How to Charge a Fitbit Device without a Charger

Lost your Fitbit charger? Don’t fret! There are several ways to charge your Fitbit without your charger. You can simply use the charger of another device or create your own DIY charger. 

Follow the steps above to charge your Fitbit without a charger.

how to charge a fitbit device without charger

How to Charge a Fitbit Device without a Charger

1. Charge a Fitbit Using USB Port on Laptop

Probably one of the easiest ways to charge your Fitbit is through your laptop.  Al you have to do is use a USB cord to connect your watch to the laptop to start charging.

When using a laptop to charge your Fitbit device, ensure that you’re using a compatible port. If the port to which you attached the cable doesn’t appear to be charging your Fitbit, you might want to try another port or switch to another charging cable then check if it gets your Fitibit charging.

2. Charge the Fitbit to a Wall Charger

If you’ve lost your official charger or it is out of reach, you can use any USB wall charger. There is no need to purchase a new wall charger. Simply go for the one from your phone or tablet, to recharge your Fitbit. 

There are tons of perks to using this method, but the most important is the speed of charge. This method may charge it considerably faster and more effectively than plugging your Fitbit into a laptop or desktop computer.

When charging your Fitbit using a wall charger, you should only use a UL-certified USB wall charger. This type of charger will not harm the battery or the device, so you may leave it charging for as long as you want.

3. Charge Your Fitbit from Power Bank

If you forgot your Fitbit charger while on your trip but you remembered to take your power bank with you or you can get your hands on someone else’s power bank, it could be an affordable way to recharge your Fitbit.

The power bank can be used as an external charger when you don’t have a charger for your Fitbit watch at the ready.

Charging your Fitbit with a power bank is a simple process that won’t require a learning curve. Just follow these simple instructions to use it. 

  • Start by ensuring that your power bank is fully charged and able to send voltage to your Fitbit.
  • After you’ve confirmed that, you need to turn on the power bank by pressing the power button. When the light comes on, the device is ready for usage so you can start charging immediately.
  • Start by connecting the charging wire to your power bank and Fitbit smartwatch.
  • Keep an eye on the battery life of your Fitbit watch to confirm that it is actually charging
  • When the power bank is done charging, you need to turn it off and avoid leaving your Fitbit watch charging after that. 
  • While wire power banks are the next big thing, wireless power banks are fast becoming popular. If you’re using a wireless power bank to charge your Fitbit, the charging process would be different. 
  • To charge your Fitbit watch using a wireless power bank, you need to align the backside of your watch with the rear of the power bank. Ensure that the two devices are positioned parallel to the charging coil. 

4. Charge Your Watch with a DIY Fitbit Charger

If you’re unable to get another charger from a laptop, power bank or any other means, you might want to consider some DIY tricks. 

  • You can actually make your own Fitbit wall charger by following the steps below. 
  • Take a nail clipper, and carefully cut the USB’s smaller end off.
  • After that, you need to peel away the outer insulation from the end you just cut.
  • The next step is to cut all wires apart from the red and black ones.
  • Remove the insulation from the red and black wires and coil them tightly.
  • Finally, attach the black cable to the Fitbit’s side button. You can use tape for this.
  • Connect the USB’s other end to a power bank.
  • One of the biggest problems with this trick is that the connection above is very weak and hard to keep in place. You should keep an eye on how your Fitbit is charging. To do this, utilize the app on your smartphone. Avoid trying to rearrange with the setup or interfere by touching or moving it.

Note: Avoid using a laptop or a wall adapter for this procedure since a short circuit may occur if you accidentally contact the connections at the end. When this happens, it could damage the laptop’s battery.

Tips for Charging Your Fitbit Device

When charging your Fitbit, you can use the tips below to get the best out of every charge and increase its life span. 

1. Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures can damage your smart watch. Avoid leaving the smartwatch in a hot car or direct sunlight for long periods. 

2. Use the Original Charger

This might be the most important thing to do when it comes to charging your Fitbit smartwatch and improving its battery life. Always use the original charge designed for your battery model to avoid harming the battery.

3. Avoid Using Heavy Apps and Games

The battery life of the a Fitbit smartwatch heavily depends on what you do with it. High-resolution graphics and animations can quickly deplete the battery life of an app or game. Avoid using these applications and games to extend the battery life of your Fitbit smartwatch.

4. Keep The Charging Port Clean.

With continuous use, a buildup of dirt and debris could get in in the charging port and hinder the charger from forming a proper connection. Try to clean the charging port with a toothpick or sharp item at least once a month.

5. Let The Battery Drain Before Charging.

While keeping your Fitbit fully charged is important. You should always the battery completely discharge once in a while before recharging it.

If you always charge your smartwatch before the battery is entirely depleted, the battery will never be able to calibrate itself which could shorten its battery life.