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CrackBerry Tip: Use the BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger to charge your BlackBerry Smartphone TWICE as FAST!

BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger on Phones...
By Kevin Michaluk on 21 Jul 2011 12:25 pm EDT

Contest: Leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger!

One of the great things Research In Motion doesn't get enough credit for is their adherance to standards, and specifically as it relates to this post, I'm talking their sticking to MicroUSB for syncing and charging of both BlackBerry Smartphones and Tablets. Companies like Apple use their own proprietary connector, which screws you for anything beyond Apple products, and in Android land while most phones use MicroUSB, when it comes to tablets from the same company you're most likely to see proprietary connectors for charging. In other words, in the Android universe you can't use your tablet's charger on your phone.

One of the things I've mentioned in passing in a few previous posts but never dedicated a full post to it, is the fact your can use the BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger (the one that comes with the PlayBook) to charge not only your PlayBook, but also your BlackBerry Smartphone (assuming it's a MicroUSB era device). And not only does the PlayBook's travel charger charge your BlackBerry Smartphone, it charges it pretty much TWICE as fast thanks to the higher amperage. Around home I have plenty of chargers kick around so sometimes forget about this awesomeness, but last week when I was out on the road I was reminded once again. During the night I'd leave my PlayBook plugged in to let it charge up, and then in the morning while I would shower, shave and the other S, I'd plug in my phone which in just a short time was recharged with enough juice to power through the day. Beyond BlackBerry phones, I've found the PlayBook's travel charger to work awesome on other non-BB microUSB devices I have kicking around too.

I have yet to see any sort of issue ever arise from using the PlayBook's travel charger on non-PlayBook MicroUSB devices, so until I'm told or hear otherwise, my CrackBerry Tip of the Day is that if you're looking for a rapid charger for your BlackBerry Smartphone, don't just think regular BlackBerry phone charger... think BlackBerry PlayBook Travel charger. 

Comments & Contest: If you have any feedback supplmenting my own observations, be sure to toss them in the comments, or if you just want to win a PlayBook Travel charger, leave a comment too and we'll give you a chance to win one. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PT.

PlayBook Travel Charger  Other Chargers



Mine broke so, I need a new one!


This would be great, thanks


How awesome is this contest. Count me in!


Count me in!!! Whew hew!


This is My Contest entry......Hope I Win! :)


is it safe? let me try. hope it would not reduce my baterry life twice faster as well


I think this is my time to shine!! (Informative article by the way.)


I'd like one PLEASE!!! So glad I've entered the Blackberry World!!!


Connected the micro usb charger to the mini usb then plug it in the Bold9000
Win, it works super fast


If I won this I will make sure I travel more to use it.


Sounds good. Thanks for the opportunity! :)


I could really make good use of one of these chargers.


Would be even better if it had a car apapter but this would be great


Charge my playbook and my blackberry, awesomeness!!!!!


I'll be able to take shorter 'S's since I'll be able to cut charging time in half! Awesome sauce!


I was already seriously thinking about getting one and now a chance to win?!?!? Oh thank you!


I use my phone all day listening to Slacker radio. By lunch time the battery is pretty weak. during my lunch hour I use my PlayBook charger, when I done with lunch the phone is fully charged and ready to finish off the day. With the standard charger, the phone would not charge enough to finish the day.


yes please i would so love to have one since im always on the move and need a fast charger since im in the emergency services field


gimme please. i need this charger


Are you sure it won't affect my torch even if the torch charger and playbook charger have different ratings?


How it actually works is, in a normal usb device thats plugged into your computer, usb provides a minimal output of 5V and an average 700mAh (mAh is the amperage provided to your device that recharges the battery). When you apply that to a charger (specifically a BlackBerry charger) the charger can mimic the minimal 5V for the charger to completely charge your devices but have an average of 800mAh-1000mAh. More specifically, the Playbook Travel Charger provides the same 5V out that most devices use but also provide a whopping 1800mAh!!

In turn, the reason that the playbook charger can charge so many different deivces and quickly because it matches the 5V max requirement but doubles how much is charged through the 1800mAh rating.

Just an FYI for those who don't know =P


Thanks for your information. But does higher mAh reduce the battery life?


"Unnegotiated" power transfers with battery cells may shorten battery life and even cause explosions and or defects to occur with the cells themselves and are the case with some "dumb chargers" used with common household rechargeable batteries (NiCd/NiMH).

