How to charge your smartphone faster
Complaining about your smartphone's short battery life or the amount of time it takes to charge up are classic examples of the first world problems that can result in impatience and mild irritability.
While we've previously looked at ways in which you can improve your smartphone's battery life, we're now taking a look at how you can make the darn thing charge a bit faster.
There's no secret sauce, unfortunately, but there are a few tips and tricks you can employ to get your cell's battery from flat to full in less time. Have a read of our suggestions below.
Turn It Off
If you want your smartphone to charge faster, anecdotal evidence suggests turning it off - so it's not using any power while it's juicing up - will cut down charge times.
If you don't want to hit the power button, then putting your handset in "Airplane Mode" (from the "Settings" menu) will stop your phone looking for cellular and Wi-Fi signals and can speed up the process.
At the very least, try not to use your phone while it's on charge. Lock the screen by hitting the sleep/wake button on the top right of your handset to give it a break while it recharges.
Use a Wall Charger
Your smartphone will charge fastest from a power outlet, rather than via a USB port. Apple's official advice "for the quickest charge" is to "connect the device to a power outlet using the USB cable that came with the device and an Apple USB power adapter."
Keep It Cool
Did you know that a battery's ability to hold a charge is significantly degraded by extreme temperatures?
Apple states that "heat will degrade your battery's performance the most" and advises that you "keep your smartphone out of the sun or a hot car (including the glove box)."
Certain cases and covers that trap heat can also be problematic. If your smartphone gets hot while you charge it in a case, then you should notice a difference if you remove it prior to charging.
The official advice is to keep your smartphone as near room temperature (22 degrees Centigrade or 72 degrees Farenheit) as possible.
Speed Up USB Charges
If USB charging is your only option, there are ways to speed this process up.
If you're looking for a fast charge, don't sync your smartphone at the same time. It's also advisable to remove all other USB devices that might be drawing power.
Don't let your computer go into standby or hibernation mode while you're trying to juice up your phone. This might actually drain your handset's power, and could stop the charging process, in some cases