Mobile gadgets have given us a world of convenience that wasn’t possible before. The convenience provided is mostly in the form of portability, making it easier to arrange meetings on the go or work constantly, even while traveling from one place to another. But with less dependence with fixed, immobile power sources and wired connections, mobile gadgets have unintentionally made us slaves to their batteries, wishing for more longevity and for the nearest charger and wall socket, preferably before the whole operation shuts down.
This search would be easy enough if you had only one gadget to deal with. But if you’re like most people, you have several on hand that you use simultaneously and, at one point throughout the day, would need to be charged one by one. It’s easy to visualize how bringing each one’s respective cord and charger puts a dent to the portability factor.
Dealing With Multiple Devices and Chargers
The best solution for this dilemma is to have one of the following options: (1) have a laptop and the appropriate cords available throughout the day or (2) equip yourself with an x-in-1 cord and two chargers of varying current outputs that best suit the charging current required by your mobile gadgets.
The two options above are your best bet for safely charging your gadgets. Below are clarifications as to why you might want to have chargers that deliver different charging currents or why you might just stick to a laptop and your choice of cords to keep things simple.
Why There Are Many Different Chargers
The biggest issue with using the same charger for all seemingly compatible devices is that a mobile gadget may have a different current requirement that another one. A cable that fits into a charger’s port does not automatically mean compatibility. It might actually end up as a recipe for disaster. As most know, standard USB cords are used expressly for charging; hence, they put out the standard current of 1 or 1.5 amperes. The USB cords of newer or larger mobile devices, however, are capable of delivering higher currents of up to 2.1 amperes to provide adequate power to charger larger devices and also aid in increasing the rate of data transfer. Finding the right charger for these devices are crucial. If you don’t, you will either short out your mobile gadgets (by using a charger that delivers too much power) or wait a lifetime for them to reach their fully charged states (by choosing a charger that doesn’t put out enough power).
Another issue to pay attention to when picking out chargers for your gadgets is the frequency. If you’re predominantly residing in North America, then you can get away with owning chargers that function only with 60Hz. Something similar could be said, if you’ll be spending most of your time in Europe. But instead of 60Hz, you will be opting for a charger with a frequency of 50Hz. If, however, you find yourself constantly shuffling to and from Europe and North America (or would just like to have the convenience of not thinking about the frequency), then it’s best to equip yourself with chargers that have integrated converters built into them. This just means that the chargers in question are able to switch between 120V and 220V without any hitches. As an exercise in caution, it’s a good habit to always check the label of the charger. You can always find information about the frequency somewhere on it.
Your worries don’t necessarily end once you pick out the compatible chargers for your gadgets. There are always worries associated with the possibility of overcharging. Fortunately, most chargers in the market are what can be now termed as smart chargers. They are “smart” because they are able to detect how much charge a battery needs and are able to deliver the adequate amount that of charge that the battery can use without sacrifice of quality. These chargers can detect when a battery reaches its almost 100-percent state so it can slow down the rate in which the current flows into the device. The device goes into the last stage of battery charging, called the Float stage. In this Float stage, the battery is at 85 to 95 percent full and is susceptible from overcharging. However, thanks to the onboard CMOS chips in most chargers today, the free flowing and unrestricted flow of current made available in the early percentages of charging is limited. It goes into a “slow trickle” stage in which the charger ensures that it charges just enough not to charge over the 100 percent limit of the battery in question.
When you’ve got the chargers for your setup sorted out, the cord variety tends to take care of itself. You just pick and choose what you need for the gadgets you’ll be lugging along. Pack them together into readily available bricks, and you’ve got down the basics of using multiple chargers to charge mobile gadgets throughout the day.