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

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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29 Comments

1. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

12. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

26. wilsong17 unregistered

funny story that happen to me

28. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

don't be M. Nighting the story man lol

27. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

3. tyger11

Posts: 284; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

21. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

4. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

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

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

24. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

6. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

7. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

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

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Lumia 1520 3400mAh battery:)

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

22. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

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

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Exactly lol.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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. :)

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

9. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Lunch on monday night? :/

13. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

25. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

30. Griggz187

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

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

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