Recently, Statista surveyed Americans to find out how many of them used protective cases and covers for their gadgets, particularly smartphones. Can you guess the number?
It was a whopping 79% of people!
Protective cases and covers are extremely popular these days. And not just for smartphones, mind you. You get cases for almost all kinds of gadgets these days – be it your tablet, music player, remote control or power bank.
Yes, you get cases and covers for your power bank too! You can dress up your portable battery pack as you desire.
But safety is a major concern that plagues the mind when covering up power banks in fancy (or not so fancy) cases.
Since accidents of batteries blowing up are not unheard of, it’s only natural to worry if putting a case on your power bank is actually worth it.
Well, because this is still a doubtful question, we are going to attempt to answer it for you today.
Is it safe to put a cover on your power bank? Let’s find out!
The case against cases
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If you talk purely from a safety point of view, there is an argument that can be made against the use of cases for power banks. And it’s the same logic that applies on phones.
Tech gurus and experts have been saying it since the dawn of smartphones that cases can have an adverse impact on your gadget’s battery life.
How, you ask?
You see, both smartphone and power bank batteries’ are made of a chemical energy known as lithium ion. While lithium ion is mostly stable in nature, it can turn volatile with an increase in temperature.
Normally, this increase in temperature only takes place under a few circumstances – while running heavy or buggy apps and games, using your phone continuously for an extended period of time or charging it.
Know that it’s normal for your gadget to a get a little hot during usage. It’s a red flag only if it gets literally too hot to handle.
When your gadget does get too hot to the touch, having a cover on can actually make it hotter as the heat gets no avenue to dissipate or eventually escape. Think of it as you wearing loads of layers of clothes. If you wear as many layers in a sauna, your body temperature will keep rising wouldn’t it? Unless of course you shed the extra layers.
Although it’s true that your gadget’s battery life will eventually deplete with time, a frequent increase in its temperature can speed up the process. The result? A gadget with an exceedingly poor and gradually worsening battery life within the first year of purchase.
That’s not all. If your gadget’s battery temperature increases to a scorching 80°C, it is highly likely to explode. Which means a completely damaged device, which cannot even be replaced! The same goes for your power bank.
However, such instances are very rare. Like 1 in a million maybe, so you have nothing to worry about. And while we have heard of exploding smartphones, we have never heard of exploding power banks. In fact, we’re sure we never will.
So if you ask us again, whether it’s safe to use a case on your power bank, we’ll tell you that yes it is! Just ensure that you take the case off when you’re using or charging your power bank.
That’s really all you have to do. In fact there are many arguments in favor of using a cover for your power bank. Let’s check them out!
Cases and covers: Ultimate protection, safety and style for your power bank
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Yes, the argument against using cases on your power bank sounds terrifying. There are really next to zero chances of that happening. Which means you can go ahead and put that case back on your power bank now. Or checkout the case that was lying around in your online shopping cart.
Truth be told, having a case on your power bank is actually a safe and good idea.
Most power banks are made of either plastic or metal (aluminum to be precise). The materials used might seem sturdy and immune to wear and tear, but here’s the news flash – they’re not. Drop them and they’re as likely to break as your fragile glass smartphones. Plastic power banks can shatter or chip, while aluminum ones can get dented. Of course, the intensity of the drop can affect the performance of your power bank, causing it to malfunction or break down when you try to use. As you can see, things are already starting to look ugly.
The good thing is that you can protect your power bank from fatal drops by simply covering it in a chic case! Stylish cases with attached foam linings or those made of silicone can offer an added layer of protection to your device. So even if you drop your power bank on-the-go on a busy street, you won’t the risk of damaging it ever.
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A drop on concrete is not the only thing that can spoil your power bank. The accumulation of dust in its ports and openings can have a damaging effect as well. Dust can cause the machinery inside to malfunction, calling in for a fix or a complete replacement altogether.
Accumulated dust overtime can cause your device to overheat, which you know by now is not the best thing as far as lithium ion batteries are concerned. That’s the reason why so many smartphones come with the added feature of dust protection.
Unfortunately, power banks haven’t reached that stage yet, and most of them don’t feature any kind of dust protection whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean you can’t them safe from the adverse effects of dust on your own. A power bank case that covers all ports and openings of your battery pack when it’s not in use can keep the dust and lint away.
Picture this: you head out of home with your power bank in your bag. It’s just another normal day. Until clouds gather in the sky and it starts to pour cats and dogs. You don’t have an umbrella or a raincoat. Your bag is soaked. And so is the bulky battery pack inside it. You get to your destination and try plugging your phone into your power bank but it doesn’t work, washing away the money you spent on it.
That wasn’t a pretty picture right? Water damage is a real danger you should be wary of. It can happen anywhere. You might accidentally spill some water on your power bank, who knows. In such cases, it is better to be safe than sorry. Having a fashionable case on your power bank, particularly one that covers all openings and ports can save your device from water damage.
Let’s face it. Most power banks look exactly the same. And if someone you know happens to have the same colored power bank as yours, it’ll be virtually impossible to distinguish between them. So if you don’t want to land up with somebody else’s power bank, cases and covers are the way to go.
They can multiple designs and colors, which can help you give your device a truly distinct and customized look. Love Shrerlock? You can get a case with your detective on it. Big fan of sports? A cover with the logo of your favorite sports team on it will be the perfect one for you. The customization possibilities are endless.
Aesthetic appeal with added functionality
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The squarish boxy shape of power banks is hardly to die for. They’re not exactly what you call attractive, are they? Well, the good thing is you can beautify your power bank if you want to. Obviously with cases and covers.
These days you get plenty of fancy power bank covers in the market. They are available in a wide variety of materials – from plastic and fabric to silicone and leather. Cases of premium materials give a stylish look to your power bank while keeping it protected from wear and tear. What’s more, you can even match your phone case with your power bank’s to further increase their style quotient.
Some power bank cases even come with added functionalities such as pockets and slots for your cash and cards or extra storage space for your wires. That’s really handy if you ask us! Especially if you’re travelling and don’t want to carry too many things with you.
Conclusion – Your power bank is safest in a case
If you want your power bank to last you a long time, you should put it in a case. It’ll stay safe from potential hazards such as drops, dust and water, thereby increasing the longevity of your device. The case will also give your power bank a unique and attractive look. Yes, there’s the risk of overheating, but as long as you don’t have the case on when charging your power bank, you don’t have to fret over it at all. So our advice is: go ahead and get your power bank a nice case. You’ll be the wiser one for doing it.