Power banks are becoming more and more popular in our daily lives. They are invaluable when you need more power to charge your smart devices, especially while you are traveling.
If you just bought your power bank, you might have some questions on how to use it, which is completely fine.
All you need is to follow the below steps to learn how to use power bank for the first time:
The steps are simple and we will explain each one in detail. This way, you will get familiar with your device and will learn how to use it with ease.
Read The User’s Manual
It is always recommended to read the user’s manual of every electronic device you purchase. You will learn a lot of valuable information about the specifications of your device, its usage, and its warranty.
Power banks do not differ, each reputable manufacturer should provide a user’s manual. When you are checking it, take a look at the following:
- Specifications: you will learn the exact capacity of your power bank, its input/output voltage, along with its size and weight.
- Power level indicators: most power banks have built-in light indicators, so you can see the amount of charge you have in the device.
- Charging methods: you will learn what charging methods are supported.
- Maintenance tips: the manufacturer should provide some general tips on how to extend the life of your power bank.
- Warranty: you should be able to obtain information for the warranty of the device.
You should always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, even if the information provided there is different from what you’ve found from other sources. This way you guarantee yourself that you will use your power bank properly.
Before using your power bank, you need to charge it for the first time. Most power banks come with a charging cable, so you will be able to charge them like any other device. You might also need a wall charger to plug the power bank into the wall outlet.
Be careful when charging your power bank, as overcharging it might damage the device. An easy way to avoid overcharging is to check the indicators from time to time while charging it. Some power banks might have automatic overcharging protection. With it, they will shut off once they are fully charged.
An easy way to avoid overcharging is to check the indicators from time to time while charging it. Most devices have four power indicators, each for 25% power. For safety reasons, you can not charge a power bank to 100%. Each time it is fully charged, you will have around 95% power.
An important step of the process is to calculate the charging time of your power bank. The charging time formula is simple:
Charging time = Charging capacity / Charging rate
Charging time: the actual time (in hours) it takes to fully charge your power bank.
Charging capacity (mAh): the capacity of your power bank.
Charging rate (mA): the amount of energy being sent to your power bank from the charger.
The charging capacity is the actual capacity of your power bank. You can often find this information somewhere on the power bank or in its user manual. As you know, power banks are different. Some may have 2500 mAh capacity, while others might have 3000 mAh. The capacity depends on the type of power bank you have purchased.
The same is valid for the charging rate of the charger you use. Some chargers will provide 1000 mA output power, while others can provide 5000 mA (or 5 Amps).
As soon as you have the values, you can calculate the average time you need to charge your power bank for the first time.
Using The Power Bank For The First Time
As soon as your power bank is fully charged, you can start using it. With it, you can charge all portable devices like your smartphone, tablet or portable console. For maximum power, make sure you always use only USB cables provided by the manufacturer.
The exact time for charging your devices depends on the power of the power bank you are using and the type of battery your device has. Some smartphones can be charged for a few hours, while tables might take a little longer.
You should take care of your power bank, like any other digital device you have. You can extend its life and durability by following a few general maintenance tips:
- Preserve lifespan by recharging every few months: most manufacturers advise to recharge your power bank at least every four months. This is needed in order to extend the life of your device.
- Use only original or certified cables: by using only original USB cables to charge your power bank or your portable devices, you guarantee a safe and fast charging.
- Avoid dropping: dropping your battery device can damage the built-in battery and other electronic components and make the device unusable.
Power banks are powerful devices and if you treat them well, they will serve you for a long time. Just follow the bits of advice above and you will enjoy a long-lasting portable power when you need it.