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The quickest way to charge the Samsung tablet is to use the charger that comes with the Samsung tablet. If you do that, you don’t have to read the rest of this post. For those of you who are curious enough to see just how many incorrect assumptions occur when using the incorrect charger, read on.

All mobile device chargers are not created equal. To the technologically astute, this statement is a no-brainer. One charger although it may look the same as another charger, may not be used interchangeably.

As usual, I found out the hard way that this is so. In earlier posts, I mentioned I finally joined the modern technological age in purchasing a tablet and a smartphone. Each device came with the appropriate charger.

As a novice to new technology, the charges look same to me. The micro USB connector on both appeared to be interchangeable (at least in my mind). Okay, I do admit the plugs are very different. The Samsung plug is larger and labeled while the cell phone plug is smaller and not labeled.  This difference makes it easy for me to tell which one is which.

Micro USB

The label is all well and good, but I keep one charger downstairs in my workshop and the other one upstairs in the office. When my phone needs charging I use whichever charger is closest to me. I do the same thing for the tablet.

Learning the Hard Way

While upstairs in the office my tablet battery ran low. I plugged it into the charger before going to bed expecting the tablet to be fully charged in the morning. Not so. When I woke up there was only about 5% improvement in battery charge. I was stunned and annoyed.

I immediately searched online looking for an answer to why the Samsung tablet did not charge. I knew the Nexus 7 had a battery charging problem and I also had charging problems with my Kodak Play Sport camera. Naturally, I assumed the same thing was happening with the tablet.

Making Matters WorsePlug

In a recent visit with my father, who still has a flip phone, I added another wrong assumption to the charging puzzle. My dad had misplaced his charger so before I left the house I snatched a charger (the one I kept downstairs – the Samsung) and brought it with me to charge his phone. Imagine my surprise after about 10 minutes of charging his phone displayed an alert: Battery Overheating (or something to that effect).

I removed his phone from the charger with the assumption that his phone was too old for the newer chargers. My next step was to order the charger for his specific phone. Can you see how not paying attention forms the building blocks of an incorrect conclusion?

On a subsequent visit, I decided to try charging my father’s phone one more time before ordering the charger. I grabbed the nearest charger and off I went. This time his phone charged beautifully. That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks! The second charge was performed using the charger for my cell phone whereas the first charge was attempted using the tablet charger.

Charging Problem Solved

It finally dawned on me that although the chargers look the same, they are very different. It all makes sense. The tablet is more powerful and needs a more powerful charger. The cell phone charger just wouldn’t cut it.

It’s amazing how much time I wasted looking for answers to why my tablet took so long to charge and why my father’s phone battery overheated. There was nothing wrong with the tablet, the phone battery or the charger, it’s the operator that had the problem.

The lesson I learned this time is: Slow down and look at what “is” instead of what you “think” it is.

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.