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Old 08-17-2022, 10:39 AM   #1
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Limit charging visible phone tethered to GL router

I have had 2 battery swell and push the back off the phone. Moto e6. Is there a way to limit charging. If I could figure out this charging issue every thing would be golden. Been using Visible for 3 yrs now. Thanks Jim
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There should be two protections against overcharging. One should be built into the battery. It should disconnect the battery when the battery is fully charged. All Li batteries need this protection.

The other should be the charging brick. The brick should limit charging to prevent overcharge and continue to power the device if battery disconnects. Different phone designs are configured differently. Some systems may require the phone electronics to protect the battery.

Are you using the original charging brick?

That said, a swelling battery is defective. The most frequent cause is internal to the battery. Chinese sellers have no problem selling defective batteries or batteries that do not have proper overcharge protection.

Warranty aside, the only solution is to get a different phone.
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Old 08-17-2022, 10:55 AM   #3
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A small fan on the phone will limit heat issues which likely caused the swelling.
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:00 AM   #4
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Try the lowest power dongle you have on hand. You may have one which puts out just enough wattage to keep it from running out more than once a day or two.
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:48 AM   #5
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This is my solution for the technically inclined.

https://wirelessjoint.com/viewtopic.php?p=14632#p14632

I haven't really used it much but I did a few weeks ago when we were away in the RV and I was testing different options. It was pretty much alternate days, one day I used my magic cable so the phone discharged, next day a standard cable so the phone recharged.

Although it's probably device dependent, it works with my Samsung tablet too.
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Old 08-17-2022, 04:40 PM   #6
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The phone is charging 24x7 from GL router. The batteries are Motorola. Looks like best resolution is keep buying batteries. Jim
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An easy to accomplish what you want is to use a smart plug. Program the smart plub for several 2-3 hr charging sessions per day (trial and error on what is needed). I have a smart plug charging a hotspot that I have not touched in weeks. I use TP-Link/Kasa mini-smart plug
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Old 08-18-2022, 04:59 AM   #8
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How do you use a smart plug without turning off router. The phone charges from router.
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Old 08-18-2022, 05:42 AM   #9
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The phone is charging 24x7 from GL router. The batteries are Motorola. Looks like best resolution is keep buying batteries. Jim


InterestingÖ I found with my setup it was barely charging the phone, as the phone battery would slowly run down to 0%.

I switched to connecting the phone to router by WiFi instead of USB and this seems to work better.
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How do you use a smart plug without turning off router. The phone charges from router.

You are correct. I suppose I as thinking you were using wifi even though you said phone was tethered to router.
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One thing you can try is to use the phone as a WiFi access point with the original plug, then connect the router via WiFi. I used my Visible phone like this and it had some advantages, such as not having to respond to a prompt on the phone when plugging it in.
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Old 08-20-2022, 05:54 PM   #12
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Until I upgraded to a pepwave router, I had mine on a cheap 110v timer ( Home Depot). I would have it on for 2 hours, then off for an hour. Between 10p and 6a I would increase the off time to 3 hours
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This is your answer, will automatically hold your phone at any charge level you like.

https://chargie.org/
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