There are several reasons for UE Megaboom not charging. It could be a software issue or a hardware problem that needs fixing or replacing.
Software issues are easier to solve while hardware issues could signify a bad micro-USB cable, or a damaged charging port. Software issues can be fixed by simply updating the firmware, however, hardware issues will cost you. Keep in mind that you might have to repair or replace a few parts to get the speaker working again.
UE Megaboom Not Charging: Causes & How to Fix
In this article, we will dive down into the likely reasons your UE Megaboom speaker is not working, and the right fixes to apply.
Before you start checking the USB cable, charging port, and outlet, you might want to try out this quick fix to see if it solves the problem.
- Connect the speaker to the charger and leave it connected for a few seconds.
- Watch if the LED fails to pulse continuously. If this happens, disconnect the cable from your speaker, then reconnect it and leave it connected for a few seconds.
- Repeat both steps 1 and 2 until the speaker is able to get to a normal charge cycle – the LED should pulse continuously. (This process could take up to 30 minutes). From there, you can charge the battery until it reaches 100%.
Update the Firmware
While hardware issues are the most common cases, software problem is also common. Your speaker could have trouble charging because of software bugs or glitches. To clear any software bugs, you will have to update the firmware on the speaker. To update the Megaboom software, you will have to download the latest app for the speaker. Connect the speaker to your smartphone and open the app. Tap the update prompt to update the firmware and clear any software issues.
Get a New Charging Cable
If you notice that the charging cable does not make a tight fit as it once did, it could be that the connector pins have expanded and the cable is unable to make a better connection with the charging pot. If you update the software, then you can decide that this is the problem.
Test the cable to see if it fits properly. Before going ahead to buy a new micro USB cable, check if the outlet is working properly. You can do this by testing another device. Check if the power adapter is also in good working condition.
If everything seems okay, then you can switch the USB cable. You can tell if the USB cable is damaged by checking the connector plating for any signs of wearing. If you notice any chipping, then getting a spare cable should solve the problem. If you don’t have a spare cable, then you will have to purchase a new one.
Replace the Charging Port
If changing the USB cable doesn’t solve the problem and the battery still fails to charge, then you might want to take a look at the charging port. If you’ve been in the swimming pool or the ocean with the speaker and you failed to rinse it after, it could be that the port is damaged due to contact with water.
While the entire speaker is waterproof, the chemicals in the pool and salt in the ocean could break down the waterproof seals. If you’re to take the speaker into the water, rinse it immediately to get rid of the chemicals and salts. If you haven’t done this before, and you notice a charging problem, it could be that the charging port is damaged.
Other causes of charging port damage could be bent connector pins or dirt. Inspect the charging port and clean any dirt you can find. If this doesn’t work, then you will have to take the speaker to a repair shop. If the charging port is damaged, you won’t be able to repair it but will have to replace the port. This will cost you a few bucks but will get everything working again.
Replace the Battery
The UE Megaboom speaker runs on a lithium-ion battery. While they have a long lifespan, they will eventually be unable to hold a charge. This happens if you’ve been using the speaker for a while. The lithium-ion battery also has a charging temperature range. This means if it is too hot or too cold, the battery will be unable to charge. In most cases, it is likely that the battery is already damaged and won’t be able to hold a charge regardless of the fix applied.
You could find a replacement battery from your local supplier. Replacing the batteries will require some care but it shouldn’t be a problem. You could check YouTube tutorials to help you out. If you’re unable to do it by yourself, then taking the speaker shop will save you time and prevent any further problems.
How to Recharge the UE Megaboom Speaker
To recharge the UE Megaboom speakers, plug the charging cable into the micro-USB port inside the speaker. While the Megaboom has been tested to withstand up to 1 meter of submersion of u to 30 minutes, you will want to avoid taking it into the water. Avoid charging the speaker if the micro-USB port, charging cable, or connectors are wet.
If you still want to take your speaker into the swimming pool or ocean, you should thoroughly rinse it with fresh water and allow it to dry before charging it. Keep in mind that while the speaker is waterproof chemicals and salt from water bodies can damage the waterproof seals with time.
Using the USB cable, it should take up to 5 hours and 30 minutes to recharge the UE Megaboom Speaker up to 100%. However, it will be able to be charged faster if you have a USB charger with a higher output.
While the UE Megaboom speaker is waterproof, you should save yourself the trouble and avoid taking the water bodies while listening to music. You should start by checking the outlet then updating the firmware, check the USB cable before considering the charging port and battery problems.