Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quick-Charge your phone

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Today, we’re going to show you how to charge your Android’s battery to 100% as quickly as possible:

Turn your phone off

You probably already know this tip, but turning your phone off (or enabling airplane mode) is an easy and effective way to reduce charging time. The reason is simple: your phone burns a lot of battery when it’s connected to Wi-Fi or mobile networks. Disabling that connection reduces outgoing battery life.

Don’t charge using your computer’s USB port

Ever wonder why your phone seems to charge more slowly on some electrical outlets or ports? You’re not crazy – there’s a good reason for it, and that reason is USB. USB 2.0 ports output 0.5 amps of energy while USB 3.0 ports output 0.9 amps of energy. When you charge via a traditional electrical outlet, you can receive anywhere from 1 to 2 amps of energy. The more amps you send to your phone’s battery, the faster it will charge. 1 to 2 amps of power may not seem like a lot, but 2 amps is four times as much power as you’ll get from USB 2.0, which roughly translates to 4 times faster charging times.

Avoid low-quality chargers from third-party manufacturers

Avoid using third-party chargers or other unsupported chargers. This tip is obvious, but it needs to be said. In some cases, third-party chargers aren’t as efficient. They may be poorly designed or use lower-quality materials. In some cases, they can even pose a fire risk. Use the charger that came with your Android.

Use more powerful chargers

Here’s a tip many people aren’t aware of: your smartphone charges faster when connected to a tablet charger than to a smartphone charger. The reason is simple: different chargers draw different amperages. A tablet requires more juice, which is why it draws more amperage. If you have a charger for your Android tablet, try using it on your Android smartphone and see how quickly it charges. You can also buy third-party charges designed for higher amperages that will charge your device more quickly.

Charging an iPad or iPhone? Use your Mac’s USB port

Yes, I know this is an Android site, but let’s talk about Apple for a second. It’s no secret that Apple devices work well together. In fact, as we recently learned, Apple deliberately designs its devices to arbitrarily work better with iDevices than Android devices. If you use a Mac and an iPhone or iPad, you’ll receive 1.1 amps of power when charging your iDevices via your Mac’s USB port. The Mac automatically detects the iDevice and cranks er into overdrive. Or something like that.