I get it – you’re preparing to start your day when you remember that you didn’t charge your phone last night. So you hurriedly plug it so it can charge as you wrap up a few things before leaving the house. Well, there’s no chance that your phone will take 15 minutes to charge. But your battery always seems to take much longer than usual. So what’s going on? This article explains some common issues that could make your battery take too long to charge.
The first thing that you should suspect in this case is your USB cable. A lot of Android smartphone users are using fake USB cable from China to charge their devices too. USB cables undergo a lot of mistreatment. So even if you’re using the original one, it might still develop issues. Check your USB cable for signs of coiling, twisting and bending that might make it hard for it to maintain a proper connection for a flow-through charge operation. If you find that your cable has got problems, consider replacing it.
Bad power source
Once you’ve checked your USB cable, the next usual culprit is a bad power source. If you’ve plugged your USB cable to a PC or laptop computer, then your phone’s battery will charge insanely slowly – no questions about it. The computer’s USB port was not primarily designed to charge things. But what if you’re into wireless charging? Well, the Qi wireless charging tech is brilliant, but it comes at a cost of speed.
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You want to have your device plugged directly into the mains power at the wall outlet. But even the outlet you’re using could be problematic, in which case you should just try out the next one.
If both your USB cable or power source seem to be just fine, treat your charger as the suspect. Most device manufacturers provide a specific charger for each smartphone. If you’re using a replacement adapter, not from the manufacturer, this can result in mix-match voltage and general powerage. If your original charger failed, get a brand new one from the same manufacturer. It’s that simple.
But even your phone could be the problem. Let’s say you’re still using the Galaxy S2 or some other aged gadget that you purchased nearly a decade ago. Older devices run on older processors, which don’t support fast charging. Furthermore, that aged smartphone you might still be using lacks turbocharging, a feature that’s more common in modern devices (e.g. the Galaxy S6, S7, etc).
Most devices that do support fast charging will show a lightning bolt icon on the charger itself, or somewhere on the phone’s display. Your phone’s microUSB port could also be loose, so check to make sure that it isn’t the cause of the irritatingly slow charging.
Now that you understand the source of your slow battery charging woes, you should let your phone charge without interruptions. For purposes of battery longevity, it helps to have your device charge up to 100% every once in a while.
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