Now, we do not know about you but we find it very difficult to think of any kind of scenario where we would not want a way to charge all of our Internet-enabled devices to charge up to their maximum as fast as possible.
And we know that everyone wants that.
It doesn’t really matter where you are or where you are going.
You could be going to the office or heading down for an evening out with your friends.
In each of these cases and all others, if you are a normal person with lots of devices, you would want each of your devices to have a high battery level.
Ideally, you would want them to have a full charge.
But of course, having a high battery value is preferable to having a low battery level.
A lot of online consumers seem to have this misconception that all that one needs to charge a device to its maximum level is time.
The longer you charge a device, the more battery level it has.
While that is true, charging your device as quickly as possible is more than just plugging your device into a charging station.
There are a ton of tricks and tips that you can use right now to get the battery levels of all of your devices to the maximum as quickly as possible.
Charging Fundamentals that you must know about.
Now, at the fundamental level, the exact amount of energy or power that goes straight into your devices (and thus charges your device) is measured in the unit known as watts.
If you want to properly calculate watts what you need to do is to take the exact voltage of the given device.
Remember that you have to do so in volts.
You can think of volts as the energy potential.
Now, if you simply multiply the volts by the currents (measured either in milliamps or amps), you get, what is known as, the rate of energy flow.
To further simplify matters, you need to think of volts as if they represent some kind of water pressure in your hose.
Following from that, the milliamps represent the water flow of that hose.
When you combine both of them you actually get the overall output of your entire hose.
The case is pretty similar with Watts as well.
In fact, if you really think about it, you will find that all three have close links to each other.
You may be able to see either three or two or even one of the terms that we have mentioned above so far whenever you find yourself looking at your device chargers.
To take an example, let’s talk about the latest iPhone XS.
The iPhone XS is a fantastic internet-enabled smartphone device.
And we are not going to talk about its merits and demerits.
It is a superb device.
However, what you may not know is that it comes with a charger rated at 5W.
What does that mean for the end user?
Well, for the end user that means that when you purchase a device as cool as iPhone XS you also get a total of 5 watts of pure power along with a working wall socket and of course, the official bundled iPhone XS charger.
With that said, it is also true that the iPhone XS has the capacity to charge at close to 18 W.
Again, what does that mean for the end user?
Well, it means that if you want to then you can make use of a much more powerful device charger.
In other words, if you have access to a hose that has faster water flow rate and more pressure then you can potentially charge your iPhone XS much quicker.
But there are many other things you should know about charging your device than juicing it up faster.
As mentioned before as well, there are a variety of different influencing factors that you need to take into account when you want to know the number of watts which are actually in the process of charging up your internet-enabled smartphone device when you actually plug the device in.
Following that, in this guide, we will talk more about the main ones that you need to absolutely know.
The factors that we will talk about will enable you to charge your devices pretty much as fast as is humanly possible.
Your actual device will not matter that much since our methods will work for all modern devices.
Moreover, you also do not have to worry about the battery size of your device.
Because, in the end, it does not matter that much either.
So let’s get going.
Chargers: Choose them wisely
You do need to make sure that you buy the best charger for your device.
That is the only way you’ll get started on your journey to charge your devices as fast as possible.
Our research shows that you actually need to go for the charger that can safely charge your device at the highest wattage level possible.
That is the charging experience everyone needs to charge their devices as fast as possible.
To take an example, if you have an iPhone that comes from 2017, or even a later one then you need to make sure to divorce yourself from the bundled and official 5W charger and instead move to the 18W charger.
This is the charger that comes packed with the latest editions of Apple iPad Pros.
At this point, you probably do not need us to tell you why this would give you a huge charging boost.
In fact, MacRumors ran some tests which showed that an 18W new charger gave close to twice the charge that one would get with a normal charger over a period of 1 hour.
There is another example.
And that example is of the latest edition of MacBook Pro.
Our research shows that it has the ability to output close to a total of 10W of pure power just from its included USB-C slots.
