How to charge Fitbit without charger?, Quick steps

What do you do when your Fitbit runs out of juice, or you can’t find your charger. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore alternative methods to charge your Fitbit without its original charger, offering solutions for various Fitbit models and troubleshooting common charging issues.

So how to charge Fitbit without charger?, let’s find out

Listed below are some of the ways to charge Fitbit without charger

  • Using a USB port
  • Power bank
  • UL certified wall charger
  • Non Fitbit chargers
  • Make your own charger

Lets explore each of these in detail

Using USB Port

Connect your Fitbit to a USB port on your computer, laptop, or other electronic devices using the original charging cable. While this method works, the charging process may be slower than using the original charger.

Prerequisites

  • You need to have a Laptop that is charged, or a computer.
  • You need to have a charging cable that can fit into the Fitbit charging connector

Steps

  1. Turn on your laptop or computer.
  2. Connect one end of the charging cable to the Fitbit charging connector.
  3. Connect the USB end to the USB port of the laptop or computer.
  4. The device should start charging.

Limitations

  • Charging might be slower than normal.

Using Power Bank

If you have a portable power bank or an external battery pack, make sure it’s charged. Connect one end of the USB cable to the power bank and the other end to your Fitbit. Be aware that the charging speed may be slower compared to the original.

Prerequisites

  • You need to have a power bank that is charged.
  • You need to have a charging cable that can fit into the Fitbit charging connector.

Steps

  1. Connect one end of the charging cable to the Fitbit charging connector.
  2. Connect the USB end into the USB port of the power bank.
  3. Your device should start charging.

Limitations

  • The charging might be slower.

UL Certified Wall Socket

You can use wall socket for charging your Fitbit device.

Prerequisites

  • You need to have a UL certified wall socket.
  • You need to have a charging cable that can fit into the Fitbit charging connector.

Steps

  1. Connect one end of the charging cable to the Fitbit charging connector.
  2. Connect the USB end of the charging cable to the UL certified wall socket.
  3. Your device should start charging.

Limitations

  • Slower charging of the device

Non Fitbit Chargers

You can make use of your smart phone charger or borrow it from some one to charge you Fitbit device, just follow the same steps that you would while using your own charger

Prerequisites

  • You will need any charger which is compatible with your device

Steps

  1. Connect one end of the charging cable to the Fitbit charging connector.
  2. Connect the USB end to the charger.
  3. Plug in to the power outlet.
  4. Your device should start charging.

Limitations

  • Charging might be slower.

Make Your Own Charger

Yes, you heard it right, in case of emergency need you can make your own charger, you can follow the below steps.

Prerequisites

  • You will need a data cable.
  • A nail cutter.
  • An adhesive tape or stickers.

Steps

  1. Cut the non USB side of the data cable carefully to expose inner wires using nail cutter or ay other cutters.
  2. You will only require the red and black wires, you can cutoff the rest of the wires.
  3. Carefully peel off the rubber/plastic insulation form the wires which will expose the metal wires inside.
  4. Now take your Fitbit device and turn it over, you will find 3 terminals.
  5. Identify the side button on the device and connect the black wire to the terminal closest to it.
  6. Connect the red wire to the terminal farthest from the side button.
  7. Use the adhesive tape or stickers to secure these connections in place and make sure they are properly connected to the terminals.
  8. Connect the USB port to any charger or laptop/computer and the device should start charging.

Limitations

  • Creating this charger requires time and effort
  • You need to be careful while cutting the wires as a wrong move might damage the wire.
  • Charging might be slower

You can watch the below video if you want to see how to do it.

Important observations

There are a few important observations that you need to make while using any of the above methods.

  1. Keep an eye on the device temperature while it is charging, if the temperature get too high it is an indication the the device is struggling to get charged. Immediately disconnect the charger, not doing so might damage the battery or the device.
  2. Keep an eye on the device to check if it is charging and the charging icon appears on the screen.
  3. Secure any loose connections and connect them properly.
  4. Keep monitoring the charging percentage on you device to confirm that the device is getting charged.
  5. Once the device is fully charged or charged until desired remove or disconnect the device from the charger or Laptop or wall socket.

Conclusion

In this article we have seen the various ways to charge Fitbit without a charger however it has to be noted that the above mentioned methods should be used only in case of emergency needs, and should not be treated as a permanent way to charge your device, as using any other methods other than that ones provided in the manufacturer’s manual might damage your devices battery life or degrade battery performance.

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