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We all know that feeling when our phone is about to die and we’re nowhere near a power outlet. Do you charge your power bank to 100% before you leave the house, just in case? Or do you wait until you really need it before plugging it in?
One of the most common questions we get asked is “Should I charge my power bank to 100%?” or “Is it bad to leave my power bank plugged in all the time?”.
Here is a quick guide to help you understand the charging process of your power bank and how to get the most out of it.
All batteries have a limited number of charge and discharge cycles. This means that each time you charge your power bank, and each time you use it to charge your devices, the battery inside is slowly degrading.
The good news is that this degradation is so gradual that you probably won’t notice it until after several years of use.
To get the most out of your power bank, it’s important to understand how they work and how to properly care for them.
Why should you charge your power bank to 80%, not 100%?
It’s generally recommended that you charge your power banks are designed for optimal performance and a longer lifetime when charged up to 80% and discharged only down to 20%.
Here are a few reasons why:
- You’ll get the most power: A power bank will typically have a capacity of around 10,000mAh. If you only charge it to 50%, you’ll only be able to use half of that power before it needs to be recharged.
- It will last longer: When you repeatedly only charge your power bank to 50%, you shorten its overall lifespan. Charging it to 80% once in a while will help it last longer.
- You can use the battery level indicator more accurately: Most power banks have a 4-light LED indicator that shows you how much power is remaining. When the power bank is only half-charged, two of the lights may light up, but it’s hard to tell exactly how much power is left. When it’s fully charged, all four lights will light up, so you’ll know exactly how much power you have left.
What are the benefits of charging your power bank 100%?
There are a few benefits to charging your power bank to 80%. Firstly, it will help prolong the lifespan of your power bank.
Secondly, it will give you the most power possible when you need it. And finally, some people find that their power banks work best when they are fully charged.
What are the drawbacks of not charging your power bank to 100%?
If you don’t charge your power bank to 100%, you won’t get the full capacity out of it. Power banks have a built-in safety feature that prevents them from overcharging, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your power bank by leaving it plugged in for too long.
After doing some research, we’ve come to the conclusion that you should charge your power bank 100% if you plan on using it right away. If you’re not going to use it right away, then it’s charging it to 80%.
- Should I charge my power bank to 100?
It is not necessary to charge your power bank to 100%. In fact, it is better to charge it to around 80% to prolong its overall lifespan. However, if you need the full capacity of the power bank, feel free to charge it to 100%.