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Is it bad to keep Laptop plugged in 100% of the time?

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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Just a thought, Bought a laptop about 2 weeks ago, and It is always plugged in to the mains. Is this bad for the laptop? Will it damage the laptop or the battery in any way.
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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[mod] 4 Likes #1
Remove the battery as you'll kill it. You don't need the battery in if you are running off the mains.
#2
Syzable
Remove the battery as you'll kill it. You don't need the battery in if you are running off the mains.


Thank you. I will do that now. Wasn't sure tbh as always had a desktop and the laptop doesnt get moved from Desk, Netbook isnt always on mains though but that battery life is poor.

Do I need to turn laptop off to remove battery?
1 Like #3
I agree, made that mistake with the last one, used it in mains 99% of the time, after a year went on hol, battery lasted 10 mins max. always keep the battery out now.
[mod]#4
beth3735
Syzable
Remove the battery as you'll kill it. You don't need the battery in if you are running off the mains.


Thank you. I will do that now. Wasn't sure tbh as always had a desktop and the laptop doesnt get moved from Desk, Netbook isnt always on mains though but that battery life is poor.

Do I need to turn laptop off to remove battery?


No..........but you'll most likely have to close the lid to do it.

Just give the battery a run out every now and then and a charge else it will die being left as well. lol
banned#5
Syzable
Remove the battery as you'll kill it. You don't need the battery in if you are running off the mains.


I disagree. Maybe in the past, not so much these days. If not like you're constantly half-charging it. Obviously a mains-only laptop removes one of the 'features' of laptops as well!

Would agree that a full discharge now and then would help.

Source: experience.

Edited By: vibeone on May 27, 2011 11:45
banned#6
I've left my Vaio plugged in for 18 months and I still get a decent charge out of it.
#7
keep the battery out if you're just using on the mains.

also if you know you're not going to use the battery often makes sure there is no charge in it. If you leave it will full charge and dont use it for weeks or months on end it drains and loses charge over time.
[mod] 6 Likes #8
master_chief
I've left my Vaio plugged in for 18 months and I still get a decent charge out of it.


How would you know?? It's been plugged in for the last 18 months. :p
#9
Ok just unplugged it, Will run this battery out, Fully charge it again, then remove it for a while. :)
#10
numptyj
keep the battery out if you're just using on the mains.

also if you know you're not going to use the battery often makes sure there is no charge in it. If you leave it will full charge and dont use it for weeks or months on end it drains and loses charge over time.


Oh will just drain this then, and not bother to fully charge before I remove.
banned#11
Syzable
master_chief
I've left my Vaio plugged in for 18 months and I still get a decent charge out of it.

How would you know?? It's been plugged in for the last 18 months. :p

I take it out from time to time. Was running on battery the other night for 2 hours fine. It's probably better for the battery than charge and go.

Wouldn't recommended taking battery out either, feels too weird for starters.
banned 6 Likes #12
Theres either a lot of idiots in this thread, or a lot of faulty batteries/laptops.

Since this is HUKD, I'm absolutely sure its the batteries.
1 Like #13
whatsThePoint
Keeping the battery in won't kill it if its constantly plugged into the mains
Plugging and unplugging into the mains will


i used to work in a sony centre and we used to get a lot of Vaios coming back where the battery had died after 12-18 months just cos it was kept in all the time on the mains so yeah it kind of does matter

they didnt enjoy it too much when they realised they had to fork out another £90+ to replace the battery on their £400 machine lolz

Edited By: numptyj on May 27, 2011 11:54
banned#14
numptyj
whatsThePoint
Keeping the battery in won't kill it if its constantly plugged into the mains
Plugging and unplugging into the mains will

i used to work in a sony centre and we used to get a lot of Vaios coming back where the battery had died after 12-18 months just cos it was kept in all the time on the mains so yeah it kind of does matter

but then my Vaio is fine...

