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unsafe USB plug charger?

Sometimes when I plug various things into it to charge, it would either charge normally or heat up like crazy to the pt of being very hot to the touch and the device is not charged. What is causing this...?
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It's junk. Throw it out, and buy a good quality name brand one.

Not only could this one damage your equipment, it could kill you via a fire or electrocution.
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It could be causing a short due to quality issues. You should get rid of it before it catches fire.
Test your cable with another adapter as well, since those can also heat up if the wires are damaged inside.
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Is it a Dollarama or some no name Amazon/AliBaba brand?
If it's causing those issues then it's definitely junk, throw it out before one of the issues mentioned (fire, damage, electrocution) happens.
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Tx guys. It's a Logiix (probably no-name) and I got it free in one of those special offers when I got my phone+plan at The Source many years ago. It doesn't overheat when I charge my wireless keyboard but it potentially gets hot when I'm trying to charge my battery packs.
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tranquility922 wrote: Tx guys. It's a Logiix (probably no-name) and I got it free in one of those special offers when I got my phone+plan at The Source many years ago. It doesn't overheat when I charge my wireless keyboard but it potentially gets hot when I'm trying to charge my battery packs.
Ah. Could be the draw of the battery packs that is making it overheat I guess. If you don't have a decent alternative charger, I would avoid using it on devices that draw a lot of power, it's obviously an old charger meant for smaller devices. Of you have an abundance of chargers, dump it to be safe.
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BernardRyder wrote: Ah. Could be the draw of the battery packs that is making it overheat I guess. If you don't have a decent alternative charger, I would avoid using it on devices that draw a lot of power, it's obviously an old charger meant for smaller devices. Of you have an abundance of chargers, dump it to be safe.
Tx, that makes sense. I just realized it myself since I'm nowhere near a techie...maybe it's the battery pack causing it?
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Buy a good 4-6 port charger and use those. There is a difference in "voltage quality", as these devices are essentially converting an AC voltage (sine wave) to DC voltage (flat steady voltage). The cheaper ones donot have good enough filtering and so provide a noisy/dirty voltage to the device. Which can impact the device life & charging
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USB chargers should never get hot enough where they are uncomfortable to the touch, something is definitely going wrong there and it should not be used.
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