Did that low battery light start showing just when you’re about to leave the house? Don’t worry, this article highlights some easy tips that’ll help you reduce the time it takes
to charge your device so that at least, you’ll have some juice before you go out.
Use airplane mode or switch it off altogether
This is pure, simple logic, and you probably already do it to give your smartphone’s charging a turbo-boost. When your device is in airplane mode (or switched off), it doesn’t have to keep looking for Wi-Fi networks. Same way, it won’t hop on a 4G network or mask it’s GPS location. The battery has nothing left to do other than charge. The only disadvantage when you turn on airplane mode instead of switching off the device is that the screen will still drain a lot of power from your battery.
But what if you are worried someone might call you? If this is the case, don’t worry. Simply go to settings and turn off everything else other than the cellular connection. Also, reduce the brightness of your screen so that it draws minimum power when the battery is charging. Most Android phones have a power-saving or ‘ultra’ mode that turns off common apps and keeps your device operating at a bare minimum.
Use the right adapter and cable
The adapter+cable combination you’re using can make all the difference. There’s no understating this point. The original power adapter that came with your device is what you need to be using. And if it gets lost or damaged somewhere along the way, you should get an original replacement from an authorized shop. Keep in mind that different chargers have different amperage, and this definitely affects how fast they unleash the charging action.
Use a wall plug point
Ditch the USB charging from your home or office computer, and plug in directly to a wall outlet. Most USB ports can charge at a maximum of 0.5A, which means it’s going to take a lot of time compared to a plug point that charges at 1A. Even the most recent USB 3.0 ports will charge at a maximum of 0.9A.
Do away with the covers
Remove the covers and casings, and find a cool place to charge your device. Keep in mind that the cooler a battery is, the better. The healthier your battery is, the faster it’s going to charge. Removing the casings help keep temperatures at room or lower.
These tips should help you get some quick juice before you leave your home or office. Furthermore, keep in mind that most smartphones use Li-ion batteries. It’s recommended that you go for partial discharge cycles (rather than a full discharge) and then do a full discharge at least once monthly. Avoid discharging from 100% to 0 regularly, as this could have a negative impact on the health of your battery.