Charging iPhone 4s via PC ONLY?

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  1. coolnitman macrumors member

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    I'm planning to charge my iPhone 4s with PC only. My Wall charger is not working so instead of buying a new one i thought of charging the phone via PC.

    Will it cause any problem to battery or phone ?
     
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68000

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    Charging your iPhone via PC only won't cause any harm to your phone but will probably charge a little slower than it would if plugged in to an outlet.
     
  3. vastoholic macrumors 68000

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    Shouldn't be a problem at all.
     
  4. Spectrum Abuser, Jan 1, 2013
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    No. Your charging rate will be slower, though. A USB 2 port can only provide 500mAh.
     
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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  6. 1080p macrumors 68020

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    2007 and newer have higher power output via USB on supported devices...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4049?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     
  7. coolnitman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks evry1 :cool:..
    It doesn't matter to me how much time it will take for charging just wanted to know whether its safe to do it all time or not.
     
  8. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    the way i read the title was he was using the generic term for any kind of personal computer, not specifically an IBM compatible machine.

    with that said, as stated, if he is using a non-mac, USB 2.0, yes it will charge slower but wont effect the battery in any negative way.
     
  10. 1080p macrumors 68020

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    Yes, but I was responding to the statement, "A USB port can only provide 500 mAh...."

    Simply not true. And a Mac is a Personal Computer.
     
  11. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    Fair.
     
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  13. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    That is how I charge my iPhone 5. The frigging cables are so expensive I just haul my laptop (with USB 3.0 ports) to work and keep an iPhone 5 cable in my backpack. Charges my iPhone almost as fast as a wall charger (USB 3.0 ports are 900mAh at least).

    Yeah, just for fun I plugged it into my USB 2.0 port and it charged a lot slower but since it stayed plugged in during my work day, I didn't even notice it.
     
  14. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I'm a little confused. The phone is designed to be charged on a computer. The cable is a USB that plugs into a charger for the wall. In what possible way could this be bad for your phone? It's like asking if it will hurt your car to add gas out of a can instead of a pump, just stop and think a second about the whole thing.
     
  15. jkauff macrumors member

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    Asus has a little utility program for Windows (not sure about Mac) called AI Charger that works on any machine. When a chargeable device is connected, it boosts the charging function of the USB port to max. I never charge my phone at the wall.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Nehalem

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    It will be fine but you know you can get those wall charging plugs for like $1-2 each online right?

    I love that little tweak.
     

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