In other words, if you charge your new iPhone with a USB-C slot that is present on your new MacBook Pro then you will definitely experience faster charging than you would if you charge the same device with the official 5W charger.
To put it concisely, the charger which comes with the Apple iPhone device itself is fast becoming useless.
Now, bear in mind that if you do the same with a laptop that is slightly older then you would not get the same amount of output in terms of power because that old laptop is definitely going to have lower-powered USB slots.
On the other hand, we have Google’s Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3.
Both of these flagship smartphone models come with mammoth 18W chargers which are fast and big.
And since they come packed in the box you do not have to go out and buy them separately.
There is not a charger on the planet which will charge the Pixel devices faster than the chargers which come in the box.
The simple reason for that is the fact that these official chargers charge at 18W compared to Apple’s 5W.
Now, that does not mean there is not a charger faster than 18W.
But it does mean that Pixel would simply not work with a charger which charges any faster than 18W.
That is the maximum level of charging that these Google devices can handle.
Now, we are taking this opportunity to mention such specific smartphone devices so that our readers have a clear idea of what exactly they should expect when they purchase each given device.
It would also help readers who like to weigh up different options before making a final decision on which smartphone device to buy.
Generally speaking though, whenever you are thinking about juicing up an internet-enabled device such as a laptop or a tablet or a phone, you need to find the highest given voltage power source that is available near you.
In most cases, that is a wall socket.
Moreover, you also need to find a charger that supports the highest wattage for your device.
Sure, you can easily find chargers which are supposed to charge much bigger electrical devices.
And these do offer higher wattage ratings.
That is actually the reason why users should never expect something extraordinary to happen when they plug their phone charger directly into their laptop.
However, it is entirely possible for you to plug the laptop charger you have directly into your smartphone device and enable to it get that juice all the more quickly.
Most of our readers would already know that the latest and greatest USB standard (currently) is USB-C.
We are not exaggerating when we say that modern USB-C chargers are finally bringing us ever closer to charging solution that is one-size-fits-all.
Of course, there are still stages to go before all of us finally get to that point.
Now, on that note, let’s talk about things such as wireless charging.
In the majority of the cases, wireless charging is never going to charge up any given internet-enabled device as fast as a good cable would.
It may be possible for some folks to get faster wireless charging if they have a phone which, in turn, has a really tiny low-wattage slow and wired charger.
Even then such users will have to make sure they have access to a really expensive and high-wattage modern wireless charging pad.
For those prone to splurging, Google does ship that 10W charging stand that users can make use of with their Pixel 3 smartphone devices.
Okay, so what about car USB chargers?
Well, our research shows that they are pretty low power too.
So do not expect anything from them.
Perhaps the best move forward is for you to develop enough confidence to research all of your chargers and devices on your own.
This is also the point where we tell you to think about buying a really high wattage new charger in order to keep it someplace near your exit door.
We have come to find that if one is in a real rush and needs to quickly get a battery boost, then the best possible scenario is where the user just plugs his/her device into a given wall that is making use of the highest voltage charger.
Additionally, it is better if the charger also has the highest watts and current rating that the user has available to him/her.
So are we telling you that you have the option of making use of any given charger that you like the looks of?
Well, kind of.
In other words, no and yes.
We have already mentioned the fact that sometimes using any given fast charger for your smartphone device should not give you anything but improved charging performance.
When we say that we are specifically talking about cases where a user makes use of his/her MacBook or iPad charger with his/her Apple iPhone device.
On the other hand, you should always be wary of getting into the habit of swapping between various different modern chargers that come from different manufacturers in order to use them with different devices.
If you do that then know that problems can and do arise.
That is especially the case if you have hardware that one would classify as old.
Our research shows that crummy and older chargers had the potential of bricking one’s devices.
Sometimes, they would also cause small-ish fires.
You do not need to worry about too much if you have new gear.
Because the likes of USB 3.x and USB-C have actually made device/charger interoperability safer and easier for everyone.
