Currently, it’s not just smartphones that are required to be in our bag when we are out of the house. Most people also don’t forget to bring a power bank. Power banks are now a necessity because they can charge a smartphone when we can’t find a socket.
However, a few people also hesitate to use a power bank for various reasons. Starting from the heavyweight, fear of exploding, to fear that the power bank will damage their phone’s battery.
Are these assumptions correct? Here are some of the power bank myths that many people believe along with their truth!
1. Myth 1: Power banks are explosive
Many consider power banks to be explosive. But is it true? In fact, until recently, these cases were extremely rare.
If anything, a power bank with a low price and low quality has the potential to be like that. Granted, they can experience overheating, but that doesn’t mean they can burst into pieces.
2. Myth 2: The time it takes to charge with a power bank is very long
For this one statement, it actually depends on the type of power bank you are using. It is true that some power banks take a long time to fully charge.
3. Myth 3: Power banks cannot be carried on board
This one rumor is wrong. In fact, only certain types of power banks are prohibited from traveling by plane. The following are the rules of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation:
- Power banks under 100 Wh are safe to carry in cabin baggage;
- Power bank sizes up to 100 must be reported to the relevant airline for approval;
- Power banks whose size is above 160 Wh are not permitted onboard.
In general, the Wh size can be seen on the power bank body. But if it’s not available, you can multiply the mAh size by the voltage.
4. Myth 4: Using a cellphone while charging a power bank will damage both
This statement is not entirely true. You can really use your smartphone while charging with a power bank.
However, this could result in overheating. Take it easy, the two devices will not be damaged. However, the charging process will take longer considering that the incoming power is immediately used for other activities.
5. Myth 5: The power that goes to the cellphone will not last long
Is it true that a battery charged with a power bank won’t last long? The answer depends on the power bank you use. In general, high-quality power banks have a charging power equivalent to a conventional charger.
It’s different if you use a low-quality power bank. They are more easily damaged so that their charging power is classified as weak. Which one do you use? Let us know.
6. Myth 6: We have to charge to 100 percent when using a power bank
Some people think that they’re meant to charge the power bank until the battery is completely full. If not, the maximum power of the power bank will decrease. This is wrong.
Take it easy, this power bank doesn’t have the technology to remember how much power you usually suck from it. So, the power will continue to be the same even if you don’t charge your phone up to 100 percent.
If you find your power bank’s power decreasing, this is only natural. Every electronic device we use will degrade over time.
7. Myth 7: Using a power bank will damage the cellphone
Many people refuse to use a power bank because they are worried that their cellphone batteries will be damaged. This assumption is wrong.
Power banks are generally the same as regular chargers. Your battery will not be damaged, but with certain conditions, namely:
- You must use a good quality power bank from trusted stores and brands;
- The power bank voltages must match, ideally, they use 5V. If Less than that, your battery will run out quickly;
- Don’t overcharge even when using a power bank.