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Charge your Android phone faster

Right when you’re about to leave the house, you get the dreaded low battery alert on your phone. You quickly plug it in only to realize that by the time it’s charged up enough to hit the road, you’ll be more than just a little late.

Perhaps if you don’t use your phone much, or have a brand new device, you won’t run into an issue. But for those using battery draining features like streaming video and GPS navigation, it can take a toll on your battery life. We use smartphones for everything and when they die on us, we feel helpless.

Thankfully, the introduction of rapid chargers has saved us. With significantly reduced charge time, you’ll be back up and running in no time.

About batteries

Batteries keep our devices working while we’re out and about by holding a charge of electricity to power the phone. The bigger the battery, the more power it holds. On that same note, the bigger the device, the more power it may use, depending on the type of use.

As far as battery terminology goes, capacity refers to how much charge it can hold (measured in milliampere-hours, or mAh), amps refers to how much charge a charger can provide, and voltage refers to how quickly that charge is delivered. Watts are the standard measurement for a device’s overall power (how fast and how much charge is delivered).

The typical charger provided to consumers with smartphones puts out 5 watts of power and carries 1 amp of power. Rapid chargers can charge your phone up to four times faster than standard chargers, supporting 2 amps and 12 or more watts.

About quick charge

Quick Charge technology can effectively charge many Android phones up to 80% in 35 minutes. And the upcoming release of Quick Charge 4+, rolling out this year, promises that it will enable five hours of battery life after just five minutes of charging.

Even now, Quick Charge 3.0 offers an optimization feature that helps to charge your phone faster when it’s life has almost run out, thus preventing overheating of the battery, which can damage its lifespan.

Does quick charge damage your phone?

In short, if you use the wrong type of charger for your phone, you run the risk of damaging the battery. The biggest concern is the use of generic or knock-off chargers. Regardless of whether you choose to use a standard charger or a rapid charger, you’ll always need to ensure that the charger you select is certified.

Even when using certified chargers, it’s important to note that using a charger that is not meant specifically for your device may not provide the speed you are looking for. For example, if your phone only supports 1.6 amps and you’re using a 2 amp charger, it won’t charge your phone any faster than the 1.6 amps the phone supports.

How to charge your phone…quick!

Regardless of your phone’s quick charging capabilities, there are still a few ways to speed things up. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your phone’s time spent on the charger.

Plug it straight into the wall

The standard computer USB port provides about half the current than an AC plug. So if you’re hoping to get a fast charge, the wall outlet is your best best.

Use a wireless charging pad

Many phones now support wireless charging, including the use of a faster-charging wireless charging pad. This can’t measure up to the speed of charging via AC wall outlet, but it’s certainly better than a standard wireless alternative.

Upgrade your car charger

Find yourself a car charger that supports more than 1 amp of current to speed things up. Even if your phone doesn’t support quick charge technology, there are a variety of car chargers that still support more than the typical 1 amp.

Use a quick charge portable battery charger

What’s the perfect solution for a dead phone when you’re out and about? A portable charger. Luckily, these are also available in faster varieties.

Upgrade your computer

If you’re in the market for a new computer, keep an eye out for a model with USB 3.0 ports. When you charge your phone with a USB 3.0 cable in a USB 3.0 port, your phone charges faster, provided you have a phone that supports at least 1.5 amps

Tip: Turn your phone on airplane mode to access the full potential of the USB 3.0 technology.

Turn off your phone

All those background apps running on your phone are using power. When the phone is turned off, all the power goes straight to the charge, rather than ensuring that those apps can continue to function.

Reduce the power needed

If you’re in the middle of the workday and turning off your phone simply isn’t an option, make sure to exit out of all apps and lock your screen. Reducing the amount of power needed means your phone can retain the charge it’s receiving.

Keep the battery life you still have

Keep your phone in low power mode to reduce screen resolution, animations and background app refreshing so you can keep as much of the existing battery life as you can. Again, this helps your phone to stop fighting between supplying power to sustain the current activities on the phone and charging up the battery. App background

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