How to charge your phone with low battery?

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I have an iPhone 6 and I am used to charge my phone with a power bank. Undoubtedly, a power bank is really helpful especially when I go out and my phone is going to die. You know, without iPhone, few people can live happily, haha~ Recently, I see my friends starting to use battery case. Maybe battery + case will be more accurate. It is amazing. It can charge your phone as well as protect it.

So, everybody here who has use smartphones frequently, how do you charge your phone?
1. use household socket
2. use a power bank
3. use a battery case
4. others (like power inverter if you want to charge in a car)
 

Newtons Apple

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Are you on your phone so much that a full charge overnight does not last the whole day?

Never used one of the power banks, never needed one. Could be that your device is needing a new battery.

I consider myself a moderate user and handle multiple calls, texts and emails for my company and seldom use more than 70% on my iPhone but then it is a 7+. I do not do social media and that is likely what is using most of your battery.
 
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External battery when traveling...

@Newtons Apple, my wife uses her phone to take a lot of photos and to help get us around in Europe, so it drains pretty fast. It is an iPhone 7, so not that old.

I have had friends with those cases, but they are generally pretty heavy and not all that nice looking.
 

Newtons Apple

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External battery when traveling...

@Newtons Apple, my wife uses her phone to take a lot of photos and to help get us around in Europe, so it drains pretty fast. It is an iPhone 7, so not that old.

I have had friends with those cases, but they are generally pretty heavy and not all that nice looking.
Yep, these devices do add bulk to your phone. For those who need them, they have that option. Not saying they do not have their place. I suspect not doing social media saves much of my battery.
 
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daflake

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Yep, these devices do add bulk to your phone. For those who need them, they have that option. Not saying they do not have their place. I suspect not doing social media saves much of my battery.
Probably does... If I just use my phone for calls and e-mail, it will easily go all day. As soon as I start taking photos and using GPS apps or social media it starts to drain a lot faster. It will also drain faster if you are in a location (hilly German woods) where you can't get a decent signal and the phone continues to look for one.
 
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eyoungren

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My phone gets plugged into a lightning cable which is plugged into a USB adapter each night.

It sits with the screen on as my nightstand alarm clock. I get up at 5:30am and go to bed around 11pm to midnight. Never less than a 70% charge when plugged back in for the night.

But I use my phone as a phone and my other devices for their intended purposes. I'm not playing games or watching video on my phone all day.
 

BigMcGuire

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So, everybody here who has use smartphones frequently, how do you charge your phone?
1. use household socket
2. use a power bank
3. use a battery case
4. others (like power inverter if you want to charge in a car)
I used to leave my phone plugged in all day/all night to a wall socket. Now I use an Anker 6 port 60watt hub at work to charge my 20,000 mAh, 16,000 mAh, and 3,200 Anker battery bricks. In the summer I use an Anker 21 watt solar panel to charge my bricks in the work parking lot outside my office window (put the panel on top of the car roof, 6 ft cable to battery under car seat to the battery with window open to reduce heat). My wife has a 13,000 mAh Anker brick she uses at college - we charge that a few times a week at home with our 2 port 24watt Anker charger next to her bed or I'll give her one of my bricks while I charge hers in my car with the solar panels.

(Yes, I'm a huge Anker fan - I've used many many batteries and Anker seems the highest quality and longest lasting (charge cycles)).

Now that I have an iPad Air 2 my iPhone 6s+ sees a lot less usage meaning I have to charge it a lot less - so I don't plug it in at night anymore or during the day. My iPad Air 2's battery lasts forever.... for frigging ever.

So now, most of my devices are charged via battery bank when they need it - or I'll top them off with the wall socket at work in the morning if I'm too lazy to use the solar panels in the parking lot. I try to keep my draw from the grid at its lowest during peak usage (http://www.caiso.com/Pages/Today's-Outlook-Details.aspx) - figure that's one great way to be "environmentally" friendly.

I carry my lipstick 3,200 mAh Anker battery with me in my backpack. That keeps me going easily for a day or more. If I have long trips I'll take the 20,000 mAh brick and that'll last me a week easily (assuming I don't watch too many videos). The 16,000 mAh sits at home and charges our devices when I see they need a charge.
 

Shadowbech

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So, everybody here who has use smartphones frequently, how do you charge your phone?
1. use household socket
2. use a power bank
3. use a battery case
4. others (like power inverter if you want to charge in a car)
I mainly use #1. Even at work I use the socket at work. Being that I have the 7 Plus, I have no need to carry a brick of power bank as I'm not a heavy user and battery lasts me 3 days easily and I just plug it in when I'm at work or at home. I never charge my phone overnight. If I travel then I will carry the Powercore 26800mAh Portable Charger by Anker.
 
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dwfaust

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I have an Anker PowerCore (20100 mAh) that I carry in my "go bag". The overnight charge on my iPhone 7+ gets me through the day quite easily most days... but I always carry my PowerCore in my bag... it's incredibly easy and handy to use when necessary, especially when traveling. I also have car chargers in both cars, though I rarely need them. It's just nice to know that I have options when I need to "top off" my phone.
 
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Devyn89

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I mainly use my alarm clock to charge my iPad and iPhone. Most nights my iPhone gets charged but not all the time. I also occasionally use my iPad charger to charge my iPhone if I'm out at friends for the night or even more occasionally my 20,000 MaH battery pack.
 
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