Do you remember how many times you were in a situation where you need to charge your phone outside the house and you did not have the phone charger, and you wondered; Can any charger be used with your phone, whether it is a wired or wireless charger?
It is worth noting that Apple this year provided all iPhone 12 phones without a charger as well, but in the phone box you will find a (USB-C to Lightning) cable that works with USB-C power adapters and ports on your computer.
And here an important question arises, can you connect any charger to your phone to charge it?
The short answer is yes, as the vast majority of phones now include a USB-C port for wired charging, and support the same wireless charging standards, but the long answer includes a little more explanation.
How are chargers classified?
The main component that all chargers have in common is the watts, or what is known as (charging capacity), which means the amount of power that the charger can deliver to your phone’s battery at once. Tablets and laptops usually have higher wattage chargers since they have larger batteries.
The speed of charging your phone also depends on the amount of watts provided by the charger and the maximum wattage that your phone requires to charge, so the charger included in the phone box always provides you with the best charging performance.
If your phone does not come with a charger or has lost the charger or is damaged, you should search for the charging data for both the charger and the phone on the web so that you can buy a good replacement, for example: the new iPhone 12 can handle up to 20 watts.
So if you buy a 20-watt charger from Apple, this will increase the charging speed of the new iPhone 12 by about four times faster than the old official 5-watt charger only. Of course, the old charger can charge the iPhone 12, but the problem you will face is the very slow charging rate.
This also applies to the ports of laptops, for example: the latest devices (MacBook Pro) can output 10 watts of power from the (USB-C) ports, so you can use the (USB-C to Lightning) cable to charge your phone through the computer port. Which means you’ll get twice the charging speed offered by a 5W charger, but it’s only half as fast as the 20W charger that’s assuming your phone requires 20W charging capacity.
If you want the fastest possible charging of your phone’s battery, then you need the charger that provides the same charging capacity that the phone requires, and this is most often found in the charger that comes with your phone as mentioned earlier.
When it comes to fast charging, this is a technology that phone manufacturers adopt in different ways, and usually you will not find the same standards between brands. For example: The OnePlus 8T supports 65 watts of fast charging.
As with wired charging, to get the best results from fast charging, you need both the charger and the phone to support the same charging capacity, which means that you cannot connect (OnePlus 8T) to any charger and wait for it to charge the battery 100% in 39 minutes. OnePlus company says, it is necessary to use a charger that offers the same capacity.
While wireless charging is a little different, you’ll find that charging capacity is also measured in watts, but wireless chargers are slower than the wired versions. Most modern phones share that they support the wireless charging standard (Qi), so you can use any wireless charger with your phone as long as your phone and charger support the same standard.
What charger can you use with your phone?
As long as you use the appropriate cable or wireless standard, you can use any charger with your phone, as modern phones will regulate power draw to conserve the battery, so there is no risk of damaging your phone by using a charger with a slightly lower or higher charging capacity.
However, you should be wary of using inexpensive, no-brand chargers, or old chargers that have been around for years, as they may not adhere to the same safety standards that modern chargers offer.
Cheap chargers and cables can also be a threat to your life. Researchers say: “Inexpensive chargers without any known brand can cause serious shocks or burns because they may not be in compliance with safety standards and quality testing compared to their branded counterparts. known”.
Accordingly, to protect yourself and extend the battery life of your device, be sure to use a new charger belonging to one of the phone manufacturers, or from a well-known company that manufactures phone accessories, even if it is slightly more expensive.
At this point, any new charger will work with any new phone, but you won’t get the fastest charging speeds, or the most efficient charging rate if you don’t use a charger made by the same phone company. And when it comes to fast charging, you should use the charger specially designed for your phone.
The same applies to wireless charging. Any charger can be used with any phone if they support the same wireless charging standard, but it is possible that the charging speed varies from one charger to another.
The only exception here; The new iPhone 12 phones that use the new charging standard (MagSafe) specifically designed for them, which relies on a strong magnetic connection to fix the phone to the charging base, so it is not recommended to use the new (MagSafe) chargers with any phones other than iPhone 12.
It is worth noting that Apple itself has warned against placing credit cards, hotel key cards, transportation cards, or passports between an iPhone and a MagSafe charger, as this may damage the magnetic strips or RFID chips in these things.
The charger may also leave circular marks on the outer cases that you use to protect the phone, in addition to leaving the same circular marks on the back of the glass phone itself if you are not using a case.