How to Charge Your iPhone Faster?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by blake.ande, May 12, 2016.

  1. blake.ande macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2016
    How to Charge Your iPhone Faster?

    One of the things we’ve to do on a regular basis is charge our iPhones, which can be quite a time-consuming process.

    Please note* "It has become a daily ritual to charge our devices overnight. But there are times when we end up forgetting to do it, only to realize that we’ve limited amount of time to charge our device before we head out. Here are some tips that will come in handy in such situations."

    • Charge your iPhone directly with a dedicated charger
    One of the most common ways to charge your device is by connecting it to your computer via a USB cable. But it is not the most efficient way to charge your iPhone or iPad.

    A USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 port is capable of delivering up to 0.5A. MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs after 2012 come with USB 3.0 ports, which are capable of delivering 0.9A. However, your iPhone comes with a charger capable of delivering 1A, so you’re better off plugging your iPhone into the dedicated charger rather than connecting it to a USB port.

    However, note that there is an exception, the USB-C port in the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, supports up to 3A.

    • Use an iPad Charger
    The iPad charger delivers 2.1A (12W), which charges the iPhone a lot faster than its 1A (5W) charger.


    I’ve been doing this every since Apple started shipping a more powerful charger with the iPad and haven’t faced any issue. The iPhone just draws as much power as it can handle from the charger.

    The iPhone 6 Plus can be charged fully in approximately 2 hours 30 mins using an iPad charger, whereas it can take more than 3 hours 45 mins using the charger that ships with the iPhone

    • Use Apple’s Lightning to USB Cable or Charger

    For the best results, it is advisable to use the Lightning to USB cable and charger that comes with the iPhone or use an Apple-certified ones. The wrong cable or chargers can slow down charging speed. Fake chargers deliver only half the power in some cases. This means that fake chargers would take twice as much time to fully recharge your iPhone.

    • Don’t use your iPhone while charging
    This one goes without saying, but if you use the iPhone while charging then it will consume power and slow down the charging process. Some people recommend putting the device in Airplane mode (airplane mode to charge up to 1.75 times faster) as it turns off cellular and Wi-Fi radios. It is a good idea in an emergency, but it comes at the cost of not being reachable.

    That’s all. Let’s hope that the next generation iPhones and iPads come with feature like “Quick Charge” or similar technology that allow us to charge our iPhones a lot quicker.
  2. Cassie2015 macrumors member


    May 10, 2016
    United States
    Thanks for sharing your good idea, I have tested that if you don't use your iPhone while charging, it will charge fast and the power can sustain long time...
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Another thing is that at best this applies to iPhones that are 6 or later.
  4. kkkace macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    Thanks for sharing your idea. In my opinion Power bank charging is a faster way. There are 2.1A or even a higher charging port on it.
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    That's not much different than using a higher capacity charger like the iPad one for example.
  6. kkkace macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    Yeah. But they may not have a Ipad charger though. So that's why i prefer a power bank
  7. kkkace macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2016
    Anyway it's unsafe to use the phone while it's charging. It would resulted in explosion even if it's iphone
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Yeah... That's not really the case.
  9. TheCo13 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2016
    Solid proof? Please cite your sources. I've been using my phones while charging and not and exploded.
    Battery life might worsen but I don't think it's gonna explode. Prove me wrong though.

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