Now, when we say safer and easier, what we mean to say is that USB-C makes it safer and easier THAN BEFORE.
More specifically, USB 3.x and USB-C now have built-in failsafe features which work really well when it comes to stopping destructive overcharging stuff.
If we assume for a second that you have involved yourself into using cables and chargers from various different (but recognized) brands, then there is no reason for you to run into any kind of serious problems.
At this point, we should remind you again that you should pay reasonable attention to any and all fast charging features that come with your smartphone device as well.
As mentioned before, all charging standards require the user to make use of specific chargers.
Hence, to take an example, if a person has a OnePlus smartphone device then that person has no other option but to make use of an official OnePlus charger if he/she wants to benefit from the phone’s fast charging feature.
Now, that does not mean that if you connect your phone for fast charging with the help of other chargers, they would literally blow your smartphone to smithereens.
But it does mean that such chargers would not provide you with any speed boost when it comes to charging your device.
With that out of the way, we would be remiss if we did not mention USB PD chargers.
What are these?
Well, almost all the new Pixels and iPhones now need those chargers which are able to offer features such as USB PD.
PD stands for Power Delivery.
Of course, this only pertains to those users who want to get the fastest charging speeds possible.
Now USB-C and USB PD are fast and new charging standards.
But there are many others just like them as well.
Again, all of these standards require the user to not only have the appropriate charger but also the appropriate phone to gain the maximum amount of benefit.
So what do you do?
Well, you go and check if the smartphone device that you have indeed supports QuickCharge or PD standard.
If it does then you need to also find a decent brick which is able to support such a feature.
We are aware of the fact that you may feel just a tiny bit overwhelmed because of the number of standards and specifications that you may eventually need to think about before making a good purchase or increase your charging performance.
But we want to let you know that you only need to know these things that are regarding your own device.
We do not think that you will have to work too hard in order to find the exact quick charging standards that it may support.
The same holds true for situations where you have to find the absolute maximum level of charging power that your smartphone device can take.
All it should take you is a couple of minutes of decent web searching activities.
Needless to say, once the searching part is over, you only need to identify the available best fast chargers for your device to do the job.
Turn your device off while charging.
Your tablet or laptop or phone doing something while you want it to gain the maximum amount of charge in the least possible time vs to when your devices are doing nothing but charging themselves can be huge.
For example, if while charging your device, you are constantly pumping out streaming videos or some audio files then you can rest assured that it will take a lot more time to charge to a decent level.
These activities will draw a lot of power from your device.
If your device is turned off though, then you can expect things to change rather radically.
In other words, if you do nothing on your device while charging it and turn it off then that is going to significantly increase the battery life that you will get to experience when you unplug the device.
We are aware of the fact that you may have to make use of your internet-enabled device even when you have to charge it.
But, be more considerate.
If there is a possibility of you switching the device for just for a couple of minutes or more for more charging, then it is probably better if you do so.
You will get those extra important percentage points on your battery level that might make the difference in you making and not making an Uber call in the middle of the night after your friends refused to give you a ride home.
Okay, so maybe you have already figured out that there is no way that you can turn your device off completely while it is charging.
In that case, we would suggest that you should try your level best to decrease the amount of power that your device is busy pulling directly from its overworked battery while you are charging it.
More specifically, we want you to turn off the Bluetooth and WiFi while charging your device.
Also, decrease the volume.
Make sure you have the lowest possible screen brightness setting.
Most important of all, do not try to run programs or apps that demand a lot of power.
Of course, on their own, such little tweaks may never manage to impress you in terms of extra battery life on a 10 minute charge time.
However, if you make use of all the points that we have mentioned in this guide, we have no doubt that you will see a difference of a multiple number of percentage points.
So just read up on all the points and then combine them.
On a related note, the longer the time you charge your device for while implementing all the tricks in this guide, the more significant will be the benefit that you will see.
Finally, there is actually a small school of thought that believes no amount of tweaking can help increase battery life.
Don’t listen to them.