Modern phones that charge using USB/USB ports however are "negotiated" and controlled - almost completely eliminating the risks of overcharging/overcurrent situations. In theory, since these power transactions are controlled by the devices being charged then there is no risk of reducing the battery life of the batteries being charged.


I'm pretty sure the USB 2.0 standard is only 500mAh (5 power loads at 100mAh each) but if you factor in USB 3.0 which has a standardized 900mAh (6 power loads at an increased 150mAh each) and do an average then yes, 700mAh is correct. But to be nitpicky 500mAh is standard for USB 2.0. lol.

It is also interesting to know that USB devices control how much power/amperage they can accept from a power source and in turn protect from overcharging/overcurrent. I am not sure what the ceiling is for current BlackBerry smartphones but I have a hunch that aside from the PlayBook the whole 1800mAh is not actually passed onto the device. Though without proper tests done I may be completely wrong! :)

And yes, I do want to win this charger. My car charger can do 1000mAh/1Ah and is much faster than the standard wall charger that came with my Bold 9650. It would be a lot more convenient if I also had that kind of speed with charging my Bold/s when not in the car!


awesome info. thanks and count me in please!


"and that other S..."

Oh Kevin, keeping it real since... When were you born?... Either way, thanks for the chance to win one of these! If all goes well, I'll have my own travel charger by the end of the day... along with a PLABOOK!!!! AWWW NERDGASM! I can't wait!!


I would like one. Thanks for the contest.


My cat chewed my PB charger's cord into many pieces, so I've actually been having to go the other way around, slow charging the PB :( Could use a new one, to be kept hidden from the cat!


Faster charging - who doesn't want that. Count me in to win.


Good idea! I want in.


I use my blackberry and my blackberry playbook all day everyday. Would REALLY LOVE to have a charger that would charge my blackberry twice as fast. Please consider me for this! I LOVE and view this page atleast once a day. Thank you crackberry I love you guys!


I would love to have one of those SUPER-DUPER chargers for my phone, I will have my own very soon, but gotta take care of wife and kids first and some other S..........ha, had to put that in.
Thanks in advance CB and BB!


it works to charge my ipod touch 4g in my mophie juicepack air twice as fast! that is two batteries at once, twice as fast!!!


I would love one.

Hey...I typed that twice as fast!

Canadian Torch

I found this out a few weeks ago. My phone shut down because of a low charge and the closest charger was my playbook charger. I plugged my phone in and 2hrs later I got the beep telling me it was charged. Now I use it on my phone more than my playbook.

Great tip, thanks.


This is an awesome charger to get.


Can I haz Playbook charger for me Storm2, Me storm die fast, no fun! Cant view, on me phone!


That would be awesome!


Aaaaaand this post is why I LOVE Crackberry. I have several blackberry boxes, from where I just opened the box, removed device, and put the box in the closet. Guess I'll have to dig out my playbook box and take out the charger!!! Who doesn't want faster charging for your phone!!?? Thanks Kevin!


yes you are right, i have been using playbook travel charger to charge with my bold 9780 and it works really great and faster then my regular bold charger. i dont see any side affect while using this travel charger. great !!!

viva crackberry


This would be great to win, always seem to be in a hurry now a days lol. thanks Crackberry


love it! Great bonus to buying the PB. Been taking it with me traveling and friends are super jealous of fast charging times (also helps I keep a second battery handy). Sadly, my girlfriend noticed this too and well, she stole mine so please hook a poster up!


Great tip Kevin. I just picked up my Playbook last night (courtesy of Staples) and this is just another great way to limit the travel accesories while on the road. Thanks Crackberry for the contest and good luck everyone.


Twice as fast, good thing so lets try to win one

Emu the Foo

Since my friends little bro has a droid he's always recharging even tho they always rag on us. Then my friend, his little brother, his friend and I where all hanging out playing some games and the lil bro and his friend needed to charge their droids. Long story short is they got both of their phones charged in about an hour and a half. That being said it'll prolly last about an hour on heir phones


Do not use the PlayBook charger to charge your device!!!

I did this with my 9800 and it has effectively HALVED it's battery life! It takes MANY cycles with a normal 500 mA to return the battery to anywhere near it's original battery life.

Does the PlayBook charger charge your device quicker? Yes! Is it worth it? No!


