In today’s busy world we don’t have time to be waiting around for your phone or device to charge! Charging speeds have been steadily increasing over the years however, so has battery size. So what’s the best way to increase the speed of your charging?
So first off, the ultimate way to charge your device at the fastest possible speed is to turn it off while charging! Yet, this isn’t the most practical way to charge, especially if you need to interact with your device in the meantime.
Phones and other USB powered smart devices use an array of different technology and sensors in them which consume power. Sometimes deactivating these, is a simple solution for getting high charging speeds from your power bank or wall charger.
Both power banks and USB wall chargers will most certainly use a cable connected to them to power your device (unless you’re using wireless charging). Below are things to consider when buying the best charger for your needs:
- Cable quality is important; Using a cable that can match the output speed of your charger is essential, using a cheaper cable can sometimes cause a bottleneck in charging speeds.
- The length of the cable matters; As power travels over longer distances it weakens.
- Power loss is inevitable; Unfortunately, power loss is nearly always going to happen. Most charging products are never 100% efficient and you can lose 10% due to heat dissipation. For example, if you purchase an 8000mAh power bank, more than likely you’ll only get 7200mAh charging from it due to loss during power transfer.
Using a few simple method with your smartphone or tablet PC can help decrease the amount of time you’ll spend charging it. Below are some methods you can use with smart devices to increase your charging speed.
- Check for background apps running on your phone. Background apps can drain your phone’s battery even when the screen is turned off, this will reduce the charge from the power bank as your phone will be consuming battery as the power bank recharges. To increase the battery charge, turn off any background apps or set apps to sleep when your phone is turned off.
- Turn off wifi when the screen is off. Some phones have an option to disable background wifi when the screen is off, this will reduce the drain on your battery while charging.
- Turn off Bluetooth, like wifi Bluetooth which operates in the background can also reduce the charge. It’s recommended to turn this off when not in use.
- Switch your phone into battery saving mode while charging, this will increase the amount of charge you will get from your power bank and also increase the charging speed.
- If you really need a fast charge and don’t immediately need to use your phone, turn your phone off while charging. This is the fastest method to charge a phone as there will be no power dissipation while your phone is charging.