December 7, 2023

The iPhone 15 fashions all characteristic USB-C ports on the underside. It’s the design change that many iPhone customers have been ready for. The port doesn’t additionally deliver quicker charging speeds than earlier iPhone generations. However iPhone 15 battery exams have proven that each mannequin can provide all-day battery life, with the Plus taking the crown.

Whereas many iPhone 15 homeowners may not fear about battery life, energy customers may at all times want further cost in the course of the day. And that’s the place a few of them may encounter an issue. It seems the iPhone 15’s USB-C port can pose an issue for some energy banks. Relatively than the exterior battery pack charging the handset, the iPhone 15 may really begin charging the facility financial institution as a substitute.

Due to the USB-C port, any iPhone 15 mannequin can recharge different devices at speeds of as much as 4.5W. Apple initially marketed the Apple Watch and AirPods as units that may profit from the characteristic. However iPhone 15 fashions may also recharge Android telephones, iPads, and different devices. Amongst them, Reddit customers discovered that some energy banks won’t recharge the iPhone. As a substitute, it’s the opposite means round.

A Reddit consumer stated they tried to make use of a brand new Anker battery to recharge the iPhone 15, however they discovered the iPhone started charging the facility financial institution as a substitute. MacRumors says different energy banks is likely to be equally impacted.

iPhone 15 fashions can recharge AirPods and Apple Watch by way of USB-C.v Picture supply: Apple Inc.

One Anker buyer heard from the corporate on a selected mannequin, the PowerCore Slim 10K PD. Apparently, the one option to recharge the iPhone 15 from the battery is to make use of a USB-A to USB-C cable.

This isn’t nice information. We’ve wished Apple to modify to USB-C so we are able to use solely USB-C to USB-C cables with all our devices. This predicament forces you to hold one other cable or a dongle with sure energy banks.

That is probably the results of what seems to be an oversight from Apple for the iPhone 15’s reverse charging characteristic, as we noticed with real-life experiments. There’s no menu within the Settings app to handle the characteristic. When connecting an iPhone 15 to a Pixel, testers discovered that both system may recharge the opposite, and all of it appeared random. The identical occurred with an iPhone 15 to iPad connection.

What Apple may do to repair this sudden difficulty is let the consumer determine when to make use of the iPhone 15 to recharge different units. Possibly a notification or immediate on the display screen would inform the consumer that the iPhone 15 can recharge an exterior system. In such a case, the consumer may simply block reverse charging and have the iPhone recharged as a substitute.