Everyone needs power. And these days, power on the go is a hot commodity. Have you ever been out somewhere and seen that your phone was about to die? It can be a disheartening moment because, if you don’t have a plug, your only option is to refrain from using your phone or risk it turning off right when you need it the most.
What if you need it for something important and urgent? What if an emergency happens? What good is a dead phone in these situations?
For these reasons and many others, more and more businesses are considering supplying their consumers with custom power banks to make sure their power needs are always met.
Imagine one of your consumers is going through the above scenario.
Instead of worrying that his or her phone is going to turn off, they reach into their bag or pocket and pull out their custom branded power bank. Relief washes over them as their phone begins to charge. And when they see your logo, they will remember your business for providing something useful, practical, and necessary.
Despite power banks being a convenient gadget, people often have questions about how they work, what they can charge, and how often they can be used. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the top 7 FAQs about custom power banks to give you and your customers some much-needed answers.
- What is a power bank?A power bank is a mobile lithium battery pack that can be used to charge devices anywhere. They are called “banks” because you can deposit energy into the bank and later withdraw that energy to charge your device. They usually have a 5V/1A or 5V/2A input and output with varying mAh ratings. The mAh rating is used to convey capacity for power flow over time and stands for milliampere-hour.
- What devices can be charged with a power bank?Most power banks have at least one USB port, so any device that can be charged via USB cable can use a power bank. Some power banks might be able to charge devices with mini-USB cables as well.It’s important, though, to make sure that your device is compatible with the power bank. The output voltage of the power bank should match with the device being charged. If you have a phone with a 1500 mAh battery, a power bank with a 1500 mAh capacity will be able to charge it.
If the output voltage of the power bank is less than the device being charged, it won’t work. If the output voltage of the power bank is more than the device being charged, it will work, plus you might be able to get several charges out of the power bank.
- How can a power bank be charged?Usually, a power bank will have a specific input socket for receiving power. This power can come from a USB port on your computer, but it will most likely charge faster when a wall socket adapter is used. Commonly, power banks use a mini or micro-USB socket for charging, and full-sized USB sockets for discharging.
- How long does it take a power bank to charge?The time it takes to charge a power bank depends on the power bank’s capacity. For example, a 1500 mAh power bank usually takes the same amount of time to charge as your smartphone. Larger banks will take a longer time to become fully charged.Most power banks have an indicator to alert you when the bank has reached its capacity. They also tend to have a safety cut-off to avoid overcharging and overheating.
- How long does it take a power bank to charge a device?It depends on the battery capacity of the power bank as well as the battery capacity of the device you are charging. Some power banks have quick-charge technology that can charge a device faster than a regular charger. If the power bank doesn’t have this faster charging technology, the device will usually be charged in the same amount of time as a regular charger.
- How long will a power bank last?This question doesn’t have a single answer. The life of a power bank is dependent on the type of power bank, the quality of the power bank, and the specifications of the power bank. Since power banks aren’t usually used on a daily basis, they tend to last for a long time. A quality power bank might be able to perform 500 or more charge cycles in its lifetime. Smaller, cheaper power banks might have fewer charge cycles, whereas bigger and more expensive power banks could have more.
- Universal power banks come in varying sizes, shapes, and configurations for all of your device needs.
- Solar power banks have photovoltaic panels that can be charged by the sun. Solar charging isn’t the fastest, though, so they may also come with cables.
- Phone battery cases are another type of power bank where the phone’s case is actually an extra battery or power bank. These can be useful if you only need it for a phone, but they can’t be used on other devices.
Hopefully this answers all of your pressing questions about power banks. If you think a power bank as a promotional product might be right for your business, contact us at Calver to see how we can help you give your customers power on the go.