iPhone Battery Chargers. Fast vs Trickle, Here’s What You Should Know
The battery found on your iOS device has been designed to use a combination of fast and trickle charging. In doing so, the company claims charging should be easier than ever before on mobile devices. Unfortunately, Apple continues to include an old school 5W USB-A charger with each iPhone rather than something that could provide a quicker charge. Because of this, many look to popular third-party chargers to get the job done.
Not all chargers are alike with some emphasizing fast charging and others trickle charging. In this article, you’ll learn more about the two. From there, we’ll highlight some popular third-party chargers.
Fast Charging vs. Trickle Charging
With fast charging, the battery on your device charges quickly until it reaches 80 percent. Factors like temperature and whether you’re using the device during charging can affect how long it takes for the battery to reach that percentage. Limiting fast-charging to the 80 percent threshold is supposed to maximize the lifespan of your device battery while also cutting down on the amount of time it takes for the device to get a nearly full charge.
What about trickle charging? The final 20 percent of charging has been designed to ease the electrical current to extend the battery lifespan. Trickle charging also limits the possibility of fire or explosion since it allows the battery on your phone to avoid overheating.
Are there problems with fast charging your iPhone?
There are two issues here. First, many now believe that fast-charging will wear down a battery faster because of the amount of power being crammed into the battery. Because of this, some are now recommending charging your device overnight with a trickle charger (such as the one provided by Apple) and using a fast-charger during the day.
The reason? Many of these types of chargers now on the market use an intelligent design that only fast charge up to certain temperatures.
From there, charging slows down until the temperature drops to a more comfortable level, thereby extended the life of the battery.
Chargers We Recommend
Here are some chargers available now that we recommended for the reasons stated below:
Sticking With Apple for Trickle Charging
It’s embarrassing that Apple ships a 5W USB-A charger with each iPhone it sells, given just how powerful these smartphones have become (and how expensive they are to buy.) Recently, the rumor mill reported that Apple plans on continuing to ship a 5W charger with the 2019 iPhones. Luckily, there are plenty of native and third-party chargers you can purchase to speed things up.
Apple also canceled the rumored AirPower charging system adding woes to user experience.
In 2018, Apple elected to switch from Lightning to USB-C for its lineup of iPad Pro models. In doing so, it launched USB-C wall chargers that also work with iPhones. The only requirement is you must also purchase a USB‑C to Lightning Cable.
To date, Apple offers an 18W and 30W USB-C Power Adapter; both provide similar, but quicker charging, like the 5W charger.
Apple also offers Smart battery cases for many of its iPhone models, including the iPhone 11 Series and X Series. These are best described as providing trickle charging.
Recommended iPhone Fast Chargers and Battery Banks
You can find fast chargers that are battery packs and wall plugs. Here are a few we recommended:
Aukey makes some terrific charging products including the Ultra Compact Dual Port 2.4A Output and Foldable Plug. Priced at around 10, the plug uses adaptive charging for all 5V USB-powered devices at up to 2.4A.
The company also makes an impressive car charger that gets the job done.
What we like is that it includes a built-in safeguard to protect your devices against excessive current, overheating, and overcharging.
Battery Bank Solution for your Apple devices
If you’re looking for a battery bank solution, consider the PowerCore Lite 10000 by Anker, which is a lightweight, compact 10000mAh portable charger that uses the company’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoast to provide a fast charge. This power bank can not only power your iPhone but also other phones such as Samsung ( For the holdouts in your family or friends circle).
If you’re looking for something with even more capacity, consider the USB C Power Bank RAVPower 26800mAh PD Portable Charger. The device can detect and adjust the charging current to obtain the fastest charging with ease.
The RAVPower 26800 portable charger is a little more expensive than the PowerCore Lite product but it has additional bells and whistles. First and foremost, you can use the RAVPower bank to charge up your MacBook. It can also charge your Nintendo Switch while you are playing, which is a pretty cool feature for gamers. There is also built-in functionality to power your portable Chromebook.
This unit only takes about 4 – 5 hours to get fully charged compared to 7 – 10 hours for some of the other popular battery banks. The RAVPower also includes a superior quality overcharge, short-circuit and current surge protection
Maximizing battery charge
To optimize your battery’s charge, Apple provides a running list of general performance tips. These include making sure your device is using the latest version of iOS to avoiding extreme ambient temperatures.
- Remove certain cases during charging. If you notice your device gets hot during charging, take it out of its case.
- If you’re storing your device (i.e. not planning on using it for a while), charge it to around 50 percent and then power it down. Fully discharged devices over a long period could become incapable of holding a charge. On the other hand, one that is fully charged (and not used) could lose capacity and therefore shorten battery life.
