Top-5 Ways to charge iPhone without a charger. Alternative ways to charge iPhone. Repair iPhone cable in 2024

Recently a number of iPhone users in the USA reached a record. Currently, there are about 1.3 billion gadgets in use from Apple. In just the first quarter of 2018, Apple sold more than 54 million iPhones all over the world. Now, let’s try to imagine how far Apple will reach by the end of the year. Impressive, isn’t it?

Table of Content

  • 1 How to charge your iPhone without a charger
  • 2 Alternative sources of power
    • 2.1 A wind generator
    • 2.2 Solar battery
    • 2.3 Dynamo charger
    • 2.4 Fire-charging
    • 2.5 A fruit battery
  • 3 Alternative ways to charge iPhone
    • 3.1 USB connector
    • 3.2 Wireless charger
    • 3.3 Battery case
  • 4 What to do if iPhone isn’t charging
  • 5 Other ways of charging an iPhone
    • 5.1 Using a non-Apple cable
    • 5.2 Direct charge
  • 6 What to avoid doing
  • 7 How to repair a damaged cable
  • 8 Conclusion

How to charge your iPhone without a charger

It is not a surprise for most that Apple is one of the most famous and successful mobile producers in the world. But, as you know, nothing is perfect and iPhone is no exception. In spite of its high quality, superb design, and a plenty of other advantages, there is a big problem with this brand which is connected to the battery charge and the charger itself, which is always breaking down. In more than 70% of cases users complain of their gadgets discharging entirely too quickly.

 What can be done right now?
  1. Check your phone battery status;
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  • Battery recondition course
  • DIY 3D Solar battery 
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3. Restore your battery and use the device without thinking that you do not have enough charge

What should you do if the iPhone runs out of charge and you have no charger at hand or it is broken? Today we are going to talk about 5 ways to charge the iPhone without the charger.

Alternative sources of power

In spite of warnings to only ever use original chargers, there are plenty of alternative gadgets that transform wind or thermal energy into electricity. There are lots of different situations in our life where it’s impossible to connect a device to electricity when it is out of charge. For example, it may happen while traveling, camping, visiting a friend, etc. Fortunately, there are ways to charge your iPhone without a charger, using alternative sources of energy. This is important information for those who are going to spend at least a couple of days anywhere there is no access to electricity.

A wind generator

A small wind generator is an excellent solution for the problem of charging your iPhone. Such a tool it is quite easy to purchase via the internet at any gadget store. Just connect your mobile to the wind generator when you are outside. The device works best if the weather is windy, but you may also use it while riding a bike, running, or just walking. Just connect your device and this tool and it will be charged. The windier it is outside, the faster your iPhone charges. On average it takes about 5-6 hours to reach a complete charge, but it also depends on the quality of the generator and how much wind there is.

Wind charger on a bike

Solar battery

The energy of the sun is one more fantastic way to charge the iPhone without the charger. Solar charged batteries are also available to purchase on the Internet. It’s much easier to use than the previous methods. All you need to do is put a portable solar battery in a sunny place for a while. After a few hours it will be full of energy and ready for charging!

When you find your iPhone battery is dying, connect it to the solar battery via USB and wait for it to charge. If you need more energy, just find more sun.

Solar power bank for iPhone

Dynamo charger

If you are not against simple exercise, you may charge your iPhone without the charger by simply moving. There are also lots of different versions of this gadget. All of them are available to buy online.

Using the USB cable, connect the device to your mobile and start turning the handle until your iPhone is full of charge. So easy!

Alternative ways to charge iPhone | Dynamo charger


This method is a little bit unusual and a creative way to charge your battery, but it does work. The way this tool functions is similar to the solar battery because it also turns thermal energy into power. But the source is heat from a pan or something like this. Attach the device to the pan while cooking and it will absorb the thermal energy and turn it into charging power.

Don’t forget to connect the iPhone via the USB and it will charge while you are cooking dinner.

Alternative ways to charge iPhone | Fire-charging iPhone

A fruit battery

If you are looking for the most creative and interesting way of charging an iPhone, here it is! A lemon battery. To create it, you need to collect some components. You need:
• About a dozen of the sour fruits. We will use lemon because it is the most suitable one. You may also use apples, oranges, etc.
• The same number of copper screws or copper coins for each fruit.
• Zinc nail for each fruit.
• Insulated copper wire.
• Rubber gloves to avoid shocks.
Warning: this method of charging may hurt your device, so use it only if you are ready for every outcome!
Step 1. Put a zinc nail into a fruit. Leave a small part of the nail outside to connect it with a wire.
Step 2. On the other side, insert a copper screw or coin, but don’t let them touch each other. If you are using a lemon, try to put the wire and screw into the same segment of the fruit.
Step 3. Do the same with other fruits.
Step 4. Using a copper wire connect lemons with each other to make a chain. Connect a copper detail of one fruit to the zinc one of another as it is shown in the picture below.

Alternative ways to charge iPhone | Fruit battery

Step 5. Take an unused USB and make a cut to get to the wires inside. Connect the wires to the fruit chain.
Step 6. Connect the iPhone and watch the miracle. Every fruit produces about a half of volt. So the more fruits you use, the faster your iPhone charges.

