You Need a Power Bank
A Portable Power Bank Keeps You Connected
For most of us our phones are our connection to the world. They’re our access to email, Facebook, this new fangled thing called “The Internet”, and of course they make calls and send text messages. It’s no wonder that people get a little scared when their phones die. If all you had was a landline, and it stopped working, wouldn’t you be a little nervous?
The problem is that our phones don’t die when we are at home and able to get them plugged in. They die when we are out and about with no access to our phone charger. There’s a way to prevent that. A portable power bank can keep you connected when you’re running on 1%.
What’s a Power Bank?
Most of the time we want to charge our phones by plugging them into the wall. They’re a battery operated device, and it’s reasonable to think that you recharge a battery by plugging it in. A power bank works essentially the same way, but instead of charging with an outlet, you charge with another battery.
Your power bank plugs into the wall, and the batteries inside it are charged. Just like any device, these batteries will hold a charge until that power is needed. When you’re away from an outlet, and you need to charge your phone, you simply plug it into the power bank and let the power transfer from one battery to the other.
Portable power banks come in a variety of sizes and styles. Different banks will work for different charging needs.
What to Look for in a Power Bank
Usually the physical size of the power bank determines how many charges you can get out of it. But that may not always be the case. While you do want something that is small enough to be portable, you want to make sure it can fully charge your phone (or at least provide enough of a charge to help you get through the rest of the day).
The charging capacity is measured in Milliamp Hours, abbreviated mAh. When the power bank is fully charged, it should hold the stated capacity. The larger the mAh capacity, the more charges you can get out of the power bank.
There are small banks, roughly the size of a lipstick container, that hold about 3,300mAh. That’s enough for about one full charge on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 (not the “plus” models). If you want even more capacity, suppose you will be camping for a few days, then you want to get a bigger power bank. Many of them come in 10,000mAh or 20,000mAh capacities or sometimes even more.
Most charge the same way, you charge through a USB cable the same way you charge your phone. But there are some that will charge with a built in solar panel. If you’re doing an extended backpacking trip and you need to keep your GPS powered up, this may be the way to go.
Aside from that, choose a style you like, and make sure you have it with you when you’re in need of a charge!
Have Your Battery Replaced at iDoctor
If you find that your phone is dying much faster than it used to, it could be that the battery is wearing out. These things weren’t meant to last forever, and they do stop holding as much of a charge as when they were new. Instead of lugging around a portable power bank, bring your phone to either of our iDoctor locations in Billings, and we can swap the battery for a new one.
We’re located on the West End off 24th Street, or off Main Street in the Heights.