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5 ways to charge iPhone 8 and higher without charger

Since the launch of the iPhone 12, people have become more familiar with wireless charging as it did not pack with a wall charger. They had to purchase it separately. It carried countless controversies and questions. Anyways, let’s discover what are different ways to get your smartphone (iPhone 8 and higher models) charged without a charger.

There are several ways to get your iPhone charged without a charger. The irony is, in most cases, you’ll require either a charging cable or wireless charging pad that is compatible with your iPhone model. In the below segment, we discuss how you can wirelessly charge your phone.

1) Charge Seamlessly Through a MacBook

It is one of the easiest ways to get your iPhone charged. Crazily, you must hold a MacBook and carry it with you wherever you go. Make sure you keep a USB C or Lighting cable.

– Turn on your computer.
– Plug the cable into your phone and charger.
– ‘Allow’ charging.

It can drain your laptop’s battery. To make sure, you must keep your laptop charged for enough power.

2) Through Portable Battery or Power Banks

Keep an extra battery and get it charged (you may require an extra cable to get the battery charged).

Power banks are quite convenient replacing the pain of carrying portable batteries wherever you go.

– Turn on your power bank.
– Plug the cable into your phone and charger.
– Check the blinking and the symbol of charging on your phone.

Types of power banks

There are 2 types of power banks popular widely.

  • Portable batteries embedded into the phone cases. The maximum iPhone cases are dual and support portable batteries.
  • There are non-case portable batteries that are available widely as well. You can choose any of them according to your preference or convenience.

You need to keep the power bank charged through a charger. It is very time-consuming and you can’t count the energy loss in each charging session.

We recommend you avoid single-use portable batteries. They may be expensive and can harm the environment.

3) Charge Through Car’s USB Ports

For the uninitiated, yes you can charge an iPhone with your Gen Z car. These cars hold USB ports and you can directly plug a cable. This method is beneficial for extra minutes of charge while you are in a rush. Typically, they have less power compared to wall outlets and may take longer to charge 100%.

– Turn on your car’s accessory mode.
– Plug one end of your charging cable into the car’s USB port or adapter and the other end into your iPhone.

Careful when you do this as direct sunlight may cause overheating and can reduce the battery’s lifespan. Sometimes, harsh weather conditions may reduce your iPhone’s lifespan too.

4) Solar-Powered Charging

Awkwardly, sunlight can be used to charge your iPhone. You only need a solar-powered phone charger. It can easily replace a refillable battery and is quite portable. Evidently, it can save electricity and excellence for the remotest areas where electricity is inaccessible.

– Keep the charger to direct sunlight.
– Plug the cable into your phone and charger.
– Check the blinking and the symbol of charging on your phone.

They are pretty expensive and depend on the weather. Also this may take longer to give you a charge of 100%.

5) Use Portable Wireless Chargers

Wireless charging is a new entry into the iPhone arena. ‘Wireless’, as the name suggests, you don’t require a wall outlet to get your iPhone charged. Unlike wired charging, wireless charging has made fast charging quite efficient without hampering the battery’s lifespan. Wireless chargers are portable and don’t need to keep power every day.

The question arises if every iPhone model supports wireless charging. To answer you, only iPhone 8 or higher models offer in-built wireless charging if they use compatible Qi-certified charging accessories. Check out Qi-certified chargers.

Check out particular iPhone charging pads on Apple’s official website or a third-party app.

How to Wirelessly Charge iPhone 8 or Higher Models?

  • Connect your wireless charger to power. Use the recommended power adapter by the manufacturer or use the power adapter that is paired with the accessory.
  • Make sure you place the charger on a level surface or other location recommended by the manufacturer.
  • For better performance, place your iPhone on the charger (in the center or specified area recommended by the manufacturer) with the display facing up.
  • Within a few seconds of putting your phone on the wireless charger, it will start charging.

A lightning bolt symbol will be shown in the status bar when it is charging.

Things to Remember When Charging your iPhone Through a Wireless Charger

  • Wireless chargers use magnetic induction. So it is advised to not place anything between the charger and iPhone. If you place objects like magnetic mounts, magnetic cases, or others, it might damage magnetic stripes or RFID chips (usually found in credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs).
  • Remove the battery case or metal case if your phone is charging slowly and is not charging.
  • Turn off the vibration or DND mode because it may cause the charging mat to stop providing power to your iPhone due to movement. You can also use a case to prevent movement.
  • Place your iPhone or charger in a cooler place if it gets slightly warmer while charging. It occurs when software limits charging over 80%.
  • Don’t worry if you hear faint noises while charging. The noise may vary depending on the charging mat.
  • Your phone won’t charge wirelessly if it is connected to a computer with a USB or USB adapter, as your phone will automatically charge using the USB connection.

It shows that each charging method has its own pros and cons. Oftentimes, wireless charging appears not as effective as a wall charger. In a nutshell you need to choose specific charging methods according to your need — simple as that.

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