Keep in mind that you can’t use this method for a long time. Fruits lose their energy very quickly.
These methods are used in critical situations (especially the last one), when it is necessary to charge the iPhone, but you have no access to electricity.

Alternative ways to charge iPhone

But what do you do if you are at work or school, where it is quite hard to find a source of power such as a wind or sun. Moreover, you won’t be turning a handle while sitting, for example, at a conference and you won’t be running along corridors to make wind. What is much more impossible; you will never keep a dozen lemons and other parts in your bag to create a fruit battery. How do you charge an iPhone without a charger when it’s dead in such cases? There are some traditional methods of charging your gadget.

USB connector

If you have a laptop or computer at hand just connect the USB to the laptop and your iPhone will begin to charge. It will take you more time than using a power socket, but at least it is better than nothing.

Wireless charger

There are only two ways in which you can charge iPhone without cable. Here is one of them. This is quite an innovational kind of iPhone charging. This tool has many attractive advantages:
• It is value for money.
• It is lightweight and compact.
• Fast-charging (to be ready for use).
• Works without a USB.
Put your iPhone nearby and it will start charging. The only disadvantage of this thing is that iPhones can only be powered using an Apple-produced charger.

Wireless charger iPhone

Battery case

This is quite a popular device that can help you to charge iPhone without a cable. It looks like a simple case, but a little bigger because of the battery inside. If you need to charge your iPhone, just switch the device on and it will start charging. It can hold enough energy to charge the mobile for almost two days. It is important to take care of charging the case itself before leaving the house. Otherwise, it will become just a useless accessory.

iPhone battery case

What to do if iPhone isn’t charging

Sometimes none of the methods are working, and even the original charger doesn’t give a  result. There are many reasons for this problem, let’s discuss each of them:
• Software error. Sometimes iPhones’ software can’t recognize the charging process and the system doesn’t accept battery as being charged.
• Polluted input. This is a frequent problem for those who are accustomed to keeping their mobile in a pocket. Clean the input using a toothpick, but be very careful not to damage it.
• If your device is completely out of charge and after it is connected to electricity nothing happens, just wait. In about 10-15 minutes the iPhone will show the charging process on the screen.

If you have checked everything and nothing helped, the problem is more serious than it seems. The best thing you can do in this case is to bring your device to a service.

Other ways of charging an iPhone

Sometimes the problem of not charging is not the iPhone, but the USB cable that may not pass the electricity, so the charge never even reaches the battery. These are two the most undesirable methods of charging the iPhone:

Using a non-Apple cable

If you see that your device doesn’t react to charging with the original cable you may try another one, which is not produced by Apple. It is dangerous to do that, but never the less you will find out whether the problem is in the iPhone or in the cable. Of course, buying a new cable is quite expensive, but you will be sure that it won’t damage the battery or iPhone at all.

Direct charge

If none of the previous methods works, you have the last option: to charge the battery directly. This is the most dangerous way of charging iPhone battery, so the more careful you are, the better. Use rubber gloves, as you will have to deal with exposed wires.

Step 1. Take the iPhone apart and disconnect the battery.

Step 2. Take any charger and cut off the plug.

Step 3. Both of wires one by one connect to the battery which has pointers (blue means + and red means -).

Step 4. Tightly push the wires and fix them with insulating tape.

Step 5. If you did everything correctly, the device will start charging and, finally, it will be switched on.

What to avoid doing

There are some things that should never be done to your iPhone because they could damage the iPhone and even your health. Firstly, don’t use uncertified chargers for a long time. There are many accidents connected with burning and explosions of mobiles, the battery becoming unworkable, etc. Cheap chargers will only destroy the battery of your device, so it is better to pay more and use original charger.

Second, it is better not to try to take your device apart. As it has already been mentioned, it may be dangerous. And, as a result, you will end up going to the service, anyway. Third, don’t leave the iPhone still charging when the battery is full. It can actually damage your battery and cut its life short.

It is recommended to keep the battery on the middle level which is about 40-80%. Don’t let the iPhone become dead. This damages the battery and, also, cuts its life. Ideally, the battery has to be charged in a short period of time, but more often.

How to repair a damaged cable

If the charging cable is damaged, but the plug is ok, it is quite possible to repair the cable. Doing this can save you a lot of money.

So, firstly, cut off the plastic sheath of cable which covers the bigger end of the charger. Be sure that you are not cutting the plug itself. Then, take off about 2.5 cm of a protective winding and you will see 3 thick wires. Next, you have to cut off the protective cover of these wires. Connect the wires of both cable and plug according to colors. Then wrap the connections with the insulating tape. Finally, do the same with the last three wires and put insulating tape or shinking wrap on the cord. That’s all!


There are lots of different devices that can charge the iPhone, including some that can charge the iPhone in difficult situations. But it is better to use them only when it is really needed, as there is a chance of damage to your device. The most reliable and safest way to charge the iPhone is to use original charger!

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