HOW TO CHARGE YOUR MOBILE PHONE FASTER
Having to charge your phone constantly is frustrating. If your usage is above average, it’s unlikely your handset can make it throughout the day without a top-up of power in the early evening.
Sadly, the twice-daily charging routine shows no sign of dying off anytime soon. As for battery capacity increases, so does the power drawn from apps and the ever-evolving operating system. It’s a stalemate
1. Enable Airplane Mode
One of the biggest draws on your battery is the network signal. As a general rule, the worse your signal, the faster your battery will drain.
Consequently, if you live in an area with a poor signal, charging your phone takes longer than if you reside in a place with a strong signal — the signal is eating through your power as you charge.
The quick solution? Put your phone in Airplane Mode before you plug it in. Testing suggests it could reduce the amount of time needed for a full charge by as much as 25 percent.
2. Turn Your Phone Off
Simple, obvious, but often overlooked. If your phone is turned off while it’s repowering, it’s going to charge a lot faster. Nothing will be drawing on the battery while you fill it up.
3. Use a Wall Socket
Using a USB port on your computer or in your car leads to a much more inefficient charging experience.
Typically, non-wall socket USB ports only offer a power output of 0.5A. Wall socket charging will usually give you 1A (depending on your device). There’s nothing wrong with receiving a lower amperage — it won’t harm your device — but you’ll definitely be twiddling your thumbs for a lot longer.
And, make sure that you have a safe charging device by checking out these tips:
4. Buy a Power Bank
If you need to recharge your phone while you’re on the go — for example if you’re often out traveling all day — a power bank can be a lifesaver.
Many power banks offer the same amperage output as a wall socket, and in some cases, even more. But a word of warning, while your phone might charge faster with a two-amp output, you need to make sure your USB cable can handle the extra power.
Amazon is packed with inexpensive but good-quality power banks. Check out the JENTXON offering (above). It’ll only set you back $29, but it comes with a two-amp output and 20,000mAh — enough to charge your phone several times over.
5. Remove Your Phone’s Case
All smartphones currently rely on lithium-ion batteries. The chemistry behind the way they work dictates that the charging process works much more efficiently when the battery is cool.
For optimal charging, the battery temperature (not the air temperature) should be between 41 and 113 F (5 and 45 C). Obviously, the battery temperature is in part controlled by the ambient surrounding temperature, and removing your case will help lower it.
And in case you’re thinking of putting your phone in the fridge to repower: don’t. The efficiency drop-off is even more severe at temperatures below the ideal range.
6. Use a High-Quality Cable
The difference in quality between the two cables can be vast.
Inside your single charging cable are four individual cables — red, green, white, and black. The white and green cables are for data transfer, the red and black ones are for charging. The number of amps the two charging cables can carry is determined by their size. A standard 28-gauge cable can carry around 0.5 amps; a larger 24-gauge cable can carry two amps