True confession time….I am not the most patient of people. OK, my kids and husband might think that’s putting it mildly. :-) And they’d be right. I am seriously impatient…but I am working on this character flaw. That being said…as you can imagine…I have NO patience for a dead phone battery or waiting for one to recharge! That is why I carry a battery pack in my purse and have multiple charging cords in house, my purse, my car….one for every possible situation.
There’s nothing more irritating than wanting to use your phone and seeing that the battery is either low or completely dead. It’s even worse when you’re traveling. Long days on a plane or out exploring a new city will drain your battery in no time, and you usually only have limited time to charge it. A short layover, a coffee break at Starbucks, or a quick return to the hotel to freshen up.
When you’re on the road, or anytime you only have a few minutes to recharge, you need to maximize what little time you have.
Here are 10 simple tips for quick-charging your phone when you’re short on time!
Charge From a Wall Socket – Avoid The USB Port
The best way to charge your phone is to connect it directly to a wall outlet. Although connecting your phone to your computer with a USB cable is a convenient ways to recharge, it’s not as quick as the traditional outlet cable.
That’s because USB ports usually can only charge at 0.5A, so it’s going to take more time compared to a 1A power adapter. Even a USB 3.0 port only goes up to 0.9A at its maximum.
A typical phone charger, however, can provide at least 1 amp of current while tablet chargers are usually rated at about 2 amps, and the more amps you feed to a device, the faster it is going to charge.
If your charger didn’t come with an adapter to plug it into the wall, they’re small and cost as little as $10 for a good one.
This simple practice can save you up to 50 percent charging time or even more.
Use A Higher Powered Charger
Speaking of chargers/adapters, be sure to use one that can put out as much power as your smartphone can handle. For example, the iPhone 6 ships with a 1 amp power adapter – but it can actually handle the 2.1 amp charger from an iPad just fine, and will charge much faster if you use one.
Here’s the catch, though – charging your phone with a 2.1 amp charger will generate more heat than charging with the 1 amp charger and cable. That could reduce your battery’s life (albeit slightly). So you may want to stick with the default 1 amp charger for when speed isn’t a factor, like when you’re charging your phone overnight.
Grab A Charging Gizmo
If you absolutely must use a USB port, grab yourself a Practical Meter, which is a little gizmo designed to optimize charging through a USB port. It displays real-time charge rates of any USB device so you know how fast you’re charging. You can also use it in conjunction with any wall adapter too!
The ChargeDr is a USB charge booster that promises to increase the output of a computer’s USB port – enough to charge even an iPad, for that matter. It does that by communicating with the computer’s internals and “asking” them for a boost. It might be more effective with some computers than others, however, and getting one will cost you $20. Still, if you often have to charge your devices from a USB port, this could be money well spent.
Use a two-USB-port Y-cable, which aggregates the power of two USB computer ports and serves it all to a single device (here’s a good example on Amazon). It should be capable of charging a phone at a decent rate when a charger isn’t nearby.
Use A Computer Application
Asus’s Ai Charger is a free utility that lets you charge iPhones, iPods, and iPads from your PC’s USB port. Ai Charger also promises to charge them 50 percent faster using standard USB ports.
Charge Your Battery Pack Instead Of Your Phone
Certain portable battery packs can charge much faster than the smartphone or tablet you’ll be connecting them to. I never leave home without mine.
Just plug the battery into the wall while you’re waiting to board your plane or taking a shower, then slip it into your pocket and charge your phone up once you’re on the move again.
Put Your Phone in Airplane Mode
Your smartphone is a battleground of power usage when it’s plugged in. The radios that run Wi-Fi, the cell phone signal, and Bluetooth are all vying for the power coming in, while your battery is trying its best to get some for itself.
Try turning on Airplane Mode the next time you charge your phone. You won’t get any text messages or phone calls while it’s on, but you will be able to charge your phone a few minutes faster.
If putting your phone into Airplane Mode helps charge your phone faster, turning it off completely is even better! By turning your phone off while it charges, you’re stopping its need for power to operate the screen and motion sensors and to run applications.
If you’re looking for the fastest charge, turn your phone off. Besides, we could all use a few minutes away from our phones, right? Relax and talk with a friend – you know, in person.
Keep It Cool
Let your phone get some fresh air and it’ll return the favor with a faster charge. Removing the case and finding a cool place for the battery will definitely speed things up.
Another thing to remember…heat is your phone’s biggest enemy. Nothing shortens the life of a battery more than heat, so keep it out of direct sunlight and hot vehicles and never charge a phone when its hot to the touch.
Stop Checking Your Phone While It’s Charging
The only thing that kills your battery faster than cell data is that big, bright screen – so stop looking at it while you’re charging the phone! Every little bit helps, and continually turning on the display to check the battery percentage is only going to make matters worse.
Even if you’re waiting for a message, try not to keep checking your phone, just put the ringer on loud. If you have to check, turn the brightness down to minimize power drain.
Proper Battery Maintenance
The last tip is one you can do right now, before you need a quick charge.
Apple recommends that you go through at least one full charge cycle every month. This means you should charge your smartphone to 100% and let it fully discharge until it turns off by itself.
By doing this in a full cycle without charging in between, you’ll keep the electrons in the battery flowing and make sure it has the longest life possible.
The next time you are faced with a low battery warning sign and want your battery to quickly gain some juice, employ some of these neat tricks. You will be surprised by how fast your phone will charge.