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Sidekick 3 does not receive charge

I have a sidekick 3, and i also have two batteries (one is brand new). The batteries work fine. i have a couple of chargers, that work fine. none of the chargers charge up the batteries, i believe there is a charger port problems. is there anything that i can do?

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  • stephiek Nov 14, 2007

    I have the same problem. The little orange light on the side of the phone that indicates the phone is charging does not light up unless I hold it in the phone and press down on it. T-mobile told me it was a "known problem" with the sidekick...but the company won't replace the phone because I didn't add insurance to my phone package. I have only had the phone for 8 months.

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2007

    my sidekick 3 is not charging

  • Blaze876 Nov 25, 2007

    my sidekick does not charge

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2007

    i have the same prob when i chage my sk3 it dosnt work whats should i do plz hellp

  • FS10325 Nov 28, 2007


  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    i have da same problem it wont work even if i change the charger battary and changing where i charge it it wont work wat should i do?????

  • bluetower Dec 19, 2007

    My sidekick 3 displays the charge light on the side when the power cord is plugged in. It shows the battery icon on the LCD with moving bars, giving the appearance that it is taking a charge, but it doesn't charge the battery.

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2007

    i also have the same problem with my sidekick 3 and ID so i bought a batt. charger take the batt. out every night and charge it out of the phone

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2008

    everytime i try to charge my sidekick it wont work.. whats wrong with it?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2008

    yeah i got the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008


  • devilboy284 Apr 08, 2008

    ya same thing doesnt work just happened today

  • cro07 Apr 25, 2008

    my sidekick 3 wont charge,i have a new battery and charger for trhe phone

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    when i insert the battery the ball blinks and a little light blinks but it doesnt say chrging or anything

  • chocolate5 May 20, 2008

    i have the same problem it acts like its charging but the batterie does not actually charge the light comes on like it is charging but nothing happens

  • orlandoguerr Jul 02, 2008

    my charger port is broken.  What is the best solution for this?

  • woodster09 Jul 15, 2008

    can i charge my phone on the computer with a usb cord or what other chargers are avaliable that will charge the phone?

  • kthelliott Aug 07, 2008

    i have two sidekick 3's and both have the same problem where i cant charge them and they wont come on

  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2008

    what i do is charge the battery on my friends sk3 and it works good but i want to buy a cradle...i cant buy on ebay

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    when i plug my sidekick 3 in to a different charger it wouldn't charge...but my friend said it will blow out the phone if i use other chargers other than the sk3 charger but i don't know why?

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    my phone has the same problem. I have tried using my usb cord and that doesnt work neither

  • mani_sngh Nov 27, 2008

    yea i got a sidekick and it wont charge up the light shows and i used the usb but it wont cut on.

  • c_morales517 Nov 30, 2008

    i just bought a new battery and a new charger wen u plug in the charger it lights up but i dont c it charging what shud i do

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    i had 2 car chargers in my car i accidently charge the sidekick3 with
    my other charger which had the same plug but it was 12v, the regular
    charger surpose to have 3.7v,, i had it in my sidekick for 5 sec and
    then i found out and took it out. after couple hrs sidekick still work,
    then when the battery was dead.. i tryed to charge it with my with my
    home charger it still charge at all.. i think i blew out the charger
    plug in the sidekick, i tryed my friends battery it worked fine.. i
    know the sidekick works but it will not charge on car charger or home

    anybody know what i should do

  • aryneverts Jan 13, 2009

    the light comes on and it says the battery is charging but wheni unplug it it didnt actually charge at all!

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    i put my phone in the charger the chagerr light gose on but all it says is that my battarey is low and it wont go on

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    i try to charge my sidekick and it doesnt charge

  • roxyfuzzy97 Feb 01, 2009

    i have a sidekick 3 and i lost the charger so i used another t-moble charger one that doesnt go for a sidekick 3 and i left it over night and the next morning my sidekick didnt turn on! what should i do?

  • ethanw Mar 18, 2009

    i dont have the charger so i tryed using the razor charger.. the light on the side is blinking orangne telling me if i keep it in charged it will automaticaly turn on which is not happening so anyone with an answer i would appreciate your time and help thank you.

  • leon-16-leon Mar 20, 2009

    i bought a NEW Sidekick 3
    and it is not working i guess its the battery i charge it and just the little orange light turns on ... thats all i can't turn it on i can't do anything does anybody know whats wrong??? i would appreciate it thank you
    if you know whats wrong could you sent me an email please?
    thank you very much

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    my friend gave me a sidekick saying it dont work so i went to a shop and got a new battery and it worked but it wont charge what do i do????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


  • ihmysk May 11, 2009

    my charger just falls out , i used to be able to turn it a certain way for it to charge but now it just doesnt work at all.. this is the 4th sidekick 3 i went through...



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All right. The Sidekick 3 has a known charging issue that crops up on some phones. If you are under warranty, call t-mobile and get it fixed. If not, the repair is going to run 100+ to fix the charging port.

A fast and simple solution is to by an external charger and an extra battery. They run about 30 bucks total on ebay.

Check out Sidekick Battery Chargers.

Be glad the battery is easily removable. The original sidekick and sidekick II had internal batteries that are a pain in the butt to remove!!!

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    Terry Fritsch Dec 05, 2007

    Make sure if you get a charger, get a cradle that has a spare battery charger. There are some cradles that are available that don't have that feature.

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This is a workaround that bypasses the problem. It does not outright fix the charger port, but it DOES charge your battery. 1) The known way. Buy a Sidekick 3 cradle charger. This allows you to dock your SK3 . I've never bought one, but it has an area to put an extra SK battery. You take your battery out of the non charging SK3 and put it in the external charging holder and it charges it up. Of course, you have to use a good battery. This costs like $25 and up. They are often found on ebay.

2)The second method is cheaper still, but takes some more time. Go to Ebay. Type in "universal cell phone charger". You will see dozens if not hundreds of these pop up. They are a generic charger from China. They have many variations but they all look pretty much the same . They are rounded, attach to an ac outlet and have small electrode probe clamps which are placed on the battery contacts externally.
They can charge digital camera and pda batteries as well as cell phones. They can be somewhat quirky to figure out because they might not come with instructions. I had mine for a little while before I finally figured it out completely. The best versions of this universal charger have instructions written on it, at least on the sale ad. It does work. Can be kind of slow. I did an overnight charge on my SK3 battery and it's only 4/5 full. But they are so dirt cheap. Under $4 each, that you could buy two, an extra SK battery ($5 on ebay) and still come out ahead of the cradle. Plus it can be used on ANY cell phone battery, not just the SK3. If you have two batteries and chargers going on all the time, it compensates for the somewhat slower charge rate of this charger. In all fairness, SK3 has one of the largest and highest Mah (1500) of any standard cell phone battery I've ever seen. Good luck whichever you choose.

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Just buy a T-Mobile Sidekick 3 USB Charging Cradle and your problem is fixed just bought one today and now my sidekick is charging

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

@ heckxyes: Sidekicks don't have a lot of battery life because of all the functions they do, especially if you are running AIM/Yahoo or the camera (I find those drain the battery). I usually just charge mine before I go to bed and it's fine all day.

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The same thing happened with me... I brought it to school and even though I charged it ALL night I had 2 bars of battery! So when I got home I plugged in the charger and the light won't even turn on... Anyone?

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