TECH BYTE: Which Charger is Right for You

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to keep all of your devices charged up and ready to go!

You don’t want to miss out on any photo opportunities if your phone’s dead.

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There are a lot of chargers to choose from – from ones you plug in, to wireless ones.

You can now use them both at home, and in your car.

Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says there are even wireless chargers that can work for both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

“A lot of people will set it on their bedtime table or nightstand, whatever it may be, and when you get done at night, you literally just pop your phone down, pop your watch on the charger, and they both charge wirelessly for you, and you don’t hook up any cables at all,” Roach said.

Keep in mind, you still have to plug in the wireless charger itself, even if you’re not plugging your phone into an outlet.

It varies how fast or slow it gets the job done.

“Wireless chargers do charge a little bit slower, but when you buy a wireless charger, you do have the option to buy either a slower charge, or a fast charge wireless charger,” he said. “It won’t be quite as fast as a regular cable, but it will be a lot faster than it used to be.”

So how do you determine how fast or slow a device charges, so you’ll know what to buy?

Roach says it’s not always about the cable you get.

“It’s really the brick, or the USB device that they’re plugging into the wall that is most important,” Roach said. “The amperage is what they want to look at when purchasing a charger. Quick chargers nowadays are really designated as a 3 amp charger, which means it’s going to be able to maximize the potential of how quick your phone can actually charge. A lot of people use older bricks or older USB ports that they’ve had over the years. A lot of those are .5 amps or 1 amps. That could be why your phone is charging so slow.”

The higher the number of amperage you see on the box, the faster your phone will charge.

“You’re not going to damage your phone using an older charger, it’s just going to go much slower.”

There are even wireless chargers you can bring with you on the go.

“Before you had to take the portable batteries and plug them in,” Roach said. “Nowadays, you have wireless charging available on those portable batteries also, so you keep it in a bag or a purse, and when you’re ready, simply just set your phone on top of it, and it will charge it for you.”

And don’t forget to charge that portable battery ahead of time, otherwise your phone won’t charge either.

Roach says the bricks will give you between two and four full charges.

 

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’