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Tips to Extend life of your Power Bank

Everyone enjoys traveling far away, but sometimes the phone's charge also runs out while covering that distance and so to stay away from this problem, people take power banks with them. This is why power banks have become essential for those who need to charge their mobile devices on the go. And with this, as the use of mobile devices continues to grow, mobile power banks have become an essential accessory for many people. Power bank chargers become a must-have item whenever power outlets are not readily available - especially if you are traveling, working from a cafe or staying out for long periods of time.


Extend life of your Power Bank

So if you are using a power bank, but you would also like to get the most out of your gadget? A good power bank should give reliable service for about three to five years with proper care. In this blog, we will tell you ways to maximize the life of your power bank so that you can get the most out of it.


Introducing Power Banks

Power bank is a type of battery or portable charger which you can use to charge many gadgets like your mobile device or laptop. Power bank runs on lithium battery and its size is almost the same as your smartphone and hence it is very easy to carry with you. Its use is also easy, just USB cable and nowadays wireless is also available with which you can connect your gadget to the power bank and charge it easily.


Tips to Extend the Battery Life of Your Power Bank


#1 Trusted brands

Whenever you think of purchasing a power bank, first of all, look for a brand which you can trust and for this you can ask your friends or family, along with this it is also important to read reviews so that you can know how satisfied people are with it.


#2 Keep it Cool

Everyone says that keep any electronic item as far away from heat as possible because heat is the enemy of electronics and hence take care of the heat whenever you are charging or discharging the power bank. Along with this, keep it away from sunlight and from any hot things and places.

According to Anker, their optimal operating temperature range is typically between 0°C and 45°C (32°F and 113°F). So, when your power bank isn't charging a device, keep it someplace cool and dry places.


#3 Use Quality Cables and Adapters

Usually, a cable comes with the power bank but if you don’t get one then you will have to buy a cable from a good reliable brand and an adapter along with it so that you can charge the power bank. You may not give it much thought, but using a cheap or inferior cable can negatively impact your phone and your power bank.

First, check the labeling on your power bank to understand its battery capacity and what input/output voltage and current it supports. Most power banks can use a 5V/2A or 9V/2A charger for faster charging. If you travel internationally a lot, you should choose a charger that works with a wide input range of 100-240 volts. This way, it will be compatible with power outlets wherever you go.


For the cable, choose a cable rated at 3A or higher so that it doesn’t interrupt the charging process. Choose a trusted brand for cables and adapters and it’s always a good idea to look for user reviews and certifications to ensure its quality.


#4 Proper Charging and Discharging Techniques

After purchasing a power bank, read its charging indicators carefully and try to charge the power bank only up to 80% and use it at most 20% .

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in power banks do not need to be fully drained before recharging, while older nickel-cadmium batteries have a "memory effect" where they perform better when fully drained. Also, avoid keeping your battery at 100% for long periods of time. Once the power bank is fully charged, it's a good idea to unplug it so as not to put unnecessary strain on the battery.


#5 Avoid Overloading

Overloading a power bank can cause your power bank to overheat and damage it. Although you can connect multiple devices to a power bank, try to charge only one device at a time, as this can generate excessive heat and damage the battery. Also, avoid using your power bank while it is charging, because when you plug a device into a power bank that is charging itself, you are asking it to do two energy-intensive tasks at once – charging itself and powering your device. This is known as pass-through charging. This dual task can create excess heat in the power bank's lithium-ion battery, and this extra thermal stress can cause the battery cells to degrade faster over time.


#6 Never Drop Your Power Bank

Sometimes power banks are accidentally dropped and the impact can damage the PCB and other components, making it difficult to use the power bank again. To avoid this misfortune, handle your power bank carefully. And if you do drop it, don't forget to check for damage before using it again. If there are any cracks or exposed wires in the casing, stop using it immediately and get another power bank.


But as many power banks have a very slippery surface that makes them difficult to handle, you may want to consider using a protective case for your power bank. Not only does it look good, but a good protective cover can go a long way in providing a comfortable buffer against accidents and reducing the risk of damage.


#7 Use Regularly

If you are waiting to use the power bank when you go somewhere, then don't do this, try to use the power bank from time to time as not using it can affect its performance and lifespan. Even if it is more, try to use it at least once or twice a month. This will help maintain the health of the battery and ensure that it will be in good condition when you need it.

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