery.
- Plug in the charger.
2. Charge a battery with a battery
This only works for phones that have a removable battery. Otherwise, refer to method 1.
1. Remove the device’s battery. Get access to the connection points of the battery.
2. Get a 9-volt battery or a AAA/AA battery.
3. Look for the positive and negative connectors of the batteries. The positive side is in the red rectangle and the negative side is at the other end of the battery.
4. Be sure that the device’s battery and batteries have the same voltage. Usually, a normal phone battery is 3.7V DC and a single AA or AAA battery is 1.5V. So you’ll need 3 AA batteries.
5. Get 2 metal wires covered with plastic insulation.
6. Tape the batteries together.
7. Clamp or tape the insulated wires to the batteries that will provide the charge and to the battery.
8. Wait for a while, the battery should have some charge. You have to remember that it won’t charge your phone battery that much, but it’s enough for emergency use.
3. Rub the battery
Remove the phone battery.
Hold it between your palms. Generate enough heat and friction by rubbing the battery in between your palms. Put the battery back into the phone and try charging again.
If the methods above didn’t solve the problem, the problem isn’t a broken charging port. Have a look at your phone’s battery as it’s also one of the common causes why your phone doesn’t charge.
Now, if you have a broken charging port without the means of getting it fixed, and you’re in need of an emergency fix for your problem, then this is worth the effort. But be careful to not incur damage on your phone.
And if possible, get your phone serviced instead of potentially damaging it because you’ve been poking at the charging port for a few hours. These are only emergency fixes, and there’s also a reason why manufacturers started making single unit phones–you might damage your device.
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