Another Reliable Product from Anker
Anker is an enigma in the tech sector.
Formed as recently as 2011 by Steven Yang, based out of China, they have quickly established themselves as not just a global brand but are manufacturing devices in many different sectors of the market in their short lifespan.
Anker’s policy of creating high-quality and innovative products at prices that don’t hurt your pocket can become popular quickly.
With their products now available in over 100 countries, they have a trusted consumer base of millions. Quite an achievement in just 12 years!
Already, you can find Anker in sectors such as:
- Portable chargers
- Wireless chargers
- Audio devices
- Smart home devices
- Computer peripherals
- And, of course, Power banks…
So, as the article’s title states, we will closely examine Anker’s power banks and how best to maintain and use them to get the longest lifespan out of your investment.
Why Choose an Anker Power Bank
Value for money
As we touched on straight away in this article, this is one of the reasons for their rapid growth. When you combine innovative, high-quality hardware at a low price point with positive online reviews, you get talked about pretty quickly in the tech industry!
With society changing at a rapid pace, with people generally on the move a lot more and using more than one device, there is a big market out there for reliable power banks.
These portable power banks come in various sizes and prices, and they are designed to be used with devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Anker Power Bank’s Lifespan
One of the most common questions people have about any power bank is how long it lasts. That’s the point of buying one, right?
Sometimes, it’s not as simple as giving a set amount of time, as there are many maintenance tips and tricks out there that people know nothing about to help extend the life of these machines.
Like all rechargeable batteries, the lifespan of Anker banks will depend on a few factors. The most important of these factors is usage. Using your Anker bank frequently will not last as long as if you only use it occasionally, standard stuff!
The amount of time an Anker power bank will charge for will depend on the model and capacity.
Anker power banks come in various sizes and capacities, ranging from 3,000mAh to 26,800mAh at the top of the range.
There’s nothing that doesn’t make sense here; generally, the larger the capacity, the longer it lasts and charges more devices; however, it will take longer to charge the power bank itself.
How you use any power bank will affect its lifespan.
TIP – This also can apply to some mobile phones. If you frequently charge your device to 100%, it will not last as long as if you only charge it to 50%.
On average, Anker Banks have a lifespan of around 500 charging cycles.
A charging cycle means charging your power bank from 0% to 100%. So, if you use your Anker Bank daily to charge your phone, for example, it will last for around 500 days, so just over a year and a half.
However, if you are an occasional user whereby through the week you charge your phone at work and home so only use a power bank on a weekend; it could last for several years.
Maintenance and Usage
Now, let’s talk about maintenance and usage tips to help extend the lifespan of your Anker Bank.
One of the most important things you can do to extend the lifespan of your Anker Bank is to avoid overcharging it. It’s what most people do with all their devices around the world, leaving them charging overnight, as a prime example.
Overcharging can cause it to overheat, damaging the battery and reducing its lifespan. If you need a maximum charge, always unplug it from the charger once it’s there.
If you know you don’t need a maximum charge, then don’t! Try to avoid it and look to charge between 80-90%.
Another tip to extend its lifespan is to avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures.
High temperatures lead to potential overheating, while low temperatures can cause excessive drain on the battery.
Therefore, leaving it exposed on your car’s dashboard in direct sunlight in the middle of summer would not be a wise move.
If you have to use your power bank in extremely cold temperatures (although the kind of extreme temperatures we are talking about rarely exist in Australia), then be sure that it is kept in warm clothing rather than a leather bag, for example.
Not in Use
When you go through a period where using your power bank isn’t essential, make sure you store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.
On the opposite side of the coin, it’s advisable to avoid storing it for long periods of time without using it. So if you know it’ll be idle for a while, charge it to around 50%, then store it.
Anker Banks are a convenient and useful device for keeping your devices charged on the go. While their lifespan is limited, there are steps you can take to extend it and get the most out of them. If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll get a good run of usage and can ensure that your Anker Bank is from any of Anker’s ranges. Also, make sure you take into consideration the devices you will be charging. There’s naturally a big difference between a mobile phone and a laptop when it comes to draining battery power.