A power bank is a non-magical device that quickly recharges your phone or other electronic items when their battery is low. A power bank comes in various sizes, shapes, and colours. Various companies around the world, however with so much diversity a few features remain common in almost all of them, that being its ability to charge other devices, be charged, and a reset button or hole.
In this article, we will discuss how to reset a power bank when it is unable to charge your devices or fully charge itself.
Why does a power bank require a reset?
A power bank might require a reset if it stops functioning optimally. If your power bank stops holding charge or recharging another device, or if it does not switch on, then you need to reset it if it continues to behave abnormally. As long as the problems affecting a power bank are software related, they can be solved with a simple reset. However, if the hardware seems to be defective then you might need to repair the battery if it isn’t replaceable.
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How to reset a power bank?
You can follow the steps given below to reset your power bank, keep in mind that it should be charged and switched off before attempting any reset:
- Find the reset button on the power bank, which might be labeled ‘reset’ or ‘rst’.
- Press the button for a few seconds using a thin metallic pin if the reset button is in a small hole or normally if it is located on the body of the power bank.
- Wait for the power bank to reset after leaving the button.
In some power banks, you can reset by merely pressing and holding the power button for 10-15 seconds.
Other than restarting, you can let the battery drain completely from the power bank and charge it to full again. After this, if you press the reset button, if there is one on your power bank, then this method is called a hard reset.
Points to remember about power banks
You need to bear in mind a few points regarding power banks and how you should handle them. Some of these points are as follows:
- Keep your power bank clean by cleaning all the ports. Do not use water to clean your power bank. Use a dry cloth or brush.
- Regularly charge your power bank, at least once every two months if used infrequently.
- Keep it away from direct sunlight and in a cool area as well as away from any electromagnetic devices.
- Use only a compatible charging cable, specifically a USB cable provided with the power bank.
- Make sure that any device that you want to charge using your power bank is compatible with it and does not cause any unnecessary or irregular drain on your power bank’s battery. Also, avoid using any device plugged into the power bank.
- Do not place any heavy pressure on your power bank.
- Other than performing a hard reset, never drain out the battery of your lithium-ion power bank entirely as it requires a minimal amount of charge to function.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on resetting your power bank as every company builds a different type of power bank.
- Avoid overcharging your power bank and keep an eye on the light display, switch off the charging supply once the light stops blinking or goes off entirely as it might mean that your power bank is fully charged.
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