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A power bank (aka portable charger) seems like a good idea. But is it safe?
Some power banks are carefully designed and rigorously tested to offer complete peace of mind, that is backed up by robust warranties and guarantees. Some warranties protect the power bank itself, while others also safeguard the electronic devices you attach to it, like your phone, tablet or smartwatch.
Some batteries might not offer such peace of mind. Opting for low cost or counterfeit products can turn out to be expensive, even dangerous. It’s easy to avoid this by following these simple steps.
REGISTER YOUR DEVICE
Some power banks (aka portable chargers) require you to register your purchase, by providing the serial number either online or via a helpline. This is a good way to activate your returns policy and ensure your product is not a counterfeit.
CHECK THE WARRANTY
Manufacturer, country of origin and the type of power bank may mean differences in the types of warranties and what they will cover
Covers the power bank (aka portable charger) for a specific period from the date of purchase, and usually requires you to keep your receipt to prove purchase date.
LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
Covers the power bank (aka portable charger) for the reasonable life expectancy of the product, which may vary according to manufacturer.
CONNECTED EQUIPMENT WARRANTY
A more robust warranty which not only covers the power bank (aka portable charger) itself, but will also offer to repair or replace devices that are damaged while “properly connected” to the power bank, in line with manufacturer guidelines. Such warranties usually have a clause stating up, “up to $1,000” or similar. The amount should be enough to cover the types of device recommended for use with the power bank, such as a smartphone or tablet.