- There are a lot of ways to keep your iPhone charged, even if you don’t have access to your AC adapter and a wall outlet.
- You should consider keeping a portable battery and a USB cable in your travel bag so you can always top off your iPhone, even if you’re nowhere near a wall outlet.
- Other charging methods include a car charger, hand-crank charger, solar charging, and a wireless adapter.
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Every iPhone comes with an AC adapter and charging cable right in the box, and that might be the only way you’ve ever used to keep your phone topped off. But that’s pretty limiting — there are a lot of ways to keep your iPhone charged, and many are more convenient than plugging it into the wall adapter that Apple gave you.
We’ve rounded up seven ways to charge your iPhone for those times when you don’t have access to the AC adapter or a wall outlet. A few of these are so handy that they might replace the AC adapter as your preferred way of keeping your iPhone charged.
Use a car charger
If you are a commuter, you probably spend a lot of time in the car. If so, your very first iPhone accessory should be a car charger, which lets you draw power from the car’s power port (more commonly known as, but probably rarely used as, the cigarette lighter). You can get a car charger for less than $10 (this Anker model, for example, has a pair of USB ports for charging two devices at once).
Charge your iPhone wirelessly
If you have an iPhone X or later, and you’re not charging your phone wirelessly, you’re missing out on one of the most satisfying features of modern smartphones. These phones can charge just by being set on a compatible wireless charging pad, which you can keep on your desk, bed stand, or elsewhere.
Apple embraced the Qi wireless standard, so any pad that is Qi-certified will work with your iPhone. There are all sorts of charging pads available, from pads that lie flat on a tabletop to stands that let your phone sit upright.
If you have an older iPhone, you’re technically not shut out of the wireless charging party — there are a number of wireless charging cases available. Slip your iPhone into a wireless charging case from Weluv, for example, and you can charge it anytime just by placing it on a charging pad.
Use a USB cable with your laptop
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We’d be remiss not to mention a dependable low-tech solution as well: just plug your phone into any computer’s USB port. It pays to keep a Lightning cable in your bag or briefcase so you can get a charge from any nearby laptop or desktop computer.
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