The Impact of Power Banks on Your Phone Battery – Can it Damage Yours?
Ask a busy person one thing that is part of their daily lives, especially when they go out – you would get “power bank” as one of the answers.
Power banks have become one of our essentials in times of emergencies. It allows us to charge not only our cellphones but also our laptops, speakers, and other chargeable devices.
Generally, our primary goal is to prevent our phone/device from battery drains, but did you know that a power bank can impact your battery as well? Read on and see what these are and how you can prevent damaging yours.
What is a Power Bank, and How Does it Work?
A power bank is a portable battery designed to recharge gadgets or devices in the absence of a regular charging wall/outlet.
Power banks work similarly to any rechargeable batteries. It stores energy to its maximum capacity and releases it whenever you connect it to another device needing recharging.
The power bank charging time is dependent on its size/ capacity. This means that larger capacity has a longer charging time and vice versa. It can also be affected by the charging technology, such as fast-charging feature, or with the presence of graphene or GaN technology (new technology with a potent conductor of electrical energy).
Types of Power Bank
Power banks can be categorized into three.
- Universal Power Bank: Universal power banks are common items you can buy at stores or online. You can charge them using USB chargers. They have power indications such as LED light to let you know whether it is already low battery or fully charged. Once fully charged, you can already use it to charge other devices.
- Solar Charged Power Bank: As the name implies, these are the types of power banks that you can charge by maximizing the sunlight. Solar power banks have photovoltaic panels that collect power from the sun and convert that power into electricity. The good thing about this is it’s eco-friendly. However, when there is no sun or rainy, you cannot take advantage of it. Hence, you can charge it using the usual set-up, which is through a USB type.
- Wireless Power Bank: The power bank industry also adapted the concept of charging gadgets like phones and earpods wirelessly. These power banks use- the Qi (pronounced as ‘chee’) technology wherein you need to place the device on top of the charging surface, then it will charge automatically via resonant inductive coupling. Wireless power banks are perfect for users who prefer fewer cables. Plus, it can also limit the wear and tear of the USB ports.
Impact of Power Bank on Your Phone Battery. Can it Damage Yours?
While your power bank can rarely damage your phone’s battery, there may still be instances that it can happen. Below are some that you should watch to avoid.
- It Has Wrong Voltage: The average output voltage most mobile phones need is about 5V. If you use a lower voltage, the possibility is it will drain your battery quickly instead of keeping it full. While if you use a higher voltage than 5, it may seriously damage your battery by overloading it.
- You Keep on Overcharging: Power bank’s purpose is to be your emergency aid if you drain your battery and keep it to a percentage/functional level. Hence, keeping your battery to a hundred percent level all the time may ruin it in the long run. Ideally, you should charge your battery when it drains to around 20 % and remove it from the power bank when it reaches 80 %.
- Your Power Bank Has Low-Quality: Last, but one of the most important factors to remember is your power bank’s quality. There are times that we get hooked on items that are most likely cheap. However, it has several downsides.
- Their Batteries Can Leak: Most power banks contain lithium-ion and lithium-polymer. When it contacts moisture or water, it can convert into hydrofluoric acid, which is very dangerous. It can irritate your eyes or burn your skin. And it may happen when your power bank is not built correctly.
- They Can Catch Fire and Explode: You probably heard an incident about exploding power banks. One major cause of this is inefficient circuit design. If a particular temperature control feature or parts are missing or the manufacturer uses a cheap battery, there’s a high probability that it may overheat or explode.
Power banks are one of our go-to emergency items whenever we drain our phone batteries. There are three basic categories of power banks such as the universal, solar, and wireless. Technically speaking, there are two significant factors how power banks can impact or damage our phone batteries – the quality of our power banks and how we use them.
So the next time you think about power banks, make sure to pick the good ones and implement their do’s and don’ts.
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