Thanks, hippies ... been there, done that. Have an external with two extra batteries kept charged and have a big fat charger. Shoulda connected the phone to 460v with 12 gauge wire, that would have fixed it for good
One problem is, as I understand it (can't verify from personally taking the phone apart but info comes from reliable sources) the nitwits put the charging logic in software. One result of that is that if the battery gets too low to run the computer, it can't
charge. Hey, aren't we smart ?
Apparently they had some problems with the connector at first which is understandable but not commendable but this is not that. It also
refuses to charge about 50% of the time if the phone is turned on (even with the battery at a fairly high level). If you turn it off and plug in the charge cable, it charges. So it's not the connector.
To put it bluntly, this is total crap. How a well-known and respected company can be this fucking stupid boggles the mind.