How to Charge Your Mobile Device Faster

By on June 4, 2015 | 12:08 pm
June 4, 2015 | 12:08 pm

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to be able to use your mobile device when it’s almost out of juice and you don’t have time to wait for it to charge?

If you often find that your tablet or smartphone is low on juice and you only have a little while to charge it, the following tips will help you get the most charge possible in the least amount of time.

Don’t Charge Using the USB Ports on Your Computer

Of course, everybody knows that you can connect most mobile devices to the computer using a USB cable to transfer data, and they’ll also charge. However, they won’t charge anywhere near as quickly as they would if plugged into a dedicated charger.

A regular USB 3.0 port can deliver up to 0.9A, and USB 1.0 and 2.0 can’t deliver that much, whereas a dedicated charger can offer as much as 1.5A. Of course, you can still charge your device using the USB cable, but if you’re in a hurry, it’s better to depend on a dedicated charger.

However, if you must charge via USB:

Use a USB Charger with More Power

Most devices come with a dedicated charger, but sometimes it’s worth upgrading to something more powerful. For example, an iPhone 6 charges much more quickly when plugged into the 2.1A iPad charger rather than the 1A charger that comes with the phone.

Not every mobile device can charge faster when plugged into a more powerful USB charger. However, because USB charging is relatively uniform, you should be able to safely plug any device into any charger. The device will draw as much power as it can from the charger, or as much power as it is configured to draw.

Use a Good Quality Cable

While the USB technology is relatively standardized, USB cables are not. For the best charging results, use the cable that came with the device rather than a cheap cable you previously purchased. Cheaper cables can’t always transmit the full amount of power which may cause your device to charge more slowly.

Put the Device Down

You’d be amazed how many people continue to use their devices while charging them. But consuming power while the device is charging will slow down the procedure considerably.

While shutting your phone down completely or putting it into airplane mode may help increase the charge time in an emergency – it can be inconvenient if you need to stay connected.

Use a Car Charger or External Battery Pack

While this won’t make your device charge faster, it will give you the opportunity to charge your device when you’re out and about.

Many of these battery packs are designed as cases that you can put on your phone to both protect and charge it, saving you the inconvenience of having to carry two devices in your purse or pocket. If you find that you often have to charge your phone quickly, consider purchasing an external battery pack.

Or if you spend a lot of time in the car, consider purchasing a universal car charger so that you can charge your mobile devices while driving.

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