Question from Dorenda J.: Hi Rick! I have a question about charging my phone.
I lead walking tours through the streets of my historic home town and I only have a few minutes here and there when I can plug my iPhone in for a quick charge.
Someone told me my phone will charge faster if I turn it off before I plug it in. Is that true?
Rick’s answer: Yes it is true, Dorenda. The innards of your iPhone consist of some pretty sophisticated electronic devices, including a CPU, some memory chips and multiple send/receive radios. All of these devices consume power, and when they are powered up they compete with your phone’s battery for the available electric current being delivered by the charger.
Turning off your phone won’t make your iPhone’s battery charge at lightning speed, but if you only have a few minutes of charging time a few times each day it can make a big difference. Just be aware (as I’m sure you are) that you won’t be able to send or receive phone calls or texts until you turn your phone back on.
I do have a great solution for you to consider, however. You an always get yourself an inexpensive portable external battery bank/charger and carry it around in your purse, bag or pocket.
You can leave your iPhone plugged into the portable charger throughout the day, then re-charge the battery in the charger at night. Just a suggestion…
And by the way, the info in this post applies to Android phones as well!
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