How awesome would it be to have this!!


hit me up with a charger


Feature Request: Please add a LED light ring around the MicroUSB port, to help facilitate easy insertion of the MicroUSB plug in dim lighting (or in complete darkness, depending only on LCD light from BlackBerry screen).
~Similar to Steering Column/Key Ignition Light Up ring.

The thing about MicroUSB is, it's almost impossible to know which way is "up" and which way is "down" in very dim light, say in darkened hotel room because your wife is already asleep and you don't want to turn on the light.

This is a MUCH needed feature!


Charge my Torch twice as fast!!! Sign me up - Thanks....


Here is my contest entry. This charger rocks!


Hook a brutha up! I would love to have a rapid charge, and then back on my way. Busy times calls for less charging times.


Heck yeah!!! Cant ever have too many chargers....especially 1 that charges twice as fast


Heck yeah!!! Cant ever have too many chargers....especially 1 that charges twice as fast


While it is useful for an emergency quick charge or for convenience while travelling, I would avoid using it exclusively. Rapid charging of lithium polymer batteries reduces service life, and in a device that might drain a good battery down to 30% after a day of heavy use, I find it important to keep that battery in good shape for as long as possible. In fact, I almost exclusively use my computer's USB port for charging as it is the slowest.

One way to rapid charge and still be somewhat easy on the battery is to only rapid charge up to around 80%. Finish off with a slow charge or just use your device from that charge level - memory effects are not an issue with lithium polymer.


I am into speed.. I could also use another charger for my 9700. Thank you.


i need this for europe!


Would like to get one of these


This would be great! I never have a charger when i need one.


Need a extra charger battery die really fast :(


Judee -- Pick Me!!!


oooooo i want a charger...yess please :D


A spare Travel Charger would be great!


I could use that type of charger. Please , Tks :)


I'm a little worried if this would harm the battery life of my Torch but aw hell, charging twice as fast is so worth it!


I could always use another charger


Win a PlayBook Travel Charger would be nice!


Thanks for another chance to win CB!


I would love another charger!


Many BB gadgets to charge. Sign me up.


thought it was called premium charger :p


I use my PlayBook charger on my Torch all the time. It charges very quickly, especially when I'm leaving the house at a certain time and need a full charge.


You don't have to ask me twice.


I could really use one of these for the office. You can never have too many chargers! I have left two behind in hotels and low and behold--they are nowhere to be found when I try to retrieve them.


Sign me up... it will work nice charging up my Bold 9900 from AT&T.. if the damn phone ever gets released.


Nice wallpaper Kevin! How does your better half feel about that? :)-


I noticed this as well. but i also noticed my phone would be hot. not sure i like that. i don't do it anymore.


Love to have a chance at the extra charger, thanks!


I'd like one please!


My BlackBerry is my lifeline - faster charging is ALWAYS a major plus!


Count me in!

Thanks again to CrackBerry for the great contests!


Twice as fast would be nice! Count me in


Have used my PB charger on more then one occasion when my Bold was getting low and I still had work to do. Works like a charm.


Great to know! would love to be faster than my husbands charging, how cool would that be... race on! LOL


Never hurt to win this


That would be amazing!!


Count me in... I would like one!. Thank you


would be great at the office


I would love to win an extra PlayBook charger... Send me one...


Could really use this


Just curious, how many people actually know what this does to your phone?

By charging it super fast using the wrong charger you are adding wear to your phone and burning out your battery. To answer 5h4d0w and kinghai, the increased ampherage is not rated for your smartphone, so you're stuffing more power than necessary into your battery. The result is the battery will physically bloat and your battery will not hold a charge for as long. As someone who has sold phones for 4 years I have seen this issue CONSTANTLY between Motorola and BlackBerry chargers (when they were both mini-USB chargers), people think that because the chargers fit they will work in either phone, but that is NOT the case. Remember all those news stories on people's phones overheating and blowing up? This is why.

Sidenote - using an iPad charger on an iPhone has the same result, super hot phone, lower battery life over time.


My stupid travel charger doesn't charge my 9700 anymore but it does charge my PB. Strange

the brother

i just need to charge my Torch 9800 FAST!!!!!!!! please enter me in the contest? thanks


wow, that is some useful information, could come in handy


That is kind of funny. I have been using my playbook travel charger all along to charge my BB Curve, my Kindle 3, even my blue tooth headphones.....never gave it a thought...but wondered why suddenly my Curve seemed to charge really quickly.


This is a super plus for me. Sometimes I just run the darn thing down and need a speed charge.


