So you just plugged in your Playbook and… It’s not charging???

Playbook Not Charging

Recently a lot of Playbook users have been left in the dark due to their Playbooks no longer charging. Believe it or not, this is a known issue with the Playbook device. I recently came across a Playbook with this issue and here’s the solution RIM has suggested to fix the charging problem:

1. First, connect tablet to BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet MicroUSB Wall Charger.
2. Charge the tablet for 2 minutes.
3. Disconnect the tablet and wait 30 to 40 seconds.
4. Connect the tablet again and charge for 2 more minutes.
5. Repeat 6 times to build enough charge to turn the device on.
6. Press the power button for 20 seconds while on the 6th 2 min charge.
7. Wait 5 seconds and then press the power button again, just one time.
8. Leave the PlayBook charging for at least four hours.

Talk about an awkward resolution! I haven’t tested this out yet but it’s worth a shot!

Good Luck Playbookers!

Written By: Amardeep Juneja

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  1. dave says:

    Haha this is funny. I just experienced this problem this morning. Though I didn’t come up with this procedure I did discover that if you disconnect and reconnect a number of times it will eventually start to charge. I’ve raised a ticket with BB and await an official response.

    • It’s a really strange issue. And it’s actually affecting quite a lot of Playbooks. When my VP went to return his Playbook due to this issue, the girl at the counter just rolled her eyes and gave him a new one. Perhaps a bad batch from the manufacturer?

  2. Marcel says:

    Thank you!
    First I thought you were trying to pull my leg. Nevertheless, I tried and it worked….
    What a weird solution for an even weirder problem….

  3. ralphubales says:

    hi, i tried doing this but i have a question though, does the led have to blink red when you plug the charger? And after the sixth minute, and does the 20 second press do anything with the playbook? like does it have to blink to signify that charging was successful? anyone help? thanks!