I've had exactly the same problem. The connector that plugs into the docking cradle (or phone if you don't use the cradle) is faulty. Mine had a short circuit. Try gently moving the cable closest to the connector. Alternatively, turn off the charger at the mains socket, leave for 10 minutes or so then switch back on. If that doesn't prove it and you're lucky enough to have another charger, try that to see if the original is at fault.
Be warned that even though it's a 5.2V charger and a common USB type should work, getting hold of the identical USB connecting cable I found impossible. I had no luck sourcing a replacement Binatone charger either.
In the end I removed the sticker from the base of the cradle revealing the screw then undid it to dismantle the cradle. The cradle is very simple so don't worry. I cut the USB plug off the charger, bared & tinned the wires then soldered them directly to the docking contacts (wire with feint white broken line is +5V and should go to CH- solder pad, the plain black 0V wire goes to CH+). You'll have to cut a small notch in the lower edge of the cradle to pass the wires through before reassembly.
The soldering's very easy but don't overheat the pads otherwise the contacts will fall off which might be tricky to reposition. I'm quite handy with a soldering iron but if you're not, it's only a 5 minute job for anyone that's competent.
Jun 19, 2013 |