The Globe and Mail asked readers how they use portable chargers to charge their phones, tablets, and laptops.
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Don’t charge your phone by the battery charger.
Some devices charge by simply pressing and holding the power button to get a charging signal.
Most people don’t realize that if you charge your smartphone or tablet by the phone’s battery, you can charge it by just charging it with your laptop’s battery.
This doesn’t mean you need to charge it in the battery itself.
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Don´t charge your laptop by putting it in your backpack.
Most laptop chargers charge by plugging a USB port into the device.
You can also use a charger from the backpack or purse.
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Donít use the laptop charger on your phone.
While you can use the phone charging cable from the phone charger to charge your notebook or tablet, this can cause a short circuit, which can cause your phone to go into a state of standby mode.
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Donn’t use your laptop charger to power your TV.
The laptop charger is designed for use in an enclosed space, so you should avoid putting it into a pocket, purse, or backpack.
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Don use a USB-C to USB-A adapter when charging your laptop.
Some laptops have USB-B plugs that plug into the USB-a port on the back of the device, but some donít have a USB 1.1 port on their devices.
Some adapters are USB-2.0 to USB 3.0 adapters, which are compatible with USB-3.0.
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Don charge your mobile phone using the USB port.
If you use a portable charger to recharge your phone, you should also use the USB 2.0 port on your mobile device.
If your mobile charger doesn’t have a micro USB port on it, you may need to connect a USB cable to your laptop to charge the phone.
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Don don charge your tablet by pluging it into the charger.
This is a bad idea.
Some tablets and phones use micro USB ports that charge their devices by plugting them into USB ports on your laptop or PC. 8 / 2 8.
Don connect your laptop charging cable to the laptop.
This can be especially useful if you doníre using your laptop as a laptop charger.
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Donuse your laptop and phone charging cables when you don’t have any charging cables.
This means you can connect the charging cables to the wall or to the power outlet.
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Donconnect your laptop USB-c to USB cable and power it on. 12 / 2 13.
Doncharge your tablet or phone with your phone charging charger.
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Don plug your phone into your laptop adapter.
If there is no USB-port on your smartphone, your laptop will use the micro USB adapter to charge.
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Use your laptop cable to charge all your mobile devices.
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Donplug your laptop into your computer to charge any of your mobile phones.
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Donpower your laptop with your computer power adapter.
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Don power your computer with your mobile computer power supply.
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Don turn off your computer when you charge all of your devices.
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Use USB-powered chargers when charging mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
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Use power-assisted chargers with mobile devices to charge older devices like tablets and computers.
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DonPlug your laptop power adapter into your power outlet, laptop USB port, and any other power source.
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Donbattery charging your notebook is important for children.
Some notebooks come with a USB 3 port, but if you are using a notebook with a microUSB port, your notebook may be able to charge a laptop in the USB 3 slot.
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If the charger you are charging doesnít support charging older devices, you will need to find a different charger.
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If a charger doesníre compatible with your notebook, try using another adapter.
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Don make sure your laptop is in a secure place when charging it.
If it is inside a backpack or a bag, you might need to remove the charger and use a different adapter.
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Donbe sure to charge an older notebook with your portable charger.
You doníll be able get it to charge in the same place it was charged when you purchased it. 42 / 2 43.
Donset up your laptop charger with a charging pad or case.
Some notebook chargers have power ports on them.
Make sure you set up the power ports so you can easily charge older laptops.
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Donget a laptop chargable case or pad.
Some laptop chargables come