Sometimes it takes forever just to charge your phone – here’s how to avoid that.
It’s happened to all of us – you’re on your way out for a night out, and you check your phone to see that your battery is already low. And you just know in the back of your head that it’s going to die before you make it back home. Even if you have a few minutes before you leave, you may be able to get that extra battery percentage you need to send that extra Snapchat.
1. Put your phone into Airplane Mode
Airplane Mode turns off its Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth connections, which is great if you’re taking a flight, but also great because these connections drain your battery. By using Airplane Mode, your phone has pretty much nothing on that’s draining its battery, which means it’ll charge faster.
2. Use your wall charger to charge
If you’re in a need for high power in a hurry, you may want to skip on using your computer’s USB port. By using your wall charger, you’re able to get more power flowing to your battery to charge. This is because USB 2.0 ports limit the amount of power that flows through to your phone, and most wall chargers allow for a higher power than this. When USB 3.0 becomes more of a thing, that may be the better option as the maximum power that flows through will be greatly increased.
3. Use a genuine (or name-brand) charger
The original charger that you got with your phone is the best to use for charging your device in a hurry. Aftermarket chargers don’t allow for as much power to flow through them, which means your phone will charge slower when you need it. There’s also a risk for electrocution and overheating when you’re using no-name aftermarket chargers, so it’s best to stay away from those. This goes for both the USB cable itself and the wall USB plug.
4. Leave your phone alone
It may be tempting to constantly check your phone while it’s on charge, but the best plan is to leave it alone so that you’re not lighting up the screen, wasting previous battery that you’ll need later on. If your phone’s on Airplane Mode, this is easier since you won’t be getting constant messages and alerts.
5. Turn your phone off
To get the maximum charging speed going, you can also turn off your device while it’s charging. The good news is that your phone is doing absolutely nothing to lose battery, but the tradeoff is that you won’t have access to your phone at all during this time. This only works on Android devices – plugging in a turned off iPhone just turns it back on right away.
Or, get a portable battery charger
Although this isn’t a way to charge your phone quicker, it is a way to make sure that your phone doesn’t die while you’re out. These portable battery chargers are relatively inexpensive (you could find one at Best Buy for around $20) and can easily get you through a night out.
They come in various sizes, so depending on what you need, you’ll have something for you. For longer backpacking adventures, a larger one may be suitable since you can get a few charges on your phone after recharging the battery once. However, for a simple night out, a smaller one that fits into your pocket will work perfectly fine.
Some newer Android phones out there support extra-fast charging, which also help considerably during times like this where you need it the most. iPhones are still a bit behind on this, though.