I asked at BBWorld whether the charging pod would pass through the higher amps and was told by a BB rep that it would as it is a "dumb" pod which just passes on whatever the power supply provides. So you can use this charger with the charging pod and receive the benefits.


Thanks for the heads up. Great feature! Thanks RIM!


Faster is always better!


Hoping and praying...


Me too, sure hope I can get this nice prize

Alberta Blue

Yep, works great. I'm in.


I think it is about time I won something- and this would be sweet!


CB...i would really love to win that current one is broken and i'm tired of using bootleg me out please...and i've never won anything off here...except cool people in the forums and BB info from the best


I want one of those for my BB so i can charge it at the same time I charge my PB


This charger looks tight. Nice design (:


Charge me up Scotty!, er.. CB!


Hook me up with a BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger, please.


really need one for my Torch!


Great tip, I didn't think about using a faster charger for my smartphone!


I hope the winner of the charger gets replacement batteries for life along with the charger! As an electrical engineer I can tell you this is a sure fire way to demolish your battery. Your charger is designed to safely charge your battery to ensure a long life. Sure you can charge it faster but soon enough you battery will barely hold a charge. Enjoy the fast charging!


...but ya, I'd like to have a PlayBook Travel Charger so I can charge my S2 travelingly!!! ...o ya & 2wice as fastly, yes!


This would be great. Thanks Crackberry!


I would love to win a PB charger!


...uh ya, I'd like to charge my Storm2 twice as faster than slowly!


Oooh! I remember when you first posted about that!

Please pick me!!


...but if I can get a PlayBook Travel Charger, I'll charge my phone twice as fast until I'm able to get a PlayBook to match the charger...and then I'll still keep using the charger for StormToo!!!


I want a playbook charger for my bb! good tip!!


It would be so nice to win! Please Please pick me now!


i wold love one of these! your the best crackberry!


this is a fantastic opportunity


I could use another charger for my (well, now my wife's) Playbook


Travel charger would be awesome :)


Alright. Here I am. I have 2 say, my fellow BlackBerrians, the few folks who have posted their concerns about charging BBs with the PB travel charger are correct. This can, in fact, shorten the life of your BB. Like some1 earlier said, it's like stuffing 2wice as much power in2 a cell, & doing this 2wice as fast. Your phone battery is not designed 2 handle this.

I had gotten this knowledge directly from a tech support rep at RIM for the PB. He specifically told me NOT 2 use the PB travel charger on my BB cause WILL indeed cause the phone 2 overheat & eventually rendering the battery useless. No longer being able 2 take or retain a charge.

I have personally experienced this with my Storm II. While on the PB charger it would activate the camera on its own (probably 2 discharge some of the excess power). I've had my BB get extremely warm & then eventually stop taking a charge using either charger until I let it cool down.

On the other hand, it surely is convenient be able 2 quickly charge your phone when u're pressed 4 time & need the boost. Plus, who couldn't use an extra PB charger at the office so u don't have 2 lug 1 back & 4th.


Definately want one of these


Twice as fast is twice as good! Sign me up!!


Count me in, travel chargers...everyone should have one!


Twice as fast is twice as good!! :-)


Thank you CB for a completely awesome contest. Please include me in the chances to win.


Nice to know.

I'll take it.


Since I'm one of the very few people rocking a BB Style... I vote win. lol


A second one would be handy - this was an awesome tip!!


Awesome tip, and this is one of the reasons I love CrackBerry. You'll recommend things like this that aren't "approved" or "tested". You're normal people who are trying to get the most out of their devices. Keep it up!!!!


Hook me up CB


I neeed onee : /
I hope I win it :)


The charger is good, free makes it better.


might as well just throw in a playbook with the charger!


I just got a 9700 so I could use a new charger!


Count me in.

I don't often need to charge on the go, but when I do, I need it FAST!


in for the win thanks


i need a new charger!! :)


I'm always in need of a quick way to charge, would love to win


Perfect timing. Would love to try it out.

Thanks CB for another awesome tip & contest.


The PB charger is a work horse and I was telling everyone to use this charger over the standard BlackBerry one.

Even 10 minutes charging makes a massive difference!




Charging a phone in half the time sounds amazing. Sign me up :)


I'd really like one for my Torch, I've got to charge it daily and a quick charge would be great at the office. Go Crackberry!


sweet really can use this charger cb.


Hopefully I can win this time *crosses fingers*. Good luck everyone!


