Is it safe charging your smartphone with generator electricity?

Is it safe charging your smartphone with generator electricity?
Every smartphone must be charged once the battery is down. The two major source of electricity to most people are either through the power company or the use of petrol powered generators.

There has been a lot of cases where the smartphone chargers are damaged while plugged to charge in generator powered electricity. So, this makes me wonder if it's safe for the phone batteries as well?


I believe that it is not safe to charge your phone to the generator. I used to charge my phone before and it was not working well anymore. The battery was broken because of the electricity coming from the generator.
Posted by mark86 on 11-23-2018
Normally the current from generators is not measured as with electricity. Sometimes more current than needed comes into your smartphone. It may cause damage either to the smartphone, battery or charger. Avoid charging on generaors.
Posted by stbrians on 11-23-2018
I think that it depends on the generator being used. Some generators can cause voltage fluctuations that could be harmful to a smartphone even if one uses a voltage regulator. It's best to charge Smartphones using a normal electrical outlet.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 11-23-2018
Base on what I've experienced before in our province that time was after the typoon so we don't have electricity, we don't have any choice but to use a generator to charge our phone to communicate are relatives that was worrying in our situation. I notice that when use a generator in charging your battery can easily be full but easy to drain also so meaning, it is not really good in our phone.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 11-23-2018
Oh, really? That's should be a warning to those who are planning to charge their phones using a generator. Well, I guess you didn't have a choice since there are no other source of electricity and you needed to communicate with your relatives.
Posted by theresajane on 11-27-2018
Exactly. I had the same issue for about a month. We had electricity problems and my family had to use generators for supply. We noticed the batteries charged really fast, but they also were losing charge super fast, and eventually all our batteries had to be replaced, because they looked somehow overused. So personally, I suggest you guys to keep charging your phones in the regular way.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-30-2018
I don't think it is safe to charge a phone to generator. Although it serves as a power source, its contents pr voltage may cause harm to our batteries because the current flow inside of it may not be suited to our batteries. Better use a regular outlet just to be safe.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-23-2018
It is better if you the use the power provided by your service provider. Petrol/Diesel powered generators are temporary providers of electric power. It is not recommended to charge sensitive devices such phones, laptops, iPads using such power. Better wait for the electricity to be restored and then charge your mobile. There might be voltage fluctuations which can result in grave damages to your mobile.
Posted by kaushikangara on 11-23-2018
I can’t say that I know the exact answer to this, but I can only go by what seems logical to me. I’m guessing that it would depend on the level of electricity that is being output by the generator. If you’re outputting a higher voltage than the charger can take, then you’re likely going to burn out the charger. I only assume this because when my family moved to Europe from the U.S, my parents took a device with them that only ran on 120V. They didn’t use a power converter, and when they plugged it into the European 220V electricity, it killed the device.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-23-2018
I have not experienced charging my phone using a generator so I really do not have an idea. Do generators have fluctuating voltage output? Won't that damage other appliances as well?
Posted by iambeth on 11-23-2018
I also don't know that it affects the phone as I haven't tried charging my phone with the generator on.
Posted by theresajane on 11-23-2018
I don't think charging your phone with a generator is safe. There is a certain voltage which phone chargers needed to be able to charge properly. This level of electricity should be low just like our home outlets so it's safe. Unlike using a generator, the electricity is not regulated or filtered to be used as a low voltage source of energy. In some appliances though, it's fine to use it since generator is made for those when there is a black out.
Posted by gutzman on 11-23-2018
My mother has told me to never charge my phone with generator electricity. I agree with her. Generators are unstable pieces of equipment. They run on fuel motors which do not give a stable source of electricity due to the nature of petrol or diesel. They might give too much electricity in some intervals. By experience, I know that electronics are pretty sensitive and too much voltage can destroy the components (that is why when we work with the insides of our computer, we often need to ground ourselves first). The excess voltages of electricity could destroy the batteries of the phones (this is why phone chargers have AC adapters, to lower the voltage).
Posted by axl2468 on 11-23-2018
Our smartphone have the capacity of the current that it allows in and the one it releases. The charger too has a capacity. When you use a generator the regulation of current may not be good. It ends up damaging the phone
Posted by stbrians on 11-23-2018
Well, I learned this the hard way, by replacing my battery that looked somehow overused after using generator power. Apparently it is something related to the volt difference between regular electricity and generators. More than damaging your phone, it damages your battery, but obviously there is the potential issue of getting your phone completely burned or whatever.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-30-2018
I don't think that you can charge a phone directly using a generator. I think that you can connect the generator to the power and than charge the phone. This way seems completely legit to me. I think that generator electricity is perfectly safe. If the generator goes off your electricity will just go off and your phone will be protected. I see absolutely no problem with this way of charging your phone. Most homes have a cutoff that protects the house in case of any fire.
Posted by jaymish on 11-23-2018
Well, if it does have an average voltage then I guess it's fine to do so.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 11-23-2018
It could be safer to charge a phone in a generator if you would not connect to it directly. Instead, connect an AVR to the generator and plug you charger into the AVR. This way, fluctuations would be regulated before it even reach your phone. This can also be used in plugging in refrigerators.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-23-2018
I have actually not experienced using generators to charge my phone. Reading the comments from this thread is such an eye opener for me.
Posted by theresajane on 11-23-2018
I'm not too sure but it probably is not that safe for your phone, as I also have a few devices that allow me to charge a phone but the warnings on them say that I should not charge the phone while the charger itself is plugged in and acquiring energy. I have a feeling that this might be a similar case in that the regulation of electricity is less stable when these are the sources.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-23-2018
