Published on Sunday, September 26th, 2021
If you own an older model phone, whose battery drains or struggles to hold a charge, you're going to want to read this.
Up until recently, my trusty iPhone 5 was working just fine. Sure, it has a small crack in the screen, but otherwise, I had no issues. Uber, Instagram, and all my messaging apps worked great, and I had no need or desire to upgrade to the "latest and greatest." After all, it's just a phone.
However, something strange started to happen about 3 months back. My once fast and reliable phone suddenly stopped charging as effectively. I would leave it charging all night, only to unplug it and have the battery drain in less than a few hours. There is more stressful than being out and about and seeing that red battery icon glaring back at you.
What's worse, my apps and data streaming also began to slow to a crawl. It took me forever to get on to Facebook and forget trying to watch anything on YouTube.
So I did what anyone would do in my situation: took my phone to the Genius Bar at Apple. After waiting for over 45 minutes, a hipster with multiple piercings greeted me and then proceeded to examine my phone.
No surprise, they couldn't seem to find anything wrong with my phone but tried to hard sell me on an upgrade to the $1,499 iPhone X, which they assured me was the "fastest and most reliable" device on the market. However, I wasn't in the market for a pocket computer that costs more than my first car, so I politely declined.
I went home and did some research, and was amazed at what I read on various forums and blogs. It seems that it is actually well documented that major phone companies purposefully slow down old phones in an attempt to push consumers to upgrade to newer devices. This has been documented by a Harvard study, as well as major publications such as CNN, CNET, NBC, and even Apple themselves!
As I was reading through the countless complaints and angry posts related to this, I stumbled across a link to a charging product that claimed to be the solution to this very problem.
The ChargeBoost is a special charging device, developed by a grad student at MIT, that comes with an adapter that attaches to the back of your phone. It's super thin, you can fit a case over it, and it instantly turns any phone (Apple, Samsung, Nokia, etc.) into a wireless-charging capable device. Once the adapter is attached, you can wirelessly charge your phone on the super sleep charging pad or car adapter that comes with it, and your phone will charge up in minutes.
What's even more impressive is that by delivering the charge wirelessly, most phones will see a massive improvement in battery life, data streaming, and overall performance.
Given how new this technology was, I assumed this product would cost a few hundred dollars. After all, a wireless charging setup from Samsung costs well over $150. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that the complete package was selling for $49.99. That's a much more reasonable investment than the new iPhone!
I decided to give it a try. I ordered the ChargeBoost and it arrived in a little over 1 week. The packaging was very nice, and I opened up the box to find the adapter and charger, along with detailed instructions.
I attached the adapter to the back of my phone, plugged in the charging pad, and set my phone down with about 25% battery. It immediately displayed the charging icon! My old iPhone was wirelessly charging!
I left the phone to charge and came back ~20 minutes later to find it had completed the charge. This was way faster than my old plug. Now it was time for the test:
Day 1: Took the phone out for the day, and returned home with 25% battery remaining!
Day 3: Was able to stream Netflix for almost 45 minutes on the train to work, and still had enough battery for the majority of the day (did need to recharge when I got home from work though)
Day 7: Noticing that all of my chat/messaging apps and social media apps are much faster
Day 14: Phone works like new. I charge it at night, or for a few minutes throughout the day if I forget, and it holds the charge all day
I am so fortunate I found out about ChargeBoost and didn't waste a ton of money upgrading to a phone I didn't want or need. I'd encourage everyone else who's in a similar to give it a try. The company has a satisfaction guarantee, so if it doesn't work you can just send it back to them, no questions asked.
ChargeBoost works with all phone models including Apple, Android, LG, HTC, Motorola and just about any other phone on the market.
After posting this article initially, ChargeBoost sold out in just a few days. They just recently produced additional units, however, their inventory is extremely limited and in high demand. We strongly encourage you to visit their website to check availability.