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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

10 Reasons Your Smartphone May be Charging Slowly and Possible Fixes

No one likes having a  low battery on his/her device especially if your device charges very slowly.. You might purchase a new charger and discover that your previous charger works faster than the new one. I’ll explain why this happens.

Below are reasons Why Your Smartphone may be Charging Slowly

1 Low Capacity or Bad Adapters 

It’s quiet unfortunate that many people are unaware of the fact that Mobile phone Adapters have different capacities.. If you want your device to charge very well. I  recommend you use an Adapter that has a capacity of 2 amperes. An Ampere is the amount of electric current flowing in an electric conductor

How To Determine The Capacity Of An Adapter

In most Mobile Phone chargers the Output is 5v (5 volts) . So on your charger you’ll likely see something like  – ” Output: 5v =” . After the  = symbol,  you’ll see the number of Amperes for your adapter .  The best and recommended adapter  is one with  this Label  -(  Output:5v = 2.0A). Make sure it’s 2 A or above before purchasing.

Also note that if your phone charges slowly with your powerbank it could be because of the same problem. Check the number of Amperes typed  on the label of the power bank

2. Weak Or Damaged  USB Cord 

Basically a USB cable  is used for Charging and also transferring data so when you cut it open( ps- don’t cut a working USB cable),  You’ll see a wire and also some fibres. The fibres serve as the data  transmission  material while the wires are for charging. Many people normally weaken their USB cables   by constant twisting, stretching and turning. Avoid doing this to your USB cable .  You can also check for cuts on your USB cable

3.Turning On Your Data While Charging

If you forget to turn off your data while charging, it will definitely reduce charging time. It’s identical to pouring water into  a leaking bucket. Once your device is regaining power /charging,  the data connection uses up a lot of battery power so it acts as a leak where your device looses power from. Invariably, it will take a device longer to get  to 100% when data connection is turned on.

4.Charging Your Smartphone with your Pc

If you’re using your PC to charge your phone, then  expect that your phone is going to charge very slowly. Even with USB 3.0, the standard energy output is only 0.9A (0.5mA for USB 2.0). And that’s under normal circumstances; any damage to your USB cable or ports can knock that small  flow of energy to  even a lower amount . Likewise, if you’re using wireless charging, for example  on the Samsung  Galaxy S7 you’re going to get a pretty glacial charge as well. I’m not saying  that wireless charging isn’t cool – it certainly is –
but we’re kind of jamming our heads against the laws of physics and safety at this point . To cut a Long story short, it’s just plain faster to plug your phone in

5. Your Battery is Damaged or Bad

There have been many instances of mobile phone manufacturers  recalling for whole batches of batteries. Search online to see if your phone’s model came with a bad battery, and see if you can acquire a replacement from your provider. Also, like your phone in general, batteries can just get old and bad. If you happen to own a device such as the Infinix Note , Tecno P5  or Galaxy Note 4 , good news! If your battery has gone bad, you can purchase a new one from Konga or Jumia and pop it into your phone right away when it’s delivered. If you own a device with a non-removable battery such as the Galaxy S7, Tecno W4 , or  , Galaxy S6 though, you’ll have to send the device in to the manufacturer to get it replaced.

6 You’re The Cause Of Your Problem

Do you habitually play with your phone while it’s charging? A surprising number of smartphone users aren’t aware that the fact that the biggest drain on their phone’s battery is the screen. Keeping that gorgeous display lit up with high-resolution Facebook drama will use up battery even as your phone soaks it up. If you combine this with one of the other problems above, you might find yourself in a situation where you are using battery power faster than your phone can take it in.
If you need your phone to charge quickly, give it a rest while it’s on the charger.

7.Background Apps Are Killing Your Battery 

Although your screen is the number one battery sucker, you might have some sneaky apps running in the background that are constantly draining power, causing your phone to charge slower. In addition to charging sluggishly, does your phone also feel like it runs through its battery life faster than it used to? If so, this may be your issue. Apps in Android often boot themselves up or run in the background after only being opened for a moment. Although this used to be a bigger problem than it currently is–Android is getting better and better at efficiently managing resources–having a rogue app or two can give your phone’s performance a nasty hit. The easiest solution here is to grab a good task manager and check it frequently to see what’s running when it shouldn’t be. When you locate a misbehaving app, try uninstalling it and see if your battery
life and charge speed is improved over the next few days.

8  Your USB Port Is Blocked

If Your phone spends all day  in your pocket or purse with all manner of  dust and particles. It’s  common for a
USB port to get a little bit of that dirt  lodged inside of it. If you plugged in your charger without noticing, it may have packed the obstruction in even deeper, which might be preventing your charger from making a good connection.
Using a bright light and perhaps magnification, look around inside your phone’s USB port for anything that shouldn’t be in there. If you see something that obviously doesn’t belong, grab a thin, pointed object and carefully try to remove it. Be very
careful not to damage any of the port’s components, or you could end up with a bigger problem than you currently have.
I recommend using a plastic (not wooden) toothpick if you can find one. Alternatively, giving your port a good scrub with a dry, brand new toothbrush is a very effective and safe way to make sure it’s free of any blockage.

9 Your USB port is damaged 

It’s possible that  you may have broken or bent a pin inside your phone’s USB port. At this point, you should really consider taking your phone to a professional for repair. Take your phone by a shop and get a repair job.

10 Your USB port is Corroded   

Yes, you might also have some corrosion in there from sweat or humidity. Corrosion is a little major  problem, because it
creates a film over the connective hardware that prevents a proper charge, but even worse, if you don’t get rid of it, it can keep eating away at your device, causing larger and larger issues. Once again, you should really consider professional help at this point. Going forward, you risk voiding your phone’s warranty and doing serious damage to the device. However, if you decide to take your phone’s lifeto your own hands, and you are comfortable and familiar with the process of disassembling and reassembling mobile devices, then you should know that many corrosion problems can be dealt with using just white vinegar and rubbing alcohol.

Disassemble your device to expose the area of corrosion. The intricacies of this process outstrip the scope of this article and will vary from device to device, so once again, unless you’ve done this before , take your phone to a professional. For those moving forward, most corrosion can be removed by using a cotton swab dabbed in distilled white vinegar. Rub down all the corrosion you see with a light touch, and be careful not to get vinegar into the uncorroded areas. I probably don’t have to say this, but getting vinegar into your phone is bad.

Once you’ve coated the corrosion with vinegar, wait 5-8 minutes, then use the tip of a paper towel to remove the vinegar. Repeat this process until there is no sign of corrosion. This accomplished, dab the area with rubbing alcohol on the tip of a cotton swab and let the device air-dry for half an hour. Reassemble your phone, and you should be good to go!

I believe after all this you should get a faster charge


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