I have been using my Playbook charger ever since i bought my playbook in April. While it is true it charges the phone faster, you need to be aware that it will reduce the life of the battery. My phone charges so fast now, but discharges in half a day with the same usage. I used to have to charge my phone once overnight. Now by 3 pm, my battery is already on low.
I also testet it on a brand new battery, same results. So if you are not actually forced to use the Playbook charger, I recommend you dont.
I know its been mentioned before, and I second that.


This sounds awesome! I could really use one!


need to win this to help in my travels.


left my charger behind at a hostel in frankfurt, while in town for the womens world cup. now im back in the US charging my phone on my computer, which is painfully slow. please hook a brother up


The Playbook charger is the only thing I miss about my old Playbook.


Hi Z, Ron, Kels, BS and Ed. Go vegan!!!!!


I have the Style 9670 and also the 32 GB PlayBook. I love them both and use them all the time. That said, I have to charge my Style 2-3 times per day. (and that after starting at a full charge using my charging pod, which I also love) The PlayBook has such wonderful battery life, and the 9670, not so much. I end up taking the PlayBook charger to work with me every day and it is AWESOME! I'm now forced to slow charge my PB on my phone charger as I have (once again) forgot my PB charger at work. Having an extra one of these charger would be great for me and allow the Crackberry addiction from within me to continue to run even more wild! Typed this on my PB also.... Here's to the Crackberry RIMpire! Cheers :)


A new travel charger for my Playbook would be great - especially if it can fast charge my phone too.


let me win please so I can try this out for myself.


I would love to win one.


This is a nice alternative to having an extended life battery. I've always used extended (bulky) life batteries. When I bought my Torch I was anxiously awaiting some one to come out with an extended batt. They haven't and won't. This way I can juice this beast up quickly and not worry about wasting time charging, or charging my spare batt when I forget to in the 1st place


This definitely charges my phone significantly faster! I'll take one off your hands!


I would love to win it!


Would be great for my playbook!


Hopefully this is good signs to come with faster charging speeds for future blackberries. Make this standard for all the phones!


that would be awesome for all of the travelling i do with work!!!


Help me charge my up and coming 9900 even faster


I told my girlfriend that of she uses my playbook charger it will ruin her Curve's battery in order to get her to stop using it. She has a history of her battery's going bust, so she believed me and leaves it alone. (I know this sounds a bit weird, but she always steals my chargers and i want to at least keep my good one.)

the higher amperage will charge your phone faster, but this could lead to a less full charge. anyone who has tried to electroplate something will understand that you won't get as high quality of a plate with a high amperage as with a low amperage.

That being said, increasing the amperage in this case shouldn't pose a drastic effect, and you should be safe in using this charger. but don't take my word on it.

Also, please give me the charger so i can stop lying to my girlfriend!


Yes Please. Thanks CrackBerry!


Interestingly enough, when I first received the PlayBook it was the charger that I seeked out while the PlayBook ran through the initial setup and download. Thinking that I was doing a super-charge I seriously thought I was killing my Torch battery until Inside BlackBerry posted saying it was ok. Loving the super charging!


I really really need this pls :)

Left my playbook charger, in Tuscon. So, replacement needed. Please.


I would love to win this charger :)


it takes forever to charge this seidio extended battery this would be perfect!
please pick me!


that is a cool tip when i get my 9930 i might do that instead of using the stock charger


cant pass up fast charger! count me in!


my dad just got a playbook, and his birthday is coming up so this would be a great present for him! send it my way please


Ive never won hardwares here in CB, might it be this one? hello from the Philippines


I'll take a real charger that plugs into the wall any day verses some USB adapter piece of ... Thanks for the contest, could really use this!


I'm amped up over this prize.


Crackberry is always giving us the knowledge on everything BB! Can't get enough of CB and can't have too many chargers! would love to win this.


I'd so love to win a BlackBerry PlayBook Travel Charger ☺


Would be wonderful thank you!


I would really love to have this!!


Mine died recently, so I would love to win a new one!


Another charger. Half the time. Count me in.

Arz Mayer

I'm dying for this hook me up




I'll take one of these! Thanks


i really want this awesome charger, i don't have charger, im charging now with the usb cable and the charge process is very slow :(


Asian Playbook gets a different travel charger, less sleek and much like a normal charger. would like to have this version.


Oo, guess I need to win this contest so I can try it out!


wow...i want it so much,choose me please,it will be awesome on my blackberry 9650