OnePlus One User Experiences Charging Port Meltdown
OnePlus is an OEM in it’s infancy, catapulted into the big leagues partly due to it’s pricing and partly due to it’s sweet (but short) partnership with CyanogenMod. Along the way, they faced numerous issues such as badly-met PR endeavors, hostility towards the invite-only system and more, but they plowed on, unfazed, and went on to report a million devices sold in 2014.
Facts and statistics like these liken OnePlus to the larger, more established OEMs, and as a result, enthusiasts are often quick to judge and condemn them, forgetting that no startup sails smoothly without a few hiccups on the road. Until now, the hiccups faced were mostly software and PR oriented, but XDA Member hoopsbwc34 has brought to light a new and rather startling incident involving a OnePlus One. The device was left to charge overnight, as many of us tend to do, and the next morning, the charger port and surrounding body was melted. Hoopsbwc34 mentions that third-party charging cables and chargers were used, and one immediately concludes that maybe input was more than the device could handle, but given that the OnePlus One OEM charger provides a solid 2 ampere input, this is highly unlikely, yet OnePlus cited it as the reason they wouldn’t provide a replacement.
Whether the incident was random, a mishap, or one of many brought to light, the device was ruined beyond usage and OnePlus One users would do well to be on the lookout for telltale signs that hoopsbwc34 points out, such as overheating when charging and consequent rebooting.