Galaxy Nexus charger making noises?

Posted Sep 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

Whenever my Galaxy Nexus charger is plugged in, but not attached to the phone itself, it makes a weird electrical whining noise. Any one else experience this? It drives me nuts.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    Never heard that before. I’d toss it out and buy a new one.

    • zerosix

      There is no need.
      That is a normal feature of chargers, especially when we are talking about pulse chargers. If it’s a transformer charger, it can sometimes mean, that you have problems, but I don’t think, that it is your case.
      Anyway, I’ve listened to several other Samsung chargers and there was that sound.

  • rennerwin

    Always happend to me. Even when my Nexus is fully charged. It will make some weird noise.

  • herbivore83

    I had this out of the box. The charger makes a high pitch whine when plugged in with the phone not connected. Still charges the phone just fine, I just unplug it from the wall when I’m done.

  • LukeT32

    Mine does it also… drives me crazy. My girl friend and her daughter think I am crazy. They can’t hear it.

  • Andy Hall

    Dustin Earley,

    What you’re experiencing is a very common problem in electronics called “capacitor whine”.

    It is a small manufacturing defect that causes capacitors to exhibit a high pitched whining sound when current is passing through it. It is annoying, but by no means dangerous to yourself or your device.

    I once had a graphics card in my computer that had this problem, drove me nuts. I was so glad to get an upgrade!


  • Dustin Earley

    Thank goodness I’m not crazy. Thanks for replies everyone.

  • LukeT32

    To be honest though. It is only the Samsung “black box” chargers that does it. I have a Moto charger from my OG Droid that does not do it and an older Samsung charger from my girl friends old Samsung Captivate that does it….. My step daughter just got a Samsung Stratosphere in August and it came with the same silly “black box” like an Apple product and it makes the same god awful noise……. I was dead set on contacting Samsung about getting replacements for the longest time, but my efforts were smashed by the significant other. She deemed it not necessary. :)

  • ian

    I just brought two note 2′s both with white chargers one phone is grayish the other is white and they both make the noise. Also got a 10.1 note in white and that has a black charger that has no noise