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External charger for battery?

Does anyone know of a charger that I can put my Zen's battery into to charge it? The player will work when the battery's charged, but it won't charge via the power port or mini USB port.

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  • feemump Mar 15, 2008

    I have the same problem. I simply cannot charge the battery and i know everything works? i wonder does the zen battery fit into any other device????

  • bflowers Mar 22, 2008

    I have a creative zen xtra and the battery wont charge! i can run it fine as long as it is plugged in. anyone have a similar problem, or know of a solution


  • evansi70 Apr 08, 2008

    Had exactly the same problem with my Zen Xtra that I hadn't used for several months. I followed lkadlcek's solution but, instead of cutting up the Creative charger, used a mobile phone charger I don't need anymore. Stripped back the wires, stuck them to the terminals of the battery using electrical tape and charged it up for a couple of minutes. When I put the battery back in the Zen, everything worked fine!



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I had the same problem just today,when I turned my Zen on after like 6 months- zen working fine from the charger but battery would not show any charging[no battery icon].What I did is cut the output cord from charger and strip the two wires just a little bit and hold the bare ends straight on the battery contacts - and + [plus is the one with white stripes] for like 30 seconds and than put the battery back to the Zen,turn on the zen [without the charger pluged in] and it worked,showing slightly charged battery,so I pluged the charger back and it started charging the battery normal like before.Hope this helps,Lukas

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  • BarryE1947 May 21, 2011

    I did not want to cut the Zen charger but had a spare phone charger and cut the tip off that. I was concerned when I found I had one white and one black wire. I guessed the white was positive and held them against the battery for over a minute and it worked, phew!


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I tried lkadlcek solution and it worked! It means the battery is so drained it cannot trigger the charging circuit to work, and needs just a touch of power to get going. However, you do not need to cut any wires.

The body of the Xtra's power jack is negative, and the inner connector is positive. Just connect a paper clip to the body of the adapter, and pull apart another clip and insert its sharp head into the inner connector. Be careful not to touch these two poles, + and - together or it could damage the adapter! Now, touch these paper clips to the corresponding + and - terminal of the battery for 10 seconds. That's it!

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I have hunted high and low for a solution to the battery charging problem. Digitania your a star my juke box is alive!!!! thanks.

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There is no third-party charger, which is a major downside. The only way to charge a battery is in the Zen itself. If you buy a spare, you have to charge it in the Zen and then carry it along...

I bought an iGo charger and tip so that it can have power in the car or on a long airplane trip. That helps a lot.

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