Can a battery charger be too powerful for a rechargeable battery?

I got the impression that a regular iPhone charger can charge the iPhone and the iPhone won't become too hot while charging, and the charging time is standard, but if using the 10W iPad charger to charge the iPhone, then it is 2A and it can make the iPhone hotter while charging and the charging time will be less?

But I = V / R, so V is the same at 5V, and R is the same, so it seems like I should be the same, and it shouldn't affect charging time or making the iPhone become hotter?

Unless if the standard iPhone charger outputting 5W is below the required power, and so it is charging with a lower than needed power, so when the iPad charger is used, then now more current will in fact go through, and so up to a point, when a 50W, 100W, or 300W charger is used, it will all be the same?

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A) Batteries are not resistors, and B) the charger will adjust the voltage slightly to try and set the current. – immibis Oct 28 '14 at 2:21
Modern phone charging arrangements are not simple: the phone (and possibly the charger) has a bunch of smartness to manage the battery. It's unlikely that connecting a charger which can deliver more current will make any difference: if it does make a difference it will be because the battery-management firmware decided that was OK. – tfb Jun 5 at 10:27

Any phone charger has an internal resistance, $R_{int}$, so when you try and pull current from it there is a drop in the charger voltage of $IR_{int}$. The higher the current the larger the drop, and this ultimately limits the current the charger can produce. A higher current charger will have a lower internal resistance so more current can be drawn from it before it's voltage drops too far to be effective.

When you connect your iPhone to the iPhone charger the question is whether the current is limited by the charger capacity or whether the iPhone controls how much power it draws. If it's limited by charger capacity then connecting your iPhone to an iPad charger will draw more current and cause more heating. Whether this is the case or not I don't know: presumably the Apple forums can help.

Note that Lithium batteries are particularly sensitive to heating, and elevated temperature will reduce their life. So i'd want to be absolutely sure using an iPad charger won't overheat your iPhone before I'd connect it.

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so you mean R for the device (such as iPhone) is one thing, but the charger also add to this R in series – 太極者無極而生 Aug 24 '12 at 17:11
Of course, if the supply is regulated (which it probably is, either outside or inside the phone) then the internal resistance can effectively be zero for a wide range of currents. – tfb Jun 5 at 10:32

A battery has certain energy holding capacity. It can store energy supplied to it at a certain rate. This is the 'mAh' rating. i.e., when you recharge a 12V, 100mAh battery, it takes 1 hour to charge if you supply 100mA at 12V. If you supply more 500mAh, it takes 12 mins to fully recharge. If you use a charger of 500mAh, 12V, for recharging 100mAh, 12V, it takes less time. But, the amount of current flow is high. Let us consider the load resistance(ipod resistance) as constant(which is not as it is a semi-conductor device, used for explaining this problem). The power loss in a resistance is I^2*R. This is high if you use a 500mAh charger. The power loss is appeared as heat in a circuit with resistance.

BTW, some batteries just short(lose the capacity of holding energy) if you use a high capacity charger.

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protected by Qmechanic♦Jun 5 at 6:20

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