In recent years, Apple has also made it much easier to view battery usage information. At the center of this is a Battery Health tool that you can find in the Settings app under Battery.
An iPhone is expected to last for 500 or more cycles, which is about two years for the average consumer. At that point, the Lithium-ion battery has probably degraded to 80 percent of its capacity. You can see where your phone stands by going into the Settings app and tapping Battery. From there, select Battery Health.
In the example above, the phone’s maximum capacity is still at 100 percent.
about the Battery Health Tool
Under the battery usage screen on your iOS device, you’ll find useful information to review for best practices. From this screen, for example, you can see a list of apps that are performing background activity. You can turn this off by visiting the Settings app under General Background App Refresh.
Other messages you may see on this screen can include:
- Location and Background Location. If an app is using location services excessively, turn it off by going into Settings Privacy Location Services.
- Home Lock Screen. If these two screens are using a lot of battery each day, it could be that you’re receiving more notifications than reasonably necessary. Adjust these by going into Settings Notifications.
- No Cell Coverage or Low Signal. If you’re always in an area where there is no coverage, it might be wise to turn on Airplane mode and save your battery. To do so, open Control Center and tap on the Airplane mode icon.
With each passing year, Apple does a better job of maximizing battery life on its mobile devices. At the same time, the company makes it easier for you to recognize just how much energy your device is using and why.
When it comes to fast-charging versus trickle-charging, Apple has designed a system that maximizes battery life while also taking into account our fast-moving lives which require that our devices are up and running most of the day.
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Your wish has been Apple’s command. No more 5 watt chargers are being shipped with iPhones, nor any charger for that matter. Personally I always liked slower chargers because I wanted to maximize my battery life. I’ll occasionally use a fast charger when in a bind or if the day I have to charge my phone happens to fall on a busy day
Review: Anker PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh Portable Charger
Anytime Anker releases a new portable charger or any other charging electronic you know that we’re likely going to be all over it. The reason for that is quite simple and that’s because Anker is one of the most popular charging electronics brands on the market with many of their charging products and other types of products receiving tons of reviews and many of them being positive.
Anker now has another portable charger that they’ve recently released and it’s called the PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh portable charger. The power bank absolutely has Anker’s premium looks all over it, however, for this power bank the powering side of it is both innovative and quite standard at the same time.
The power capacity of this PowerCore Lite charger is 10,000mAh, at least that’s what it starts out with. Since this power bank does not feature any fast charging tech such as Quick Charge, the conversion rate that you’re going to be receiving is a standard one.
3.7 x 10,000 = 37,000 / 5 = 7,400
So the output capacity, which is basically the amount of power that you’re actually able to use to charge your devices is going to be about 7,000mAh from this charger. This is an average conversion rate and basically what you can expect from most other power banks that have a 10,000mAh initial power capacity.
With its use of 7,000mAh power capacity that you can actually use, this power bank is really meant for charging smartphones and if you’re charging a smartphone that has a 3,000mAh battery capacity, which most smartphones feature, then you can expect about two full charges. Charging larger devices such as a tablet with this PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh portable charger is possible but if you want to charge a tablet to full power then it’s likely going to take the whole power capacity.
This is truly a minimalistic charger as it only features a single output charging port and this fits right in line with Anker’s focused type of charging design with their mid-range portable chargers, as the charger also has a great design. We’ll get into that later, though.
The single port on this power bank has a standard fast charging speed of 5V/2.4A. So this charger does not feature Quick Charge and therefore it will not fast charge Quick Charge compatible Andriod smartphones. That’s something that we feel that we really need to clarify, as this power bank absolutely look premium with its design and how the port is colored Blue, but if you’re looking for a slim power bank from Anker that does feature Quick Charge, then we recommend taking a look at their PowerCore II 10000.
Recharging this power bank is the most innovative part for this portable charger and that’s because it’s true for those that own an Android smartphone that uses a USB-C or Micro-USB port to recharge. That’s because this power bank actually features two input ports, with one being a USB-C port and the other one is a Micro-USB input.
You can only use one input at a time and they both have the same recharge speed of 5V/2.0A, so we recommend that you use a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the power bank at its max charging speed.
This type of recharging design is quite useful because depending on what type of smartphone you have, you can use the same cable that you use to charge your phone to also recharge this power bank. Also, this is a first for an Anker power bank to have this sort of recharging design and we think that it works well.
Size and Weight:
The design of this power bank is the first thing that you likely noticed and probably what caught your interest in it in the first place. So it has a length of 5.7 inches, a width of 2.8 inches, and a thickness of 0.6 inches. The weight of the power bank is 7.4 Ounces.
