How to Charge Your iPhone without a Charger

By January 12, 2016

We all have trouble with our chargers from time to time. Perhaps you left yours at home while you traveled to the other side of the world. Maybe your younger siblings jumped rope with it and broke it into a million pieces. Luckily, there are alternative ways to charge your iPhone.

Steps

Common Misconceptions
In order to charge your iPhone, you will need either an Apple-brand iPhone cable or a third-party charging cable that is compatible with an iPhone. You can then plug this cable into a computer, or into a USB wall-charger.
There are lots of hoax videos that claim to allow you to charge using residual energy from other objects, or by plugging your device into fruit. These are false, and can even cause damage to your iPhone.

Method 1 of 3: Repairing Your Charging Cable

Cut the casing away from the large end of the charger
1.Cut the casing away from the large end of the charger. Carefully cut away the plastic casing that houses the large end of the charger.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Cut the cable where it is broken

2.Cut the cable where it is broken. Make sure that you don’t cut the base of the plug.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Strip away the protective rubber

3.Strip away the protective rubber. On the cable side of the cut, strip away about an inch of the protective rubber casing. This will expose the three wires that make the cable.
You should also see the same three wires exposed on the plug as well.
You may need to strip away a foil layer to see the three wires.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Strip away the protective casing for each of the wires

4.Strip away the protective casing for each of the wires. This will expose the metal filaments that make the wire. Make sure you don’t sever these metal filaments while stripping the protective casing.
Strip the ends of both the cable side and the plug side.

Twist together the corresponding wires for the cable and plug

5.Twist together the corresponding wires for the cable and plug. Match the colors of the protective casing and twist the matching wires together.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Wrap each individual connection in electrical tape

6.Wrap each individual connection in electrical tape. Cover all of the exposed metal for each connection. This will prevent the exposed wires from touching each other and shorting the connection.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Wrap all three wires together with electrical tape

7.Wrap all three wires together with electrical tape. This will help keep all the wires in place and secure.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Slide heat-shrink tubing over the new connection

8.Slide heat-shrink tubing over the new connection. You can find this tubing at electronic supply stores like Radio Shack, or use a rubber replacement like sugru. This will help protect the connection, but is not necessary.

Method 2 of 3: Using Alternative Chargers

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Purchase a wind turbine

1.Purchase a wind turbine. A small wind turbine can be an excellent way to charge your phone. There are a number of new options available from online retailers.
Strap the wind turbine to your phone. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, connect the wind turbine to your phone.
Charge your phone. Once your wind turbine is connected to your phone, take it along with you as you walk, run, or bike; alternatively, if it is windy, you can simply take your phone outside. The wind will charge your phone, typically in about five to six hours.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Purchase a solar-powered charger

2.Purchase a solar-powered charger. Solar power can be a fantastic way to charge your phone, and it’s environmentally friendly, too! There are several options available from online retailers.
Leave your charger in the sun. Set your solar-powered charger somewhere in the sun. It will store energy for later use.
Charge your phone. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, connect your phone to the charger. Now you have power – and if you need more, you simply need to find more sun!

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Purchase a hand-crank machine

3.Purchase a hand-crank machine. If you’re up for a little exercise, you can use your own muscle power to charge your phone! A number of options are available from online retailers.
Crank or wind your device. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, crank or wind your machine until you’ve collected enough energy for your iPhone.
Plug in your phone. Plug your phone into your hand-crank machine, and crank some more. It typically takes about two to three hours to charge a phone this way.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Purchase a campfire charger

4.Purchase a campfire charger. There are several chargers that can attach to your camping pots and pans that absorb heat from your campfire and turn it into energy. You can set the pot on the campfire and plug the cable into your iPhone, charging it while you cook dinner.

Method 3 of 3: Building a Fruit Battery

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Gather your materials

1.Gather your materials. In order to make a fruit battery that has any hope of actually charging your device, you will need several components. Note: this has the potential to damage your device, so only proceed if you are ready to accept any possible risks. You will need:
About a dozen acidic fruits, such as citrus, apples, or pears.
A copper screw or penny for each piece of fruit. If you are using pennies after 1982, they will need to be sanded to expose the copper.
A zinc (galvanized) nail for each fruit.
Insulated copper wire.
Rubber gloves. Make sure to wear these at all times to prevent getting shocked.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Insert a zinc nail into the first fruit

2.Insert a zinc nail into the first fruit. Make sure that you leave a little bit of the nail exposed so that you can connect the wire to it.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Insert the copper piece into the fruit

3.Insert the copper piece into the fruit. Insert the copper piece near the zinc nail, but do not let them touch or the battery will short. If you are using citrus fruit, try to get both objects into the same segment of fruit.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Repeat the process for all the fruit

4.Repeat the process for all the fruit. Insert the objects into the rest of the fruit. Take care to ensure that none of the metal pieces touch each other when inserting them.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Connect the fruit with the copper wire

5.Connect the fruit with the copper wire. Use the copper wire to connect each fruit into a circuit. Connect a wire from the copper piece of one fruit to the zinc of another. Connect the copper piece on the second fruit to the zinc of the third, and so on.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Cut open your USB charging cable

6.Cut open your USB charging cable. Cut the large end of the charging cable off to reveal the wires inside the cable. Connect the power wires to the end of the fruit chain that you have created.

Charge Your iPhone without a Charger:Plug the charger into your iPhone

7.Plug the charger into your iPhone. Each piece of fruit should be producing about half a volt, which should add up to the five volts you need to charge the device. You likely won’t be able to charge for very long using this method.
As the zinc dissolves in the fruit, it releases zinc ions, which releases energy. The zinc ions also reduce copper ions, which releases more energy. When combined in a circuit, they release enough energy to charge the device.

Comments (35)

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  1. These are great ideas how to charge your phone 🙂

  2. I pointed the fruit for when the apocalypse arrives! 🙂 big ideas thanks!

  3. The his is awesome!

  4. Awesome tips and very handy during the zombie apocalypse!

  5. Very useful information!

  6. Very handy tips, bookmarked page.

  7. This is interesting.

  8. This looks great

  9. great

  10. amazing

  11. Nice tips

  12. Wow, wonderful

  13. Very cool!!

  14. Good Stuff

  15. This is interesting! I never thought some of these could happen!

  16. Looks kinda dangerous… but very useful nonetheless. I will bookmark this page in case I need to get back to it since the cable on our charger is about to go.

  17. Great tips and funny ideas))) thanks)

  18. Hope I never lose my charger

  19. lemons will be the hottest item when the apocalypse goes down.

  20. this is great info==thanks for sharing it

  21. love the wind turbine idea

  22. Interesting and informative. As dependent as we are on batteries to run our lives, very useful tips.

  23. So, if life gives me lemons I’m to make an iPhone charger?!

  24. Interesting tips Thank you 🙂

  25. Looks great like to have one !!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Cool!

  27. Thanks for the great tips. My first solar-powered charger is on its way and I’m going to look for a good affordable hand-crank machine.

  28. Great tips thanks ?

  29. Interesting and funny ideas 🙂

  30. Those are really creative waves to charge your phone without a charger!

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