ED Magedson – Founder
Greenbrier International - Family Dollar Store3085 N Montana Ave Helena MT 59601 Helena, Montana USA
Greenbrier International - Family Dollar Store Family dollar -Auto Power Adapter BLOWS UP PHONES Auto power adapter for USB devices from Greenbrier KILLS phones Chesapeake virginia
I purchased a "USB Car Charger for DC 12v" at my local Family Dollar Store yesterday. It appears to be a very easy to use device. Plug it in to the car's cigarette lighter adapter and charge your phone or other device. Within 15 minutes of plugging the charger into my HTC Desire Android smartphone, the phone became completely useless. It had been "bricked" by the power adapter (bricked as in, the phome is now about as useful as a brick - it's not a phone anymore).
The adapter that Family Dollar sells, from Greenbrier does have a stupid message on the back of the packaging that warns the user to ONLY plug in devices AFTER the car is started. It actually says that having a device plugged in when the car starts "may damage your appliances" - what???!! What the F? That makes absolutely no sense form a real user perspective. Why would you need to unplug the charger when the car starts??!!
To me, the warning in small letters on the back of the package actually should read something like this - "This device can charge your phones and other equipment - but be careful. It does not have the simple electronic parts that most such devices contain. Instead, we made it as cheaply as possible. Be forewarned, you may destroy devices that cost a lot mor ethan this cheap little adapter". Or something lke that.....
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