You can bypass a DC charging port on a larger Bluetooth speaker through the USB input if the speaker has one. You can also take a speaker apart and bypass the charging port by soldering the charging wires to the board, but this is difficult and not recommended.
My name is Donovan, and I’ve been making music for most of my life. When I’m not in the studio, I’m usually listening to music, and I have first-hand experience dealing with various issues with Bluetooth speakers.
This post will show you how to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker. I’ll give you some instructions for how to do this on speakers where it’s an option and provide you with other tips and tricks for troubleshooting the problem.
Let’s get to it.
- Key Takeaways
- Initial Thoughts
- How to Bypass Charging Port on Bluetooth Speaker
- How to Bypass Charging Port on Bluetooth Speaker with Solder
- Final Thoughts
- You can’t bypass the charging port on every type of Bluetooth speaker.
- If your speaker has a DC charging port, you can bypass it by using the USB input for charging instead. This will charge slower, but it will work.
- If your speaker only has one input, such as a USB or micro-USB, you can’t really bypass this unless you take the speaker apart and soldier the charging wires to the main board.
- Repairing a broken charging port is possible, but it’s likely easier to just get a new speaker since this is a technical repair that the average person may not be able to complete.
You can bypass a charging port on a Bluetooth speaker in a few ways. Before diving into the details, it’s important to touch on a few technical aspects of how Bluetooth speakers work.
Larger Bluetooth speakers often have a DC charging port, and smaller speakers typically have a USB charging port. The DC charging port is round and allows you to plug in a standard wall outlet type of charger.
A USB charging port is similar to other electronic devices in that you need a USB cord and a charging block to properly charge them. USB-style speakers typically only have a single charging input.
Larger Bluetooth speakers with a DC charging port often have multiple inputs, including the standard charging input and another USB input. These are easy to bypass because of those multiple inputs.
Speakers with a single charging input are not easy to bypass because you don’t have another port you can use for charging, and you will need to take the speaker apart to complete an effective bypass.
I’ll start things off here with instructions on how to bypass a Bluetooth speaker with multiple inputs and a DC charging port. In the next section, I’ll give you an idea of the steps involved in the more complicated bypass of a smaller speaker.
How to Bypass Charging Port on Bluetooth Speaker
This section will show you how to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker with multiple inputs. Multiple inputs give you the potential for various charging methods, which will help you still charge the speaker if one is broken.
The steps below address this issue with a Bluetooth speaker that has a DC charging port and another USB port. This is the standard setup for larger Bluetooth speakers. This is the only real way to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker without soldering wires.
Follow these steps to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker:
- Unplug the DC charging cord from the speaker if it’s currently plugged in. This is best practice when dealing with any electronic device so you don’t harm yourself or the speaker.
- Plug the correct USB cord into the USB input on your speaker.
- Plug the other end of the USB cord into a charging block and then plug the block into a wall outlet or extension cord.
- Your speaker should now start charging through the USB cord.
Keep in mind that a USB cord is only capable of charging at a fraction of the speed of your DC charger. It will take a lot longer for the speaker to reach full charge than it would with the standard charger. But this method will power up your speaker.
How to Bypass Charging Port on Bluetooth Speaker with Solder
Since many Bluetooth speakers don’t have a DC charging port and are only equipped with a USB or micro-USB input, the bypass fix mentioned above won’t work for every model. You’ll need to do something more complicated if you have a speaker with a single charging input.
Before diving into the details of this fix, consider whether you even want to attempt to take your speaker apart and soldering wires. If you have experience working on computers or small electronics, this is not a big deal.
But if you don’t have any experience dealing with small electronic repairs or don’t already have a soldering gun, you should probably just purchase a new speaker rather than trying to fix the charging port.
And if you don’t even know what soldering is, you should probably stop reading right now and start shopping for a new speaker.
For those of you who are confident in your ability to dissect and repair a speaker, here are the steps for bypassing a charging port on a Bluetooth speaker with soldiering:
- Unplug your Bluetooth speaker from any power source and remove the charging cable from the speaker itself.
- Take your speaker apart to access its internal components. Since each speaker is different, I can’t provide exact instructions here. But there are likely a few small screws somewhere on the speaker you can take out to access everything.
- Locate the faulty charging port.
- Desolder the current wires from the charging port. Be sure to note the positive and negative wires.
- Solder these wires to the appropriate spot on the main board. Be sure to attach the positive and negative wires in the correct location.
- See if you can power on your speaker.
Since this bypass trick won’t work on every speaker, you should also consider replacing the charging port rather than changing up the wiring. This is a more direct fix that should get your speaker working as good as new again.
To replace the charging port, you still need to take the speaker apart and have some technical know-how with small electronic repairs. You’ll need to desolder the attachment wires and solder them back to a new port.
Finding a replacement port is another part of this fix. You typically can’t find an exact replacement from the speaker manufacturer, so you’ll need to dig around and find a suitable option.
But there should be plenty of USB and micro-USB charging port options around. You can technically use just about any of these as long as they fit inside your speaker, and you can assemble it easily.
If you are using a pretty cheap speaker, buying a new one is probably a better idea. But always check with the manufacturer to see if the speaker is under any sort of warranty. You might be able to get a new one for free if so.
Here are a few short answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker.
How can I charge my Bluetooth speaker if my charging port is broken?
If your speaker has another input, you can charge it through a USB or micro-USB connection. This will charge more slowly than a standard DC charging input, but it will still work. If your speaker only has one input, you’ll need to fix or replace it to get it to work.
How do I direct my Bluetooth speaker without a battery?
If your Bluetooth speaker is broken and you want to bypass the battery, you’ll need to take the speaker apart and solder the charging wires directly to the board. Then you’ll still need a power source, such as an amp, to get it to work.
What to do when charging port is broken?
If the charging port on your speaker or any other electronic device is broken, you can use a different port on the device to charge if it’s equipped with one. If the device does not have another port, you’ll need to replace or fix the broken charging port.
Do Bluetooth speakers need a power source?
Nearly all Bluetooth speakers require a power source because of their additional features and functions compared to standard unpowered speakers. You can resolder the wiring in a Bluetooth speaker, but it won’t function as it usually would this way.
The easiest way to bypass the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker is to use a secondary input to charge it. Some speakers have a DC charging port and another USB port, which you can use instead of the main port, although this will be slower.
It is possible to fix or replace a broken charging port, but it’s not a fix that is easy for everyone. You need to have some technical experience with soldering and small electronic repair to make this happen. It’s doable, but it might be easier just to purchase a new speaker.
Have you ever successfully bypassed the charging port on a Bluetooth speaker? How did you do it? Let me know in the comments below.