Probably the most important thing outside of your mobile phone (and literally connected to it) is your charger. We all have this constant need to be connected all the time so it just makes absolute sense: our mobile phone chargers are highly essential for us to function in this modern society.

To those who are old enough to remember the state of mobile chargers back in the day, do you still cringe when you recall them? Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see the evolution of mobile chargers through the years:

  • Around the 1980s, batteries weigh 1.1 pounds (495 g) and have a very limited 500 maH capacity. These batteries take up a lot of space with a volume reaching 66 cubic centimeters. That is one bulky battery and certainly not worth it given the fact that it takes 10 hours to fully charge one.
  • Then came the more compact chargers, weighing a bit less than their predecessors and requiring less space. It now has a capacity of 1,000 maH and just took a decent 4 hours to charge fully. At the time, 4 hours is already considered a breakthrough.

  • Classic wall chargers became the standard in which the next wave of chargers is measured. It works with Li-Ion batteries and can be connected using the integrated cable that it comes with or a USB cable. The best part is, it can fully charge a 14,000-maH capacity battery in just one hour.

  • The successor of classic wall chargers is the USB cable charger. It is lauded for its versatility because it has data-transferring capabilities aside from the usual stuff. The con If you’re using the USB cable charger is that it takes four hours to fully charge if you connect it to a computer instead of a power charger.

  • Power banks are game-changers since it’s portable and you don’t need a power outlet to charge your mobile phones. That’s why power-banks are must-haves for people who are always on the go, and I know some who carry 3 or 4 of these bad boys with them.
  • Mobile solar chargers and car chargers have been added to the roster of mobile chargers quite recently. For solar chargers, determining how many hours of direct sunlight you need to charge your phone rests on this formula: amperes per hour of the battery/amperes per hour of the charger + 10%. Car chargers come in different types including wireless chargers (General Motors and BMW have this feature), traditional charging capabilities, and USB ports. Whatever the case, it is powered by the car’s battery.

  • What if you find yourself without a charger in public? That’s not a problem. Just find yourself a public transport terminal, a convenience store, a coffee shop, or a gasoline station that has charging kiosks. Simply pick the compatible cable and fire away although you may need to wait a couple of hours or more to fully charge your mobile device.

  • Wireless chargers are gaining notoriety now because of, well, how cool they are. It uses no wires and instead, uses electromagnetic induction which the phone’s receiver coil converts into electricity to be fed into the battery. In general, wireless charging is slower than using cables but if you hate wires and cables as much I do, you’ll take the bad with the good. For family and office use, I recommend buying a wireless charging station that is compatible with your Android and Apple devices.

Needless to say, mobile charging has come a long way from bulky apparatus that looks straight from an alchemist’s lab to simple, sleek, and stylish devices that you can carry around everywhere.