Q1. Can I use USB cables other than those provided with my Anker external battery?
To ensure complete safety and best performance, we strongly recommend using your device’s original cable, a third-party certified cable (such as MFI) or our included cable.
Q2. Does it work with the new iPhone 5s, 5c?
Yes. But the Apple connector is not included. Please use your device's original cable.
Q3. Anker external batteries' efficiency.
ALL external batteries lose power due to voltage conversion and circuit resistance.
Approximately 20% of Astro 2nd Generation external battery’s total capacity is consumed, including power lost from circuit heat and voltage conversion within the external battery (approximately 6%) and the charging cable and your device (approximately 14%). This efficiency rate is 15% higher than the industry average of 35%.
Older Astro batteries have lose approximately 30%.
According to industrial standards, all external batteries are labeled based on their raw cells capacity not efficiency. Like others, we are following this standard.
Q4. How long will the battery lasts while not in use?
Generally, most of our external batteries' static power consumption is lower than 100uA, which will take between 3.5 and 20 years to drain the battery completely.
However, the chemicals within the li-ion battery will gradually become less active over prolonged periods without use. Most will die in 2 years of inactivity.
To extend your battery's life:
1. Charge and recharge it at least once every 3-4 months.
2. Do not over-charge or over-discharge it. It is best to keep it charged between 5%-95%.
Q5. Can Anker external batteries be used for international travel?
Yes. Be sure the USB adapter you bring with is compatible with the voltage of the country you will be traveling to. An adapter's voltage input is usually printed on the adapter.
Q6. Can external batteries be taken on board airplanes?
Yes, all Anker external batteries can legally and safely be taken on board airplanes. Here are the relevant requirements:
Quoted from Federal transportation security rules (Effective January 1, 2008):
Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium).
-Passengers may carry consumer-sized lithium ion batteries [no more than 8 grams of equivalent lithium content or 100 watt hours (wh) per battery]. This size covers AA, AAA, 9-volt, cell phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, Gameboy, and standard laptop computer batteries.
-Passengers can also bring two (2) larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on. This size covers larger extended-life laptop batteries. Most consumer lithium ion batteries are below this size.
Anker's largest external battery is currently the Anker Pro 20000mAh (74 wh) which is lower than the above 100 wh limit.
Q7. What can I do if I lose the provided accessories?
Please check to see if you have extras or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Q8. Anker external batteries' compatibility
Anker external batteries are compatible with Android and Apple smartphones and tablets except Asus devices ( Apple connectors are not included, please use your devices original cable).
Q9. Can it be charged and charge other devices at the same time?
Yes, this battery can simultaneously charge and discharge. However, constant pass-through charging may affect the battery’s lifespan.
Q10. Do you need to press the power button to begin charging other devices?
Q11. How long does it take to fully charge this Anker external battery?
3-4 hours with a 1A output charger.
Q12. What do the LEDs indicate when the external battery is charging itself or other devices?
The green LED indicator will flash when the Astro Mini is charging other devices. When it is recharging itself, a constant green LED indicator will light up and will turn off automatically once the Astro Mini is fully charged.
Q13. Why can’t I charge my Bluetooth device with the Astro Mini?
The Astro Mini will not charge devices with input currents lower than 30mA, including some Bluetooth and GPS devices.
Q14. What if the Astro Mini fails to recharge?
a. Check that the adapter is connected securely, or replace it if the current one is not functioning normally.
b. Check that the USB cable is connected securely, or replace it if the current one is not functioning normally.
c. Please email us at email@example.com duiring your 18-month warranty period if the provided acessories or the external battery have problems.
Q15. What if the Astro Mini fails to charge my devices?
Refer to the tips listed under Question 6, and check that the Astro mini’s voltage is compatible with your electronic device's required charging voltage. Please make sure to press the power button. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org duiring your 18-month warranty period if the provided acessories or the external battery have problems.
Return or Exchange
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