What Do You Use to Charge Your Mobile Devices?


This is certainly a problem we never faced until recently. Yet in just a few short years, it’s become a real problem for many of us. There’s nothing like going to use your mobile device and finding it has less than ten percent on its battery.

Since it’s a big problem for many of us, and there are so many different solutions – charging through your computer, through a standard charger, through a power bank, etc. – that we asked a few of our writers what they use to charge their mobile devices.

Our Opinion

Damien reports that he prefers to charge his devices through the standard power socket. However, if he’s on the move, he tends to “charge using the USB port of my laptop.” Mahesh also uses the standard charger, but when he’s out, he uses a power bank for charging his mobile device.


Trevor does the same for the most part. He charges his Nexus 5x with the charger it shipped with in addition to a longer cable. When he’s in the car, he uses the USB port with a “noodle cable” or a power port to USB adapter with the same cable. However, he notes that losing battery is a rarity for him, as it usually lasts the majority of the day, but the “rapid charging helps with a quick boost” when he needs it.

Charnita explains that when she’s in her home office where she spends most of her time, she has “a PowerCube attached to my desk, and I use a charging cable via one of the USB ports.” While she is sleeping, she uses a USB adapter with a timer so that it will turn off at a certain point “to prevent overcharging.” While she’s out and about, she either uses the USB in her car or a power bank.


For me, I rely on power banks during the day. I use my iPad and iPhone exclusively, and I don’t sit near an outlet and don’t want to run cords all over the place. So I plug in my iPad overnight to a power strip that like Charnita’s PowerCube has USB outlets in it. I charge my power banks there as well. Then during the day I use a smaller power bank for my iPhone and a large one that has a 2A USB on it for my iPad. Both devices are much older, so they don’t carry the charge they once did.

Your Turn

We’d like to hear what methods you use. Do you use the standard charger in the wall like Damien and Mahesh, or do you rely on other apparatus such as power banks, power strips, and car chargers? Maybe you go the old-fashioned route to charge through your computer. What do you use to charge your mobile devices? Let us know in the comments section below..

Image Credit: Phone Charger Cord, Mi Power Bank 10400mAh

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. I use multiple methods, but rarely do I charge from my computer. My three most used methods are:

    1) A charger “brick” (not necessarily the one that came with the device) plugged into AC. I use this method when in my home or company office.
    2) A 12V to USB adapter plugged into a power outlet in my vehicle.
    3) A wall outlet that has USB charging ports that I installed in my kitchen.

  2. The only thing that makes me nervous when charging a system is using an “unknown source”, which is unsafe to trust until you know what is on the other side of the”wire”.

    Are you making your device”at risk” when you charge it from an unknown source?

    I usually connect my devices either to one of my computer systems through a USB to Micro USB cable, plug in to the wall at a familiar location, or use a portable charger that I have charged myself.

    Half of the time it’s the USB to computer and the other half the USB cable to the wall outlet in a familiar location. No surprises!

  3. The challenge today is how to recharge while minimizing “juice jumping” by hackers — we could use an article on this.

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