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The right charging equipment for your Fairphone 2

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When you buy a Fairphone 2, a charger is not included. The primary reason behind this decision is to prevent creating additional electronic waste - we believe that most of you already have the right charger at home. If you want to use one of your existing chargers, it should be a minimum of 0.5 ampere (0.5A, 500mA). If you’d like to know more, see the following support article on this topic. 

But if you don’t already have the right charger at home, what is the best type to buy?

We recommend buying a charger with the following specifications:

5 volts (5V), 1 ampere (1A, 1000mA) or more, micro USB Type B connector.

The first time you charge your phone, please use a charger that delivers at least 1 ampere (1A, 1000mA). If you experience problems with charging, please try at least 3 different chargers and USB cables before contacting us. There is also information on this topic on our forum.

Here is an example of the right type of USB cable and charger:

Number 1 (see image) This is a power plug with a USB connector without a cable attached. For fastest charging the charger should deliver 5 volts (5V) and a minimum of 1 ampere (1A, 1000mA). Using a charger which delivering more current (greater than 1 ampere) will not damage your Fairphone 2, but it won’t increase your charging speed. You can find these values (volts and amperes) on the charger itself under “output”. These chargers are available at nearly every electronics store.

Number 2 (see image) This is a normal USB 2.0 cable with a USB Type A plug on one side and a USB Type Micro B connector on the other side. To be certain that you’re using the right one, make sure you see the USB symbol on the cable. Using a cable that detaches from the power plug with allow you to charge your phone using your laptop or computer, as well as transfer data to and from your Fairphone.

Number 3 (see image) This is a car power plug. It’s useful for charging your Fairphone 2 in a car or using your phone as a navigation system. We recommend the same specifications as for a wall charger: 5 volts (5V) and at least 1 ampere (1A, 1000mA).

Once again, we want to do our best to avoid excess waste. Before you buy anything, you may want to ask your family and friends if they already have a charger that they don’t need. They might look a bit different than the images above, but as long as they match to the technical specifications they should be good to go!

One additional note: It is possible to charge the Fairphone with only 0.5 ampere (0.5A, 500mA) - and 5 volts (5V). But, please be aware that 0.5 ampere (0.5A, 500mA) might be not strong enough when your battery is completely empty.

And finally, if you’ve tried several different chargers and cables and are still having issues charging, please feel free to contact our support team.



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