Here’s How to Charge Your Phone as Quickly as Possible
You're ready to start your day and oh no! Dead cell battery. Fortunately, there's help. Here's how to charge your phone faster.
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Here’s How to Charge Your Phone Faster
You’re just about to head out for the day and grab your phone, but you notice you forgot to charge it and your battery power is in the single digits. Here’s how to charge your phone faster, or at least make sure you don’t lose any more power.
Switch to Low Power
Plug it into a Wall Socket
The USB port of your computer may be convenient when you’re working remotely, but an outlet will charge your phone faster. “This is because USB ports usually only charge at 0.5 amps, so it’s going to take twice the time to charge your phone than the one amp power adapter it came with,” according to Asurion.
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Use a Powerful Wall Charger
It also helps to have a charger that works faster than the one that came with your phone. HTC’s Rapid Charger is a popular choice. Just find an outlet, plug the charger in and connect it to your phone.
Keep a Charged Battery Pack Handy
When you know you’ll be far from a traditional power source, buying a battery pack is a good idea. Just make sure to plan for it in advance so you can charge the battery pack before you leave. Now that you know how to charge your phone faster using this method, find out about what you should do with your old cell phone.
Get Your Phone Out of the Sun
Avoid exposing your phone to temperatures 95 degrees and higher, Apple advises. The heat can damage your battery capacity, and your phone’s software may limit charging to about 80 percent when the phone gets hotter than the recommended temperature.
Take Your Phone Out of the Case
If you notice your phone heats up when you charge it, Apple suggests taking it out of its case before recharging. “Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles of cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity.”
Clean Out Your Lightning Port
The problem may not be with the your battery itself. Over time, lint and dust can accumulate in your lightning port (where you plug your charger into your phone) and clog it. CNET recommends turning your phone off and using a toothpick to gently remove any debris from the port. Then plug in your charger again and see if it works better.
Use Your Mac’s Power Adapter or iPad Charger
If you have an iPhone, you can plug it directly into Apple 12W and 10W USB power adapters, according to Apple. Connect your device to the power adapter with the USB to Lightning cable or 30-pin to USB cable.
Get a Powerful Wireless Charger
For a quick juice boost, look for a charger with high wattage. “The higher the number of watts, the faster your device will charge,” Macworld reports. The typical chargers that come with iPhones and older Android phones carry one amp of current and produce five watts of power, according to the consumer blog Techlicious. But “new rapid chargers with technology such as Quick Charge support two amps and 12 watts or more, potentially charging your phone up to four times faster.”
Use an Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable
Got a half-hour to spare? If you have an iPhone 8 or later and an adapter, Apple’s USB-C Lightning Cable will allow you to charge your battery up to 50 percent of capacity. It’s compatible with Apple 18W, 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter.
Get a Wireless Charging Pad
Though wired charging is faster, wireless charging is also a good option. The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad can work with phones including the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, Techlicious notes.
Invest in a Charging Case
For an ongoing solution to charging your phone quickly, consider getting a charging case. Some models, such as the Apple Smart Battery Case, can extend your battery’s life for 22 hours. They come in a range of prices and designs. Are you someone who likes to take your phone on adventures? Some of the cases are made with protective materials.