Chargers for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P lack key safety feature

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In a new video posted by a user, at least some of the chargers made available with the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P lack a safety feature intended to idiot-proof the chargers and prevent more serious problems. The safety feature in question is a failsafe in the charger that should detect whether a charge-able device has been connected. Lacking that failsafe feature, the chargers are constantly outputting 5 volts/3 amps of power.

In the video, Nathan K shows how the two Google chargers function with their always hot state and compares this against other chargers sold by Google that do have the failsafe feature in place. The worst offender appears to be the Nexus 5X charger that is outputting power all the time. The Nexus 6P charger is not quite as bad as it does not immediately output power when its own cord is used. However, using other cords somehow bypasses whatever safety feature is present in the charger and it starts outputting power.

In the video, Nathan K discusses several scenarios where the presence of power could be bad thing and lead to damage to devices. Some of these seem to be a stretch, like plugging one wall charger into another wall charger.

Nathan K indicates that he contacted Google support about the issue and was advised that there was nothing they could do to help with the situation. It should be noted that the two devices come from different manufacturers, LG and Huawei, so it is unclear how both ended up with the same problem unless they were following some specific instructions from Google. If that is the case, it is not clear why Google’s specs for these chargers would differ from other, standalone chargers that Google sells as seen in the video. What is also not certain is whether the lack of the failsafe is true for all chargers for these two phones or only some of the units.

You can check out Nathan K’s discovery of this flaw in the video below. For any Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P owners out there, does this worry you at all?

via: Phone Arena


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.


  • Luminous Arizona

    Wow, obviously Jeff isn’t an Electrical Mechanical Engineer.

  • Tav-El

    Since this is the first time I’ve used USB Type-C, I only have the one charger, and I don’t even have the means to test it like Nathan K. did. But what this means is that I can’t just leave my charger plugged into the wall when I’m not using it. I always need to be moving it somewhere else (e.g. the other room, work) anyway. What does that mean for me? Am I accidentally safe from this, or is it causing problems for me regardless?

  • Sohail Iqbal

    “Google support”? Good luck with that.