iPhones for all their glorious exterior can be a bit of a pain due to their relatively poor battery management. If you use plenty of 3G on your iPhone and have tons of apps installed and running, seeing the red in the battery bar before the day has run out would be a familiar site. Add in, if you have an evening engagement, and you are in a twist as you rapidly need to go towards the 100% battery mark, because obviously your life without your iPhone is perhaps worse off than earth without oxygen or water. As a result to help you quickly refill your iPhone with juice, here are five tips that you might want to use for a faster charging.
Put your iPhone into Airplane Mode and plug it
Putting your iPhone into Airplane mode cuts off all the wireless connections on your device while it charges up. This is helpful as your iPhone is not engaging the radios which take up a bulk of the battery consumption. It is advisable to completely let the iPhone be and charge peacefully. We were able to extract as high as 30% battery while charging the device in Airplane mode in about 13 minutes of time. This obviously depends upon where have you connected your iPhone, but the rule of the thumb says that if you have an iPhone in Airplane Mode vs an iPhone with radios functional, the former will charge faster.
Remove the Cover that you have on your phone before putting it to charge
Some of the phone covers that you use are bound to cover the vents on the iPhone. As most of these covers are either Silicon or Rubber, they are poor conductors of heat. As a result, your iPhone, which would obviously get hot when connected to a power source, will not be able to effectively dissipate the heat to its surroundings and the temperature would go higher than normal. This affects the charging of the phone and there is a possibility that the device could get too hot and disables charging all together. When you are walking on borrowed time, the last thing you would want to see is your iPhone saying it is too hot to carry on charging, so as a precaution, it is best to take any cover you may have on your iPhone off before charging.
Use the Power Brick and not the USB/ Car Charger
The quickest way of charging the iPhone is by connecting it with the Apple power brick that came with the device and the lightening or 30 pin connector with your AC supplies. While you may be tempted to plug the USB into your computer, avoid it as charging is always slower over USB. Some modern ports are able to definitely charge the device faster than the others, but if you have an ancient PC, or one with low power out to the USB, your iPhone will take longer than normal and this is not very good for the battery longevity of the device either.
If you have an iPad Power Brick use it
If you are in real hurry to go, and have an iPad at home, you may use the power brick of the iPad instead of the one that came in bundled with your iPhone. The reason for that is the iPad power brick is rated at 12W while the original iPhone charger is merely rated at 5W. This may not be good for the health of the battery in the long term, but for one or two recharge cycles, there is nothing to worry about. In fact, we use the power brick of the iPad Air with the iPhone 5s every once in a while, and whenever we do use them, the device does get juiced up noticeably faster.
If you must use a USB port, use a Mac and not Windows PC with the original Apple cable
If power outlets are an issue and you must connect your iPhone to a computer for charging, you are better off connecting to a Mac than a Windows PC. The reason for that is, newer Macs have the capability of detecting your iPhone when they are connected to the USB and then substantially increasing the current to USB to 1.1 amps which would help speed the charging up. It is imperative that you use an Apple provided lightening or 30 pin connector as we were unable to utilize the full power of our USB port on Macbook while using a third party cable as it went undetected.
So, those were some of the tips that you could put into use to help you with faster charging of the iPhone battery. Is there any tip we have missed out on that you use regularly? Do let us know in the comments section below.