Like any other devices, power banks do break from time to time. While in many cases they can be fixed, sometimes they do unfortunately become unusable. In this article, we’ll discuss whether or not it’s possible to repair power banks. So, let’s dive in.
Can you repair a power bank at home?
In general, depending on the type of damage, power banks can be repaired. However, it all depends on the individual’s skills when it comes to self-repairing a power bank. If you have experience repairing electronics, you’re more likely to fix your power bank because, in comparison to smartphones, tablets, and laptops, they are simple devices. If you know your way around tinkering with electronics, you probably have the necessary tools and simply want replacement parts, which are available online.
As you are probably aware, spare parts for power banks, such as casings, are hard to find, but with your expertise in this field, you should be able to find a case that is comparable in form and size to your power bank. If the issue is with the battery or board, you can also use your knowledge to source a replacement.
But the fact that you’re here tells us that you have no prior expertise with electrical repair and have no idea whether or not power banks can be repaired. Thus, in this case, the best course of action is to leave it to the professionals because you don’t have the necessary experience. Even though you may have the necessary tools and the required replacement parts.
Because you lack experience fixing electronics, you risk further damaging the power bank, making it unrepairable or increasing repair expenses. Furthermore, repairing a power bank without prior knowledge is risky for the following reasons:
- You must handle lithium batteries with care, owing to the inherent dangers of their chemistry. For example, if you are clumsy while soldering, you risk raising the battery’s temperature causing a fire or even explosion.
- You risk causing a short circuit, which might result in disaster. An electrical short circuit occurs when the negative and positive terminals make contact.
- You have to avoid touching any PCB traces with your bare hands. Before turning on the power bank, check that the battery and charger board terminals are soldered in the correct sequence.
Where can you actually repair a portable charger? How to find a place near you
Now that you’re aware of the dangers of fixing a power bank on your own without the proper training, it’s time to seek the assistance of qualified technicians. Simply type the keyword “electronics repair” into Google or Google Maps search bar to locate the closest electronic repair center.
Electronics repair services are usually also found in large shopping malls. If you have any of those around you, then it’s a good chance you’ll be able to get your power bank fixed there.
Using local repair shops is the preferred option in case you need someone else to do the fixing for you. Not only do you avoid throwing away a device that might still be useful for a long time, but you’re also helping the local economy. That’s a win-win in our book!
Some issues are challenging to repair and are occasionally unrepairable, particularly those linked to overcharging, damaged circuitry, and short circuits. Or the repair cost is so high that you would rather purchase a brand new power bank. However, before estimating the cost on your own, take the power bank to a repair shop to be certain.
Common issues that power banks have and that can be repaired
One of the most commonly encountered power bank issues is the failure to charge connected devices. This issue can be caused by various reasons, including damaged charging ports (USB-A, USB-C, or Mirco USB), damaged internal wiring, defective circuitry, overcharging, or short circuits. The type of damage can decide whether or not the power bank can be repaired.
Broken LED lights, a damaged charger and charging cable, a missing power button, and a damaged flashlight are among the other problems. But, the good news is that these problems are quite simple to fix and relatively inexpensive.
When is a power bank beyond repair?
If the battery of your power bank is bloated, this indicates that irreversible chemical reactions have taken place and that the power bank is beyond repair. It is possible to change the battery, but as previously said, it is usually not worth the cost.
Another common issue is burnt circuitry. It is something that’s not repairable in most cases. It generally happens in low-quality power banks that don’t come with short-circuit protection.
Finally, submerging the power bank in water makes it unrepairable as well; thus, consider getting a robust and waterproof power bank if you often go camping.
If your power bank is not repairable or you have been using it for an extended period of time and would like to get a new one, please recycle it. Avoid throwing it away, and especially avoid leaving it in your garbage since lithium batteries are extremely toxic to the environment.