The Mobile Nations World Tour continues, and this time instead of asking Android Central readers for accessory advice I'm offering up a tried-and-true BlackBerry tip that also works for Android phone owners. Specifically, if you own an Android phone with a microUSB connection and are in the market for a spare charger, you may want to give the BlackBerry Premium Charger a try.


RIM released this charger last year with the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and to keep the juices flowing with the bigger battery they cranked up the charging rate to 1.8 amps (most phone chargers that ship in the box tend to be in the 750 mAh to 1 amp range). We quickly put it to the test on our BlackBerry Smartphones and found we could charge them almost twice as fast!

On Android Central Podcast 98 we found out that both AC's Jerry Hildenbrand and Chris Parsons have been using this same charger with their microUSB Android devices for a long time now with great success. If you're going to spend the money on a spare charger, you might as well invest in one that charges at a higher amperage rate. Not every phone will allow for rapid charging, but for the ones that do you'll be glad you have a charger that takes advantage of it (and no, you won't damage your phone even if it doesn't make use of the higher amperage). In the last two days I've already receiveda hand full of tweets and emails from Android Central podcast listeners who went out and bought the BlackBerry Premium Charger after listening to the show and they are loving it. Good stuff.

Win a Free Charger Courtesy of CrackBerry Kevin: The BlackBerry Premium Charger has a MSRP of $39.99 but you can get it for a lot less at But just to share some Mobile Nations World Tour love, I'm going to give a lucky Android Central member a chance to win one for free, on me. To enter, just leave a comment to this post and you're in. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PT. Good luck.


Reader comments

Accessory Tip: BlackBerry Premium Charger rapid-charges Android phones, too



Ha! I'm using the wall charger I got with my Storm on my DroidX as I post this. The cord that came with the X is way too short.

I miss mine. I lent my boss my PlayBook and he left the charger, well, who knows where. He makes a habit of this sort of thing...

Great tip, Kevin. Hope you're enjoying the Android experience.

I'm curious, for media content, more specifically, music, what are you using? The stock app? A streaming solution? Etc. Etc.

Gotta love the higher amperage and you can never have to many plugs and cables laying around with as much we use our smart phones.

Crackberry Kevin, Thank You for the tip! Charging my phone, and sometimes waiting for a good amount of battery charge before I unplug it, is getting tiresome. This looks like it will be of great help! The stock charger that came with the Samsung Galaxy S2 is about as bothersome as a Dingleberry!

Great tip, Kevin! I am not sure why you slam your hands down at the end of your videos or why it's funny, but it is. LOL! Keep bringing the Crackberry tips to AC.

I would love to have one of these around for when my battery guzzling GNex needs a little extra juice fast!

The charger that came with the HP TouchPad also does a nice job of charging my GS2E4GT faster than the original, but I am curious to see if this would beat it! Send me one, Kevin!

TouchPad charger is rated for 2 amps. Does a great job quick charging. $10.59 new on amazon with a nice 5' cord.

I will be giving this a try, now that I know my TP charger won't hurt my One S. Thanks for the heads up.

I met mobilenations through Crackberry with my Curve and Tour. Good to see I can still learn things from those guys without even meaning to!

I have to charge both my phone & a backup battery at the same time in a single cradle. This would really rock my setup as the backup battery seldom has time to fully charge.

I'm always looking for more chargers to forget at the places I frequent, maybe now I can have a nice one at home!

I heard this on the podcast last week and was looking for something similar last night! Please enter my name in the drawing. :)

1.8, that there is a hell of allot of juice. Thanks Kevin, going to order myself one. That should cut the charging time in half. Who ever could figure, Blackberry to the rescue.
Coming from the Pearl then the 9700 then a very brief stop at IOS and finaly to the best OS there is, Android. I am one hacking fool.

I already use a BlackBerry charger most times, but it is the one that came with my BB Tour way back when (2009) is isn't any faster than my standard charger. One of these would be great!

Seems like a lot of Blackberry converts here. I still use my Storm charger on my DX. Would love another charger.

My charger is falling apart! And this would be great for when I have to quickly charge before I dash out of the door. Plus, students like me don't often have $40 lying around!

Hey, this is neat! I will need a spare micro USB charger for my Raspberry Pi, so this isn't just for the sake of having it.

Not positive, but I think the ASUS transformer is 12 volts not 5 volts, so the ASUS could damage your phone!

i would love a new charger. mine actually just got ripped in half by stepping on it when it was plugged was a sad sad moment...

