Google Nexus 9

This simple trick will charge your tablet way, way faster

Tablet computers generally have good battery life. Unless you’re using your device for hours on end, a tablet such as the Google Nexus 9 or Apple iPad will get you through a full day no problem.

But what about when you want to charge your tablet?

You’ll know the feeling – you’re eager to play on your tablet but you forgot to put it on charge the night before. Or, you only have 10 minutes to spare until you need to leave the house and you don’t want to have to stand by the wall to update your Facebook page, check the latest news or play the latest addictive game you downloaded.

Thankfully, the solution to faster charging is really rather simple:

Buy the fastest charger you can.

Wait, what?

Let’s get something clear – not all chargers are created equal.

You may have noticed that charging your tablet using your smartphone charger results in a slow-charge or that charging any device from the USB port on a computer also results in a slower charge than if connected to a wall socket. That’s because these chargers have a lower wattage. For example, a normal smartphone charger might  be 5W and a normal tablet charger might be 10W.

The higher the wattage, the faster the charge.

It’s important to note that all electronic devices are rated for a certain wattage. So if your device only accepts 5W or 10W, you’re out of luck. BUT, many devices will accept a higher wattage charger. Also your device will only draw the power it needs.

Here’s a run-down of some of the official manufacturer chargers you can use for your devices: The Amazon PowerFast Charger will charge the Fire phone, Kindle e-readers, and Fire tablet in less than 5 hours.The HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 will charge the HTC One (M8), HTC One remix, HTC One (E8) twice as fast as the normal charger. The Sony Quick Charger will charge the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact and give you 60 minutes of call time from a 10-minute charge.

Chances are, your tablet manufacturer has a fast charger on the market right now. But if they don’t, there are hundreds of aftermarket fast chargers to choose from.

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