Being stuck somewhere with a dying phone battery and no way to charge it is never a good time. You never want to be without a phone or a device in case of an emergency. Cue your personal superhero – power banks.
If you want to get the most out of your power bank as possible (and help it last as long as possible), here are four easy to remember power bank tips.
Know What You Buy
Not every power bank is created equal. Some are capable of charging a phone once or twice, while others are capable of charging multiple devices multiple times. Some are much bigger and heavier than others, while others are much more portable. In addition to different capacities and sizes, the type of battery can also differ in power banks. Lithium-ion batteries are cheaper but can have a limited capacity, whereas lithium-polymer are generally more expensive, but are better in terms of capacity and longevity.
Use it Regularly
If you want your power bank to operate as best as possible, you should be sure to use it fairly regularly. However, if you leave it sitting for too long without using it, it can negatively affect the bank’s ability to charge at full capacity. So if you don’t need to use it, it can be valuable to run a simple charge and discharge cycle once a month. This will help to maintain the battery and keep it in the best condition possible.
Use in the Right Weather and Temperature
Just like many electronic devices, power banks perform best in normal or neutral temperatures. If you are trying to use it in the freezing cold or in the boiling hot, you will likely be doing damage to the device, even if you don’t notice it. For the best result and least possible damage, you should use it in a ventilated area, between the temperatures of around 30-90 degrees. Anything hotter or colder and you run this risk of damaging the power bank. When it comes to storage, you should always aim to store it in a cool and dry place, as well.
Ensure it is Compatible With Your Device
Different devices and gadgets have different requirements for charging. Most phones need a current input of 1A to charge, while larger devices might need up to 2.1A to charge. As a result, you need to find a bank with the right input current for the device you are wanting to use it for. Many power banks will have two separate ports so they can charge everything, but not all of them have that second port. Keeping an eye out for voltage outputs is also important. Alternatively, you can look out for power banks with adaptive charging technology like our iSmart 2.0 technology. It ensures that no matter the input your device needs, our power banks supply it. It’s handy and automatic.
If you are a new or prospective user, we hope that these power bank tips and tricks can help you use your power bank to the best of its ability.
What are your favorite power bank tips and tricks?
23 Replies to “4 Tips for Effective Power Bank Use”
Great information on power banks. Very useful.
I was very surprised to learn that the range where power banks work the best is in between 30 and 90 degrees, I thought that it would be a lot smaller! I recently got my wife a power bank for her birthday, and we live in a very cold part of the country. I don’t want her birthday present to stop working, so I will make sure to tell her to avoid taking it outside when it is too cold!
Keep them in your pocket or backpack to prevent exposure to the cold. Happy charging!
I think the numbers indicated are in Fahrenheit. Are you thinking of Celsius?
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such great article
I might be storing my power bank for a while, but will take the advice from this article about running it once a month. When storing it for a month does it matter how much charge is left in the power bank? After every month when I need to use it, should I let the battery go to zero and then recharge to 100% before storing it again?
If the power bank will be stored for a month, please let the power bank go to zero and recharge to 100% before storing again.
So , while storing it should be fully charged ?
Should I charge the piwer bank full while storing ..
Is it true that draining powerbanks until 0% could have damage the charging capacity or anything?
yes it is true that if we don’t use power for a long time it damage their battery life and battery life of power bank deceases so use it regularly.
really effective tips for charging a power bank now I can charge my power bank easily and quickly. Thank you for this blog post.
it should be fully charged or we can use it mid-sharged ?
You can use your power bank at full charge or when it is not fully powered!
Can I charge my Power Bank when it is charged once and 50% remaining Power available?
Hi Arma – yes, you can charge your power bank when it is at 50% if you prefer!
please let me know which brands are good powerbanks
Well, we always recommend RAVPower..!
nice article, recently i bought best Power Bank for my phone. and then i read your article. it is very helpful for me. this is very informative. so thanks for sharing, and also keep sharing this kind of informative article.
Happy to have helped!
I am a great fan of RAVPower. I have a RAVPower 20000mah power bank that I only need to use once after 2/3 month and I mantain atleast upto 80% charged for storing in room temperature. I am doing this for the last 1 to 1.5 years and still it can hold good charge.
But, what’s the better suggestion, do I need to maintain a complete discharge and charge cycle each a month? Or should I continue the way I am presently doing this for the last 1 to 1.5 years.
Suggest plz. Thanks
Thank you! So glad you’re a fan. We suggest that once a month is too often for your usage; once every three months is enough.