Thursday, January 22, 2015

Is it right to use any charger to charge your smart phone?

You have bought iPhone, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy and a couple of tablets as well. Over the time, you have just stocked up a lot of USB chargers. Will you use the iPhone charger to charge iPad or plug the charger of smart phones of brand for another? Is that right to do so? Have you ever asked yourself such question, ‘Can I use any of the charger for different devices?’

In the past when the mobile devices have not been so diversified, the chargers were still vastly different. We may need to have a check of the output voltage of the charger so that it can just matched the output of the devices we used. The wrong charger may lead to the damage to the charger and the digital gadget as well.

For solving the difference of phone chargers, manufacturers then settled on a standard for USB charging. Almost all of the smart phones or other devices come with USB charger that can be interchangeably used. That just allows us to use any of the USB chargers included with the phone or tablet with any other phone or tablet made after 2007.

If you think all of the chargers are now created equally, you would still need to know more. We all know we need to pick the right charger with the right amperage. Actually, we can use chargers of higher amperage to get the phone charged up in less time than it would if we charge it via USB or we use the charger that came with the phone.

For example, we need to charge an iPad mini. The iPad mini charger delivers 10 watts (5.1 volts at 2100 mA). We can use a lightning connector plugged into a computer via USB, which delivers 2.5 watts of power (5 volts at 500mA) or an iPhone charger connected to a wall socket 5 Watts (5 volts at 1000 mA) to charge the iPad. But the charging time can be longer than if we use the iPad charger. Conversely, we can charge our iPhone very fast if we use the iPad charger.

It is really the amperage that decides how fast a charger will deliver power to our devices. For faster charging, choose a wall charger or car charger that can supply 2100 mA of current at 5 volts.

Still some questions here:

Is it right to use a USB port to charge without a plug in charger? Yes, we can plug our device into any USB port and the device will charge just fine.

Is it right to use a third-party charger with my phone? Yes and just be careful not to buy anything too cheap. Get those well known brand names which perform better and are much safer to use.

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