If you’ve ever been running late, but been forced to wait for your phone battery to charge up, we’ve got some great tips to cut the charging time of your smartphone.
USE A TABLET CHARGER, OR A CHARGER WITH A FASTER OUTPUT
The normal output of the wall charger that came with your phone is 1.1 amps. That might sound technical, but it’s just a measure of how fast the charger can get electricity into the phone’s battery. Tablet chargers are often much faster, over 2 amps, as their batteries are larger, but manufactures don’t want you waiting longer for them to be fully charged. You can also get chargers with larger amp outputs. Both will give you a much shorter charge time.
TURN WI-FI AND 3G OFF
When our phone is charging, turning off the features you’re not using will let the phone use less power. The less power it’s using, the faster the battery will get up to that magical 100%.
TURN ON THE BATTERY SAVING MODE
Lots of phones now have battery saving modes. When they’re turned on the phone is using less power, so charging is much faster.
TURN THE PHONE TO AIRPLANE MODE
One of the best things to do is flick your phone into airplane mode. This turns off the antenna on the phone, so it won’t get texts or calls. It also means it’s not constantly searching for reception, so the battery isn’t having to use up some of the power it’s being fed from the charger, so it’ll finish charging sooner.
TURN THE PHONE OFF COMPLETELY
Of course, the best power saving mode is when the phone’s powered off. If you don’t need to use it while you’re getting ready in the morning, just hit the power button. It’ll be charged much, much faster.
DON’T TURN THE SCREEN ON, EVEN IF YOU’RE WAITING FOR A CALL
Chances are though that you’re waiting for a call or a text, and just want to get as much power into your phone as possible before you need to rush out. Even if you’re waiting for a message, try not to keep checking your phone, just put the ringer on loud. The screen is the biggest power draw on the phone, so if you keep turning the screen on, the charging time will get longer and longer. If you have to check, turn the brightness down to minimise power drain.
DON’T CHARGE FROM A USB PORT OR CAR CHARGER
Both of these ways of charging are quite slow. Remember earlier we said most wall chargers are 1.1 amps? Well USB and car chargers are normally around 0.5 amps, so they’ll charge your phone around half as fast.
USE MAC’S USB IF YOU HAVE TO USE A USB PORT
There’s an exception to every rule though. A Mac’s USB port can recognise when you plug in an iPhone or an iPad via a USB cable. It’ll up the power output to 1.1 amps, so you’ll get charge times that are similar to a wall charger with these devices.