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Charging a power bank for the first time: how to do it correctly?

2023-10-24
Charging a power bank for the first time: how to do it correctly?

The first charge of a power bank is often underestimated, although it is fundamental to the long-term performance of the device. Wondering why this is so important? Read and find out more how the proper start of operation affects the functioning and durability of the power bank in the future.

In recent years, power banks have become an indispensable ally when traveling, at work or during everyday activities. Thanks to them, you don't have to worry about the discharged battery of your smartphone, tablet or other devices. However, to enjoy their full potential, it is crucial to understand the power bank charging process.

Most modern power banks use lithium-ion batteries or lithium polymer batteries. Knowing your specific battery type can help you understand how to charge and store it properly.

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Baseus power banks

Baseus power banks

The most important rules for charging a power bank, i.e. how to charge a power bank correctly

To ensure long and reliable operation of the power bank (as well as optimal use of the power bank's capacity!), it is a good idea to remember and follow the following rules:

  • Selecting the charger power : Always use a charger with the appropriate power. If it is too weak, it may not charge the power bank at the optimal time, and if it is too strong, it may shorten the battery life. Remember to check the charging parameters of the power bank.

  • Avoiding overheating : The power bank must have a ventilated place when charging. Overheating can shorten battery life and affect battery capacity.

  • Watching the charge indicators : These help you monitor the charging process and indicate when the power bank has been fully charged.

  • Storing your power bank properly : If you don't plan to use your power bank for a long time, it's best to charge it to about 50-60% before storing it in a cool and dry place.

Baseus Magnetic PPCX010201 powerbank with a capacity of 10000mAh and a power of 20W Overseas Edition

Baseus Magnetic PPCX010201 powerbank with a capacity of 10000mAh and a power of 20W Overseas Edition

How to charge a power bank for the first time?

Charging the power bank for the first time is crucial for its long-term use. The first full charging cycle is particularly important. What is it? Charge the power bank to 100% and use it until it is completely discharged.

Although the average charging time of a power bank depends on its capacity, it is important to allow the device to fully charge when charging for the first time.

Always follow the power bank charging instructions. Using a charger that is too strong or too weak may affect the life of the power banks.

The first 3 charges of the power bank

What is rarely talked about is the fact that the first three power bank charging cycles are crucial for the battery life and calibration of the device itself. Each of these charges should last until the power bank is fully charged. Regularly checking your power bank's battery level will help you monitor the process.

Joyroom Cutie Series JR-L008 powerbank with USB-C and Lightning cables, 10000mAh capacity and 22.5W power

Joyroom Cutie Series JR-L008 powerbank with USB-C and Lightning cables, 10000mAh capacity and 22.5W power

How to recognize when a power bank is charged?

The way we find out about the power bank's charge status may vary depending on the model and manufacturer of the device. However, there are some universal indicators that are worth knowing:

  1. LED indicators : This is the most popular method used in many power bank models. They often consist of several LEDs that light up as the device charges. When all diodes are active and not blinking, it means that the power bank is fully charged.

  2. LED displays : Some more advanced power bank models come with LED displays that show the exact percentage of battery charge. Thanks to this, we can precisely observe how much energy is left in the power bank and how much time remains until it is fully charged.

  3. No indicator : If the power bank does not have an indicator, it is worth relying on the manufacturer's recommendations. The instructions often specify the recommended charging time for the power bank.

  4. Beeps or vibrations : Some modern power bank models can also signal the completion of charging with short beeps or vibrations.

It is a good idea to regularly check the status of your device while charging to ensure the long life of your product.

What are the risks of improperly charging a power bank?

Skipping the rules regarding proper charging of a power bank can lead to various problems, such as shortened operating time of the device, damage to internal components or even the risk of fire. Controlling smooth charging is key to ensuring safety.

Choetech B653 power bank with Power Delivery with a power of up to 45W and a capacity of 20,000 mAh

Choetech B653 power bank with Power Delivery with a power of up to 45W and a capacity of 20,000 mAh

How to care for a power bank?

  1. Charge the power bank correctly: according to the instructions and using the recommended charger.

  2. Store the power bank correctly: always in a dry and cool place.

  3. Avoid over-discharging: If the power bank is not fully charged, please charge it before next use.

Charging the power bank for the first time - frequently asked questions

What is the average charging time for a power bank?

  • The average charging time of a power bank depends on the capacity of the power bank and the charger used. Typically it takes 3 to 8 hours.

What should you pay attention to when charging a power bank?

  • Pay attention to the charger used, charging parameters and control smooth charging.

Is it safe to charge and use a power bank at the same time?

  • Many manufacturers claim that their devices support this function, but it is always worth consulting the instructions for use.

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