1 - Foreign power adapter with the right phone connector
1 - US power adapter with the same voltage as the foreign adapter
1 - Wire strippers
1 - Bit of electrical tape Foreign Power Adapter :
First of all, you need to look at the foreign adapter that fits your phone correctly. Check the specs for where it says "OUTPUT: #.#V, ##0mA." In this example, we have "DC 5.3V 500mA," so we need a US adapter with 5.3V output. US Power Adapter*:
You need to have a US power adapter that has the same voltage output. In this example, we have 5.3V, so the US adapter should also say "DC 5.3V" or we risk ruining whatever we're going to plug in. It is also the case that this example shows a NOKIA US power adapter. You can, however, use basically ANY AC to DC power adapter that has the specs you're looking for. Wire strippers:
For splicing wires. You could also use pliers, scissors, a knife, or if you're doing this at TechShop
, you can find even more stuff. Bit of Electrical tape:
For a more permanent fix, you could solder, or use wire splicers that are shown in red (but way too big for my tiny wires).
*NOTE: My US adapter is only 5V and 350mA. Because I'm charging a battery, having a lower voltage may affect the charge capacity, and having a lower mA rating will charge it slower. I DO NOT RECOMMEND EVER USING A HIGHER VOLTAGE
POWER ADAPTER (unless you have reason to believe it will work). Going above the voltage your original adapter used is much more likely to fry or ruin your device. Always try to get as close to the exact voltage as possible, and never go over.