A mobile phone has become a person’s extension to the outside world – work, personal life and professional life are all coursed through your mobile phone. You can just imagine how bad your day will go if, for some reason, you forgot to charge your mobile phone and it runs out of battery in the middle of the day. And to top it off, you forgot to bring your charger with you.
The above situation is something that we have all experienced at one time or another. You may think that it is hopeless unless someone next to you has a charger that will fit your phone exactly. But there’s also another solution. With a little ingenuity you can actually charge your phone without using a charger.
One of the easier fixes is to use either your laptop or a desktop PC. If you happen to bring the syncing cable for your phone, bring it out. Turn your phone off and attach the cable to your phone. Now attach the other end of the syncing cable to your laptop or desktop PC’s USB slot. If you use a laptop, you may already use a software to sync your phone’s data to your laptop. Do so and once a connection is made between your laptop and your phone, your phone will begin getting a charge from the laptop’s USB port. This is a slow process though because the power is being siphoned from the laptop’s battery. To avoid creating another problem, make sure that your laptop is connected to an electrical outlet when charging your phone in this manner. You wouldn’t want your laptop to run out of battery as well.
You are going to use the same method if you want to charge your phone using a desktop PC. This may offer a faster charging time because the desktop PC directly gets power from the outlet.
A more drastic measure is to actually DIY a makeshift charger. Use the cable that you have and remove the insulation, taking care not to cut the wires inside the insulation. Once the wires are exposed, you will see four of them. Take the black colored and red colored wires and gently take off their insulation. After you’ve done this, take out your phone and open the battery compartment. Remove the battery and locate the positive and negative contacts – these are properly marked with a + and – sign next to them. Take the black wire and place it on the negative contact and get the red wire and attach it to the positive contact. Now gently replace the battery into phone, making sure that the wires are trapped in between the battery’s contacts and the phone’s terminal points. Now you can begin charging your phone.
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Great McGyver-ing article!