Fast charging will damage your cell phone battery life? How to fix it?

fast phone charging

As we spend more and more time on our smartphones, battery life becomes the top priority for most smartphone users. We all want a phone with a long battery life to last all day, however a longer battery life also means that it often takes longer to fully charge.

That’s where fast charging comes in.

Although there are now charging capabilities of up to 100 Watts, it is difficult to implement without damaging the phone battery. But is it possible? 

Is it possible to use a fast phone charger without speeding up battery degradation?

If the phone charging rate is the only thing to consider, technology today is more than advanced.

xiaomi 100W fast charging

It’s a known fact that faster charging accelerates the degradation of cell phones. According to Xiaomi, 100W fast charging will cause 20% more loss of battery capacity than 30W fast charging. Most mobile devices currently on the market have a battery capacity ranging from 3,500mAh to 4,000mAh. A lower battery capacity means fewer hours of usage between charges. When the full charge capacity hits a certain level, the battery is considered worn. Take the iPhone as an example: according to Apple, when the capacity is less than 80% of the design capacity, it’s time to replace the iPhone’s battery. No one wants to fully charge a phone in 20 minutes at the expense of draining the battery capacity to the point where it will be unusable in 6 months.

iPhone battery health maximum capacity

Another concern relates to safety. Fast phone chargers use a high voltage to recharge the battery and not all phones can handle such a high voltage.

The conclusion can be drawn from the above discussion that it’s impossible to use the current fast charging technology to increase the charging speed without causing any damage to the phone and battery.

But wait! Don’t pull the long face, it’s not completely hopeless.

Why do you need fast charging?

In a fast-paced world, we tend to speed up everything. Time is money and we really hate waiting for things. Fast charging shortens the time needed to fully charge your device, perfect for when we are in a hurry. Currently, you can charge your phone up to 80% in one hour using a fast phone charger, or two hours with a standard charger.

adaptive fast charging fast phone charger

Is it really fair to consider a 2 hour charge too long?

Root cause: charging at the wrong time

charge your phone while working

If you have to use your phone in one hour, then a two-hour charging time may seem unacceptable. You hate waiting for the phone to be fully charged, so you may use your phone while charging, leading to an even longer charging time. To reduce the time you purchase a fast phone charger, however the actual issue is that you’re not charge your phone at the proper time.

Charge your phone whenever you can

To avoid fast charging, charge your phone when you don’t use it. Although this is easier said than done, sometimes.

low battery notification

Charging your phone anytime anywhere is a difficult habit to form, not to mention inconvenient. Carrying a cable everywhere, plugging and unplugging it whenever you leave your workstation can become quite tedious. In the end, you’ll intentionally forget to charge your phone.

How to avoid fast charging while not having to wait for your phone to charge?

How can you make phone charging a natural practice that you don’t have to remind yourself to do? The quickest and easiest solution is to use wireless charging. They can be everywhere in your life without causing too much inconvenience. Wireless charging solutions are the perfect way to “eliminate” fast charging or standard wired charging.

Sitting at your desk

phone charging at your desk wireless charging mat

When you’re not using your phone for work, simply place in on a wireless charging stand or charging mat. It charges without you having to do anything at all and it’s ready when you need it.

While driving

wireless charging car mount

A car mount is an ideal tool to hold your phone while you drive. A wireless charging magnetic car mount is also available to hold and charge your phone at the same time. Regardless of where you are heading, make good use of the time, by charging your phone while driving.

On-the-go

wireless charging pad on the go portable phone charger

If you head out and your phone is about to die, a magnetic power bank is what you need. It doesn’t have to be a bulky portable phone charger with 5000+mAh, but the biggest hurdle is remembering to charge it before you take it with you. Fortunately, there’s an exception.

MagEZ Juice: The best portable cell phone charger you don’t need to charge

As a 2-in-1 magnetic wireless charger that doubles as a magnetic power bank, the MagEZ Juice has won the Contemporary Good Design 2019.

As a wireless magnetic power bank

the best portable cell phone charger wireless power bank

Equipped with 2,000mAh capacity, the MagEZ Juice delivers an extra 20% power to your phone. Enough to get you home or to the office and as discussed above, there’s no need for fast charging or large power banks. Additionally, the magnetic feature allows the MagEZ Juice to attach flawlessly to a MagEZ Phone Case.

As a magnetic wireless charging stand

the best portable cell phone charger wireless charging stand

This is why you won’t forget to charge the MagEZ Juice. Install the magnetic wireless charging dock on your desk with the removable gel pad, slide in the power bank along with your phone, and it turns to a wireless charging stand in seconds, which will charge both the power bank and your phone. So when the time comes, just slide out your phone and the fully charged portable phone charger, and you are good to go.

Conclusion

Now, you should get the hang of the reasons why you don’t need fast charging and how you can avoid fast charging, against the backdrop of current fast phone charging technology. As a matter of fact, phone charging should not impinge upon your life by wasting your time or forcing you to change your plan. As Tim Cook put it, technology should serve humanity, not the other way around.

 

Claire

About the Author

Claire was an amateur writer for different platforms, covering from technology to literature; now, she's the blogger of PITAKA. As a fervent minimalist, a reader, and a lifelong learner, Claire uses her experience and curiosity to unfold the world of science and technology gradually, and bit by bit, she explores how PITAKA is making your life easier and more convenient.

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