Can I use a laptop without a battery?
Hey everyone! I got another question through the Requests section and this one comes from Chary and the question is:
How to use a laptop without a battery? If it has one I want to remove it and if I don’t want to use a battery and electricity at the same time what can I do?
Well Chary, to be honest, I had never thought about this so I had never tried. I have a laptop so I tried this to see what would happen. The truth is I didn’t think you could, but you actually can!
So the short answer is YES. However, I would like to give you some tips before you try this:
- Before you take out the battery, you must turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the electricity outlet and form the laptop just to prevent some damage to the power system of the laptop. I’m not sure if this actually prevents damage, but it’s better not to risk it.
- Once you plug in the power cord to the laptop and electricity and turn it on, DO NOT UNPLUG IT! I know it states the obvious, but you will loose data and something else might happen… Like I said, I had never done this, so I wanted to know what would happen I unplugged the cord from the laptop and so I unplugged it and it obviously turned off. Something that I did not know was if this could damage the computer and it did. Sort of. What happened is the following: once I turned on the computer after unplugging it, it took so long to load windows. In fact, I ran out of patience and turned it off by pressing the on/off button until the laptop turned off. I turned it on again and I got this message saying something along the lines of “windows failed to load due to a recent change in software or hardware (taking out the battery)”. I was asked if I wanted to do a Startup Repair and so I accepted and the process started. What this did was to solve any problems that came up when Windows did not load and it stayed like for several minutes. I took a screenshot so you can see what I’m talking about:
After several minutes the process ended by asking me to restart the computer and explaining me what could happen and it was something like, “if the system was repaired correctly, windows will start normally” or “if the system was not successfully repaired, Startup Repair will try to repair again”, or something close to that. After the laptop restarted, Windows loaded and it worked like it normally does, all of this without the battery. I guess all this explanation was just to tell you to be careful with your power cord because if it unplugs from the laptop all of this will happen and it’s a bit tedious to go through it.
Just so you know, as I write this blog post, my laptop is only running with the power from the power cord, so this means you can run your laptop without the battery!
Chary, I hope the tips I gave you prevent the mess I caused to myself. To anyone else reading this post, remember that I am here to help, so if you have any computer-related questions simply fill out the form I have in the Requests page of the website and I will get to you as soon as possible. Like I said in the previous post, it might normally take me around two days to answer your question, but if I get really busy it might take me up to a week and not any longer. If you want to get an instant answer, tune in on Fridays to my Livestream Channel on the LIVE! Section of the website or at livestream.com/pcmadeeasy.
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