I have here my mother’s FP3+ which had a strange issue: the battery completely discharged when using it and we were not able to make it charge again: it was stuck in a loop of BlueFairphoneLogo->1%BatteryWarning->Reboot. I was charging with an external charger so I tried charging it from a computer (MacBook Pro) and it worked, the battery charged completely.
Now the phone is charged, turns on and off and works just fine. The fact is that I am not able anymore to charge it when it’s on. It only charges when it’s turned off. More specifically:
- Charging from a computer: charges only when the phone is turned off
- Charging from original Fairphone charger with original Fairphone cable: doesn’t charge, regardless of the phone being on or off (but the charger works, I was able to charge my Pixel6 with it)
- Charging from third-party charger with third-party cable: only charges if the phone is turned off.
Please notice that when the phone is on and I attach a USB cable it looks like I didn’t attach any cable at all: the icon doesn’t turn to the “charging” one, the percentage doesn’t grow (it actually discharge, if I leave it there). If attached to a computer I get the “device charging” notification but in the dialog I can’t change between “USB connection controlled by other device” to “USB connection controlled by this device”, it just says “Can’t perform commutation” (the wording could be different, the phone is in Italian). I tried enabling “Debug USB”, nothing changes: I still see the same notification, I was not notified of any device trying to debug and didn’t have the change to enable it.
Also, yesterday I opened the phone and removed the bottom module, thinking that it might be an hardware issue. The bottom module looks fine to me, it’s clean and not dusty at all, I even cleared it with contact spray.
What do you think could be the issue? A “standard” failure in the bottom module, so I should hope for a restock soon? It bothers me the fact that when the phone is turned off it just charges, only with some chargers (and not with Fairphone’s one, though).
Thank you for any information you’ll be able to provide