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How to charge your smartphone or tablet battery up to 50% faster

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How to charge your smartphone or tablet battery up to 50% faster
Uh oh. You forgot all about your the lunch date you made with your wife, who is supposed to meet you at the swanky Chock Full O' Nuts near 5th avenue in Manhattan in about 30 minutes. The problem is, your smartphone's battery is already in Zombie territory and you need to be reachable outside of the office in case there is a change in the Smedley contract that needs to be reviewed.

The first thing you're thinking about is that darn Smedley. He's always making changes to his contract. You start wondering if you can postpone the lunch, but considering that it is Monday night, you don't want to do anything that might jeopardize what you have planned for after Jay Leno. Well, perhaps you could get enough of a charge out of your battery for the little time you have left before you have to take that elevator down 50 stories, facing the lunchtime mob. The good news is that there is a very simple way to charge your smartphone and tablet up to 50% faster.

Consider that the power generated from the cell in your phone or tablet is going to feed a hungry bunch of radios, each demanding to be fed with nutritious power. If somehow you can easily shutdown all of the radios on your device, you could recharge it as much as 50% faster. So here is the solution. It's simple and if you have never thought of it yourself, you will wonder why. By turning on the Airplane mode and then plugging in your phone or tablet, you can quickly generate enough battery life in a short period of time so that you won't have to worry about your handset going belly up when you're out. In our fictional little story, it will give our hero the chance to meet his wife for lunch in time to keep her in good spirits, while recharging his device enough to keep it on throughout lunch in case Smedley does his thing.

The only downside to this is that while your phone is in Airplane mode, the radios are off which means you won't be able to make or take calls. But heck, that is what landlines are for.

source: RedmondPie

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posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:10 13

1. dratomic (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i think ill turn it off instead of airplane mode. it charges more in same period

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 02:16 20

12. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Plot twist: You left Airplane mode ON all day and only realized it before heading to bed.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:56

26. wilsong17 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


funny story that happen to me

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:28 2

28. bwhiting (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


don't be M. Nighting the story man lol

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:23

27. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


wrong! because even if you turned it off the processor is still working in the background

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:11 19

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Or better turn the device off and then charge it. Because not only radios are power hungry, but screens and cpu/gpu are too.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:14 2

3. tyger11 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


This advice should be pretty obvious, but something that many people don't know about is that the charger you use can make a big difference. If you get a wall charger to USB adapter, you can charge your devices much faster; you need to verify the specs of the charger/adapter. I got one that supplies a full 2.1 Amps, and it charges very fast. Combine that with putting my phone in airplane mode (or just turning it off all the way for fastest), and you're good to go.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 07:01

16. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"you need to verify the specs of the charger/adapter. I got one that supplies a full 2.1 Amps,"

I agree, I always look at the specs of the charger now. Good advice.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:29

19. Slammer (Posts: 1121; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


It's not a good idea to use a charger not authorized by the manufacturer. Engineered output of the charger determines proper charging of the battery. Rapid charging is one of the worst enemies of batteries. With more and more batteries not being easily accessible, premature death will resort to having to go to a service center for repair. Guess who pays?

John B.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:32

21. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


For a quick charge ... I always use my iPad charger. With that being said, devices will only only use the extra juice to a point as they have built in limits in the device itself to only draw some much.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:16

4. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


or just turn the device off and get even better results.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:38 8

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why was the answer in the third paragraph? This is poor journalism imo.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:09 2

24. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I was thinking the same thing. This site is synonymous with poor journalism in general.

Seriously though.. this could have been a 1/2 paragraph article. For the love of all that is holy.. don't start prefacing all your articles with stories!

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 23:43

6. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 210; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Or get an external battery pack. Something in the neighborhood of 3,000 mAh should be plenty for most people should you need a quick charge.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:17 1

7. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


No Way, Solutions??? = Don't Use Your Phone, Or Buy Baterry Acessories Like Zerolemon With Galaxy SIII Or Galaxy Note III With Mugen :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:55 1

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just go get your WP device, pull your pants up, and quit pissing on yourself already... Spectrums❔.. Really❔ With no perspective❔

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 01:32 5

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


No WP device outlasts a high end Android flagship. Thanks for trying to promote WP but you failed.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 03:19 3

14. lalalaman (Posts: 387; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lumia 1520
3400mAh battery:)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:03

18. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ah...so its like in Android land....gotta do your homework for a decent overall WP experience.....

Good to know. Because before the 1520 PapaSmurf woulda been right.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:30

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment still stands. Moto Maxx and Note 3 have the longest batteries with the 1520 right behind them.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:49 1

22. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Bigger battery doesn't necessarily mean better battery life...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:58

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Exactly lol.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 06:41

29. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I know. I looked up the rated talk times and stand by times for the 1520.

And there are more than 2 high end Android flagship phones.

:)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:39 1

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice option instead of turning off the phone. Thanks Alan.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 00:39 2

9. aditya.k (Posts: 482; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Lunch on monday night? :/

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 02:41 3

13. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


charge your phone 75% faster. Skip to half way through the article and start reading from paragraph 3 as the first half has nothing to with anything.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 07:03 1

17. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


It should be common sense tho for those of us that knows what Airplane Mode is for. Like try charging a phone while using GPS......it might still die in the middle of charging. I tried to charge my Vita while playing it.....didnt really budge.

Charging while in Airplane Mode is some good advice.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:52 1

25. HildyJ (Posts: 178; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


People seem to forget what radios they have and why they have them. Instead of switching all of them off, turn off your WiFi (and GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth) and switch your phone to 2G. This keeps the phone on and uses almost no battery. If you're on a WiFi network, keeping LTE and 3G off will greatly extend your battery life.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 01:36

30. Griggz187 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


Wow,you turned a 4 word answer (Turn airplane mode on) into a freaking essay.

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