Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P chargers are potentially dangerous, according to this video

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P chargers are potentially dangerous, according to this video
Every smartphone comes with a set of accessories out of the box, most importantly – a wall charger. It is generally advisable to juice up your phone with its bundled hardware, as it is assumed that the manufacturer built the charger to the exact spec. Furthermore, chargers that come boxed with flagship smartphones are expected to be top of the class and extremely reliable without question.

Well, one Nathan K. posted a video on YouTube, which was since distributed on Reddit as well, which shows that the chargers bundled with Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may be dangerous. But to get this out of the way – no, they shouldn't fry your phone. They may, however, pose a potential danger, if the user gets a bit careless and inserts them the wrong way in another device.

Apparently, the Nexus 5X chargers have no failsafe in place and put out their 5V/3A at all times. As a comparison, good, high-class wallchargers will have voltage safeties in them, which will not allow for any output to be generated unless the cable is plugged in a charge-able device. So, how is this bad? For one, it's not advisable to leave your wallcharger plugged in when not charging your phone — it will just continue working. Second, in the odd chance that you may, by mistake, plug the charger's cable in the outputting side of another USB device, you may damage something.

The Nexus 6P's charger does not output 5V/3A when plugged in with its own cable dangling on it. But if you plug a smart cord, like the Lightning cables that charge the iPhones and iPads, in the 6P's wallcharger, it will immediately start outputting power, regardless whether it's connected to a device or not.

So, admittedly, plugging your charger in reverse or using Apple cables with your Nexus chargers are both very niche situations. We don't believe this would lead to #chargergate, but do consider this a PSA.

source: Reddit

Related phones

Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ships your phone with a 6inch cable... How useless from the beginning

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I've been using two cables together for along time and there hasn't been any problems with them getting warm or anything. My Nexus6 came with a rapid charger and the phone rarely gets warm even with the case on.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I charge my 6p with my 950xl charger and 950xl with 6p charger no problem. The real problem however is Google trying block Microsoft from being a danger in mobile os by blocking all their apps on Microsoft. Honest Microsoft and windows 10 are the future of mobile and desktop. Google needs to just stay in its place as a browser sorry for ranting.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You are not allowed to complain about Google here, only Apple. Google is a saint, not allowing even youtube to officially windows phone would only be a problem if Apple were doing it.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah, wait for an Apple article and reverse Apple and Google in your first sentence and the same will be true.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's a business decision. Just like I understand why there is no third parties support for my Wii U. Nintendo did no have a viable market share in the console space. Despite that I am still happy with my Wii U because I bought the console knowing what I am getting myself into. I would not buy it if it's does not meet my requirements despite my love for Nintendo which is much lower for them. I skipped Xbox One this generation waiting for Scorpio which will better meet my needs and I can play the older Xbox one games cheaper down the road. It's your life your choices make the ones that you would not regret despite the constraints of the real world.

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I got a few islands for sale if you believe the crap you just spat out.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dissappointed Google made this mistake But as long as the user doesn't do something stupid, nothing dangerous will happen Something dangerous will only happen the user is being stupid e.g. Like plugging in a laptop without USB-PD support Or plugging in an old phone which can't handle 15W

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google doesn't have an problem bring their apps to other platforms e.g. almost all their apps are on iOS (the even let the iOS get features ahead of the Android app if the iOS team finishes first) The problem is W10 app isn't profitable at the moment So Google isn't wasting money in it (nether is Apple, Adobe, ...)


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Wrong Adobe is working on apps. Google is not looking at profit they what advertisement and hate that Microsoft wont allow it.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

After reading all your comments made on Google. I think you are the one that has a mental issues with Google. I dislike Microsoft business practices more than Google ones but do you see me complaining about Microsoft at every turns. No, in fact I am one of Microsoft certified professional.i work in a pure Microsoft business environment using Microsoft products every day. Guess what I am happy person because I accept them for their strength and weakness.

23. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Wrong google know if Microsoft have their apps it be over for them

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Yeah! Google really don't wana support Microsoft!!! Even though MSFT always tries to be a friend!!

7. Unordinary unregistered

Everyone tries to be a friend or on the winners team when they're losing.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

You clearly dont know the fact that recently MSFT bonded with google to rectify legal issues without courts!!!! Thats the friendship i am talking about!! Nobody is losing anything!! MSFT is still a cross-platform king!!

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

MSFT has no choice since they are on the losing side e.g. See PS4 vs XB1 compared PS3 vs 360 The 360 was selling better than the PS3 MSFT blocked cross-platform multi-player between 360 and PS3 Now the XB1 is selling worse compared to the PS4 Now MSFT are pushing for cross-platform multi-player between XB1 and PS4 (and even PC)

24. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Wrong example of ps3 vs 360, they only caught up because of Japan, where Microsoft always sell bad because Japanese only support them with computers and keep the money flowing in their companies Sony and Nintendo.......if you remove all the japan sales to make a better comparison then you would see 360 sold more.......its not about losing because apple music is on android.........Microsoft right now is looking great even the windows mobile 10, this website do a horrible job of reporting any new apps they got, but they quick to report apps they lost....look how they posted bank of America remove their app from the app store, but have you seen the article where they posted bank of America have a new app in windows mobile 10 store built from scratch ? The answer is no, and its not just that app, there are a lot of things that left and came back windows 10 made for the phone, Microsoft have something good going on, don't be blind like the rest

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I said: "The 360 was selling better than the PS3" "its not about losing because apple music is on android" Google Play Music is on iOS Nether are on WM Microsoft is looking good But WM isn't Hence why most devs arent developing for WM Yep, this website only reports "well" on Apple and Samsung I'm an W10 Insider, I'm loving the new Micosoft *Surface line (I'm probably getting a Surface Pro 5 or 6 depending on how long my current ultrabook lasts) *Unifying W10/PC and Xbox *Pushing for cross-platform multi-player between XB1, PS4 and W10/PC *Hololens *Lots of cool apps on Android/iOS (which arent even on WM) But I also admit Microsoft are still failing in terms of WM *Delayed release *1020 successor cancelled *No new flagship in Q1 2016

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1020 never had a true successor, the McLaren was a 20MP phone, the huge hump was due to a proprietary stabilization that they built upon and put into the 950/xl phones. The only thing it had that not even the 1020 had was 3d touch. But it wasn't ready and neither was the phone. Why would they release a flagship in q1 16 when they just released one a few months ago...they are not Samsung that split their phone releases. to make it look amazing.

6. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

well, everything is dangerous if you are stupid enough...

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Children can get their hands on chargers.

10. markdj

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

It sounds, from your description that it is the Apple lightning cable that is out of spec and obviously isn't confirming to the USB-C specifications.

11. e3saron

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

So just use the stock cable that comes with the stock adapters and problem solved ? Lmao

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You can still use non stock cables and adapters (as long as they are compilant) Just dont do stupid stuff e.g. Like plugging in a laptop without USB-PD support Or plugging in an old phone which can't handle 15W

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so.. where are the accident news about this charger? those phone is almost a year now..

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I stopped using my cable a month after I bought the phone simply because it stopped working. I was very disappointed about that... Though everything else seems to be working just fine.

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