How to Charge a Cell Phone From a 6-Volt Battery

by William Kinsey

Charging a cell phone with a 6-volt battery can be done, but it depends on the power requirement of the phone. Cell phones come with a wide range of power requirements. Some phones use 3.6 volts, 5.0 volts or more. A 6-volt battery is best suited for a cell phone requiring 5.0 volts. This minimizes the number of extra electronic components needed to connect the battery and the cell phone. Use the old cell phone charger for parts.

1

Take the old cell phone charger and cut the wire about 12 inches from the cell phone connector end of the charger. Throw away the transformer end that plugs into a wall outlet. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the ends of the electrical wire.

2

Locate the positive wire. The positive wire usually has a white stripe on it. The remaining wire is the negative wire.

3

Connect the positive wire to the positive terminal of the 6-volt battery by wrapping the stripped end around the positive terminal of the battery. Connect the negative wire to the negative terminal of the battery the same way.

4

Plug the cell phone connector end of the wire into the cell phone. Check the cell phone battery status indicator to verify that the cell phone is charging.

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About the Author

William Kinsey lives in Concord, N.C. He started writing articles in March 2009, which have appeared on Autos.com and CarsDirect.com. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He also has several years experience as an outside plant engineer and planner with AT&T. He also currently owns and operates Sophisticated Curves, an online fashion mall that caters to the needs of plus size women.

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