So the form factor of the power bank allows you to place it into a and when it comes to charging your smartphone and using it at the same time, it’s also easy to just stack your phone on top of the power bank.
Nearly all of the functional parts of this power bank are on the same side and that includes:
- Power Button
- USB-A Output Port
- Micro-USB USB-C Input Port
Off to the side of the power bank is where there are four Blue power capacity indicators. You do have to press the power button to begin charging.
Also, if you long press the power button, the power bank goes into a Trickle-Charging mode, meaning that it’ll slow down charging from the power bank. Also, the way that you’ll know trickle charging has been activated is when one of the Blue power capacity indicators becomes Green. To deactivate Trickle Charging you just have to hold the power button down again.
Structure and Material:
The entirety of the power bank is made of plastic, just as most of Anker’s power banks are made of, but that doesn’t mean that the charger is structurally weak. This PoewrCore Lite actually has just two main pieces that make it whole, and so it’s well put together and the charging ports feel great to use as they really hold on tight to the charging ports that you connect into them.
On the tech side, this power bank does not overheat at all, as it makes use of just a single port that does not use Quick Charge.
This is a very standard but reliable power bank. It does not feature Quick Charge, so if you have Quick Charge compatible smartphone then it won’t fast charge it, and so we recommend Anker’s PowerCore II 10000 charger that does feature Quick Charge.
So if you’re just looking for a plain 10,000mAh portable charger, then this Anker PowerCore Lite is a great choice. At the same time, it’s best suited for those that have an Android smartphone as it makes use of two input ports, with one being a Micro-USB and the other one is a USB-C input.
There’s enough power to charge a smartphone to full power at least two times, it also makes use of two different input ports, which can only be used once at a time, but it’s pretty cool to have the option of two.
The charger has a very slim form factor that can be taken anywhere that you want.
The ports feel great to use and the power bank itself is well put together.
It’s a plain power bank that doesn’t make use of any fast charging tech, but it’s one of the most useful 10,000mAh plain power banks with its fast standard charging speed, use of two input ports and a slim form factor.
Specs of the Anker PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh Portable Charger:
Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A
- LED Power Indicator: Four Blue Power Indicators
- Size: 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches
- Weight: 7.4 Ounces
Anker may have released quite a regular power bank, but this PowerCore Lite 10000 does everything optimal at a base level.
The Best Battery Packs to Keep Your Gadgets Going
When your smartphone can’t make it through the day, have a backup plan.
By Don Melanson Published: Apr 6, 2021
Chances are you’ve been stuck more than once searching for an outlet to top off a dying smartphone battery. If you’re looking to avoid that stress in the future, a portable battery pack is a great way to give yourself some added peace of mind and ensure that your mobile devices are always charged when you need them. Even if you’re not using it every day, it’s a great thing to keep on-hand (and juiced) in the event of an emergency, power outage, or if you just need something to run your lantern off of at the campsite.
Deciding to get one is simple. Choosing which one to get, however, isn’t. Some might only be able to partially recharge your smartphone or tablet (or juice it more slowly than your wall charger), while others are able to quickly recharge multiple devices but might be more than you need. Read on for buying advice and things to consider, plus reviews of stand-out models that are worth your hard-earned cash.
Size vs. Capacity
When deciding on a portable battery pack, keep in mind when and where you’re going to use it, and what you’ll be using it for. If you often find yourself looking to top off your smartphone battery during your daily routine, you’ll likely want a more portable but smaller capacity battery pack that’s easier to carry with you. If, on the other hand, you’re traveling a lot or regularly find yourself far from a power outlet for extended periods of time, you might be more inclined to trade some portability for added capacity that can let you recharge a number of devices (even a laptop) a couple of times over.
Like your smartphone or laptop’s battery, a portable battery pack’s capacity is measured in milliamp hours (or mAh). And that capacity can range from 1,000 or 1,500 in the smallest, most portable battery packs (enough to only partially recharge an average smartphone) to tens of thousands in higher capacity units—the biggest of which can weigh as much as the laptops they’re designed to power.
Another important consideration when it comes to portable battery packs is connectivity. While almost all of them will have at least one standard USB port to charge a range of devices, many also have Lightning connectors for Apple devices, as well as USB-C ports for newer smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets like the Nintendo Switch. Some larger battery packs can even have a regular AC outlet built into them.
How We Chose
To select these portable battery packs, we relied on our own previous research on the subject and experience using similar devices. Then we consulted reviews from a range of trusted publications, including PC World, Wirecutter, and Android Central. We also took into account customer ratings from online retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, using them to calculate our Consumer Score. This represents the percentage of reviewers on those sites that rated the battery packs at least four out of five stars.