From my experience, it's a really really bad idea. I have seen people lose their phones to a shortcircuit or some other electrical fault, all because they had to charge their phones using a generator. My advice is to avoid it altogether. But if you absolutely must use a generator to charge your phone, do well to have an electricity regulator plugged in. The raw power produced by generators just isn't the best thing for your phone.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-23-2018
I have no idea to be honest! I've never been in a position where that was my only option. From the sounds of other comments it can be dangerous though so I think I would avoid it, just to be safe!
Posted by amelia88 on 11-23-2018
I am going to count on that the generator's output is similar to line voltage. If so, when you plug your charger in to it the output of the charger can also be the equal. Consequently your phone can be safe.
Posted by jetselle on 11-23-2018
Based from experience, I can say that charging your phone with generator electricity is not good because the electricity that it produces is flactuating. Which means that the electricity that flows into your phone does have different intensity. It is harmful because it damages the battery of the phone.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-23-2018
I can even imagine that a phone could explode with the use of generator in charging. I must be just overthinking, but the risk is very high.
Posted by theresajane on 11-30-2018
I think it it safe to charge your phone even if there seems to be no electricity and you have like powerbank or say generator. Because it's after all 5V input and the 2A that goes inside the phone. So there should not be any issue on that. I'd be definitely making use of the generator electricity or powerbank to work this one out.
Posted by overcast on 11-24-2018
So far, I haven't experienced any problems regarding charging on generator generated electricity. We have one in my office area, every time there's a black out we used it. But I am also thinking that we should we put into account what generator is being used. Maybe there are generators that can cause damage to gadgets and appliances? We should really check first the generator.
Posted by Alymae on 11-24-2018
I really don't know the answer. But based on the comments above it looks like it's not safe to charge your phones to generators.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 11-24-2018
I believe it is not safe because of the electricity coming from a generator is unstable or fluctuating and that can cause damage not only to the battery of the phone but also the phone itself. It's best to go to a friends house or one must have a power bank just to charge the phone rather than risking it on a generated electricity.
Posted by Marako0406 on 11-24-2018
I don't have any concrete stats on this question, however I do see a lot that could go wrong with charging any mobile device via generator. The irregularity in power flow alone could damage it or cause it to go haywire.
Posted by NickJ on 11-24-2018
Base of what I have read in the comments I also think no beacause the electricity from generators have higher I'm not sure if it's velocity and batteries of phone only have a certain or specific voltage and I think the electricity from generators does not match to it, maybe that's the reason why some phones get cracked.
Posted by agbuyarashel on 11-25-2018
I can't say much because I haven't tried it yet. But as far as I know, these petrol generators power up home appliances the same so what's the difference with a mobile phone. I never hear any reports that power supplied home appliances suffered breakdown from using this.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 11-25-2018
Power voltage discharged by a generator is not stable.It fluctuates.This makes it not safe for the phone and its batery.Where there is enough sunlight,solar is safer although it it doesn't work well like electricity.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-27-2018
Every smartphone need quality power, The output from the generator contains some fluctuation in voltage and this may cause damage to battery and may be your smartphone also.Instead of generator you can charge in inverter , It is more safe than generator.
Posted by csk81 on 11-28-2018
I agree with you. Cellphone chargers are designed to connect from a quality source of electricity. Though you can still charge your phones from generator, it is not safe for your device and may cause serious damage to your gadget.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 11-29-2018
This is true alot of gadget gets blown by generators it seem its voltage get too high for small devices that it why they get damaged easily. so using the right source of power should be good.
Posted by lovely on 12-06-2018
I never charge my phone using generator because as I can observe from my cousin's phone it gets damage easily. And the battery is easily drained as well so I never tried charging my phone using a generator.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 11-30-2018
I also have never tried charging my phone from a generator. The sound of the generator alone scares me. I don't want to risk my hard-earned smartphones for an electricity generated because of black out. I would prefer to wait for the electricity to come back instead.
Posted by theresajane on 11-30-2018
I'm under the impression that generator power is "dirty" electricity. Meaning our devices aren't made to be connected to this source. They were designed to be plugged into a stable source of electricity. It's only a temporary source of electricity and it's fluctuating in power (not that safe for electronics). Imagine drinking water at huge chunks at random times. You'd choke. This is why I only charge using generator power when it's for an emergency.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 11-30-2018
I am not an electrical engineer but my take on the charging of the phone is the stable current of the electricity. If the electric power is coming from a generator it can ruin the battery of the phone when there is a surge because generators can lose its stability with the current that it is producing. In order to play safe when charging your phone with a generator is to use a surge protector
Posted by Corzhens on 11-30-2018
The question of if it's good or bad for one to charge ones phone with generator or not often make me wonder if there are two types of current/voltage: the one generated by the power companies, and the one generated by generators. But since I know there's no such things as types of currents, I do not think there's anything wrong with charging a phone with generator , since it is the same electric current with the one generated by the power companies.

However, I think what causes damage to phones charged with generators are the fluctuation in voltage, with may be below or way above the required amount. This issue is common place with generators than it is with power-company-generated electricity.
Posted by mosesoscar on 12-01-2018
I charge my phone all the time with electricity so I'm sire it the best form because I have no problem using it.Generator. isn't bad but I think using electric light is the best bet.
Posted by lovely on 12-04-2018
I don't have idea for this but I think it is not safe. It's better if you just charge it not by the electricity of generator just to be safe. It might not work after wards so it's better to be safe than sorry. You may want to deeply research for it and ask questions to some of folks who have that knowledge
Posted by nekonieden on 12-14-2018