Power banks are an external battery. They let you charge your phone when you’re out and about with no power sockets nearby. They’re essential to help you stay connected but can lose efficiency over time if they’re not charged properly. That means you’ll have less extra juice to rely on when you really need it the most. We’ve written this handy guide to explain how you can keep your lifeline power bank correctly charged.
Before you use your new power bank for the first time, you need to make sure it is fully charged.
Most power banks have LED indicators, which make it clear when it is fully charged. For more advice, read our blog on How to check if a power bank is charged.
Power banks can be charged using a USB input on your computer or by using a regular charger plugged into the wall socket. Charging it via USB can take significantly longer, so it may be worth buying a wall charger if you don’t already have one.
To keep your power bank working correctly for as long as possible follow these tips:
1. Always fully charge the power bank to 100% if you can. Short recharging can reduce battery life.2. Fully empty the power bank every couple of weeks. After completely draining the power bank you’ll need to recharge it fully again.
3. Avoid leaving the power bank permanently connected to any device or power source.
4. Disconnect your phone bank as soon as it is fully charged. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on charging time and watch to see when the LEDs signal that it is fully charged.
5. Do not leave the power bank connected to a device when you’re charging it up. If you do, the device will draw energy from the power bank at the same time as you’re charging it.
6. Only use undamaged and good quality cables and chargers.
7. When not in use, store your power bank in a cool, dry place.
8. If you don’t use it for a while, recharging it roughly every three months can help to keep it in the best condition. It will also mean it’s charged and ready to use when you do need it.