I just bought a New Trent IMP99D external battery, to keep my phone alive while gaming during long-haul flights. It has two USB ports to connect to, one which supplies 1 amp at 5 volts, another which supplies 2 amps at 5 volts.

The instruction manual says to connect smartphones to the 1-amp port, and any iPad 2's to the 2-amp port.

Is there any harm, or do I incur any inefficiencies, if I connect my iPhone 4S to the 2-amp port instead of the recommended 1-amp port?


When I travel, I only bring my iPad charger and use it interchangeably with my iPhone 4 without noticing any battery life performance and by that extension it should be the same for iPhone 4s.

Apple's website seems to confirm this; For the 10W USB iPad charger - "It also charges iPhone and all iPod models with a dock connector."


It should be fine, the iPhone has built in safeguards and using the iPad charger wont incur any real damage

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  • Welcome to Ask Different! Can you add a citation for this? – Nathan Greenstein Jan 18 '12 at 1:57

It will destroy your battery if you do that for a long time... Mine exploded when I plugged it in after a while of using it! CAUTION!!!!

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