What about the car charger that is what interest me more. Really could use this though thanks

I've been doing this since switching from my Torch 9810 to the Samsung Skyrocket. It's an excellent charger that I use for all of my micro-usb devices.

It'd be nice to win one as a spare for keeping at work. :)

Mighty nice of you Kevin, please add my name to the virtual hat and enjoy your stay in Android land. Consider moving in, it's a nice neighborhood. ;-)

I would love an extra charger. Especially a faster one. I'm actually in the market for a new one since we cat chewed through my only spare AC charger. I was looking for one with at least 1 amp of current, but 1.8 would be great!

I have a HTC Rezound with the extended battery...would be great to charge that bad boy quicker indeed! Would love to win this...thanks for the opportunity, and hopefully, the win. :-)

You can do something similar with the charger that comes with the iPad. That one is even more powerful at 2.1A. You do need the USB-microUSB cable though.

I'm guessing my Galaxy Nexus doesn't support rapid charging out of the box. When I connected it to the iPad charger via a micro USB cable, the phone shows as being charged via USB instead of AC.

microUSB chargers work on microUSB phones???????

who knew??????

this canadian is a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very cool, I would gladly take one thank you. For a minute I thought the world would end when he plugged it in. Figured it would be like dividing by zero.

My wife just got an Evo LTE, and, coming from a BlackBerry, she's constantly forgetting to plug it in every night.
This would help juice up the phone in the mornings when she forgets to plug it in overnight!

For everyone that says Blackberry is slower than Android in EVERY way, I present this to you.....The Blackberry Premium......charger


They cant make a fast OS, but at least the handset will charge fast.

Now I know what all the carriers can do with the unsold Blackberry units they will have sitting in their stockroom until next year!

Take the charger out of each box and sell them for $40 to try to at least make back SOME of the money that was spend on those useless phones!

This would be pretty sweet to top off my Razr Maxx in no time flat, then tank up my Fascinate Media player to boot!!

I have a Blackberry Bold for work and a Galaxy Nexus for my personal phone, so this would be perfect for me!

I've always liked the blackberry chargers much better. about the only quality product they make these days ^_^

Kevin I can't wait to read your full review of Android after you have used your One X for awhile but in the meantime you could tide me over by hooking me up with that sweet charger :)

I still use my old BlackBerry charger on occasion - the dang thing won't wear out - but would love one of these new, fast BlackBerry Premium Chargers. Keep up the good work, K!

Would be great! I still use my Blackberry chargers to charge up the Razr and Razr Maxx! Works 100% of the time!

Dude Kevin hit me up. I started at crackberry com and yes am one of the traitors to the crackberry world but that is more of a failing on rim falling behind. If bbx is as great as they promise I sure as he'll will come back

I'd love one. My charger right now started doing that thing where the phone's touchscreen bugs out when you try to use it when plugged in.

Hmmm, would this charger have any detrimental effects on the battery of the phone, or cause any overheating? If not, then yeah, I would love to have a charger that would quick charge my phone. Very useful and hope I win.

as a former crackberry addict i still use my old tour chargers as spares for my razr maxx...wouldnt mind having an extra rapid charger though

I so could use this. Working in the basement of an old hospital really does a number on the battery as 90% of the time I never have signal and when I am away from my desk I need my cellphone.

Heard you guys talking about the charger on the Podcast and was going to buy one. Guess I'll wait and see if I can win one. Thanks for the tip.

BlackBerry was a very good messaging phone. Battery life was also quite good. Shame they couldn't keep up with the times and were left behind.

I've always been a believer in Blackberry wall chargers... They're the best micro USB chargers out there! Sign me up!

Just FYI, the Kindle Fire charger is also a 1.8 amp charger. I charge my Galaxy Nexus in half the time than from the standard 1 amp Samsung charger.

I use my old Storm charger for both my Fire and Rezound. Wouldn't mind having one that works even faster though. Count me in.

KEVIN, we have to phones and they both get used pretty well so we need this charger to quickly get us out the door fully charged. Thanks :O)

heck yes i want one too.... hummm blackberry and andriod....... what do you get???? a driodberry or blackdriod or berrydriod...endless options... anyways good luck too all especially ME!

Holy crap that's the most posts I've seen in news comment thread in ages :) watch all the people come out of the wood work when something free is on the line :)

Cool. Last thing I need to do is buy another charger with all I have around, but would love to have something a little faster

Thanks for the tip. It would be awesome to win one. This would be great especially for those times when I forget to plug in overnight and have to leave soon.

How did you know after the last podcast I was searching te interwebs for a 2 Amp micro usb charger. That said, I haven't bought one yet, so this would be great. Thanks!