it's not the usage but the battery.
banned 3 Likes #15
numptyj
whatsThePoint
Keeping the battery in won't kill it if its constantly plugged into the mains
Plugging and unplugging into the mains will


i used to work in a sony centre and we used to get a lot of Vaios coming back where the battery had died after 12-18 months just cos it was kept in all the time on the mains so yeah it kind of does matter

they didnt enjoy it too much when they realised they had to fork out another £90+ to replace the battery on their £400 machine lolz


LOL numpty....sony centre experts are one step up from pc world experts :P

no h4te brah (little bit of h4te)
#16
I do the same with my laptop, Keep it plugged in 24/7 and when i do use the battery it runs fine for almost 3 hours, been on the mains for year and half. I just make sure i let the battery drain out ones a month and plug the mains in again for the charge. BTW mines an Acer Aspire.

Edited By: steev08 on May 27, 2011 12:02
banned#17
I reckon those returning their laptops to Sony were fibbing to make it sound like they didn't use the battery a lot. user's tend to fib a lot in my vast experience!!
#18
You should never overcharge anything. People who charge their phones overnight always complain their battery doesnt last a year down the line.
banned#19
whatsThePoint
Ruscoe21
You should never overcharge anything. People who charge their phones overnight always complain their battery doesnt last a year down the line.


Thats because they have an iphone


again, inb4 I get called a fanboy, but the iPhone 4 has one of the best smartphone battery lives out there.
#20
I am on my laptop a good 16 hours a day. Keep it plugged in at my desk all day then take it to bed with me on a night to watch tv or a movie and run it off the battery then. I never remove the battery in case for some reason the plug comes out of the laptop and I lose all of my work, or the electric trips. Sod that for a game of soldiers.

I have been doing this for years, never really found any problems and never had to replace a battery on any of my laptops. I am sure in todays technology there will be something in the laptops to stop them over charging once they reach 100%.

I do however agree that it will certainly do no harm in running the battery fully down once in a while to give it a full discharge. Over the years manufacturers have recommended doing this to anything that uses rechargeable batteries.


Edited By: InfernoGroup on May 27, 2011 12:25
banned#21
Consensus is it's fine then and probably better to keep battery in.
#22
InfernoGroup
I am on my laptop a good 16 hours a day. Keep it plugged in at my desk all day then take it to bed with me on a night to watch tv or a movie and run it off the battery then. I never remove the battery in case for some reason the plug comes out of the laptop and I lose all of my work, or the electric trips. Sod that for a game of soldiers.

I have been doing this for years, never really found any problems and never had to replace a battery on any of my laptops. I am sure in todays technology there will be something in the laptops to stop them over charging once they reach 100%.

I do however agree that it will certainly do no harm in running the battery fully down once in a while to give it a full discharge. Over the years manufacturers have recommended doing this to anything that uses rechargeable batteries.



Good point thanks, We went with a Laptop this time as we had 3 power cuts last year and it switched our PC off each time within a short space of time, after that we got the blue screen of death then had to buy a new motherboard.

I will just run the battery down once a month but keep it in machine.
#23
I wouldn't trust anything you read on this website. Half the people are saying one thing, half are saying the other. Just google it and do some research from a reputable website, you will get far better tips than listening to the clowns on this website.

Edited By: sdavi3680 on May 27, 2011 12:36
#24
if you are going to leave the battery in let it fully charge and then discharge fully (or before the laptop dies). that way you can atleast make your battery last a littel longer. But as with all rechargable batteries they are not made to last a lifetime.

I have a HP and the battery life stated 2 hours run time. after a few years it has a little less but not by much.

But if you leave your laptop in a single place and do now take it away (effectively using it as a desktop), then i would take the battery out and use a direct plug in as many people abover have recommended.

i used to work in a sony centre and we used to get a lot of Vaios coming back where the battery had died after 12-18 months just cos it was kept in all the time on the mains so yeah it kind of does matter

sorry brethren, got to ask.... you still get Sony discount :D



Edited By: Rupz on May 27, 2011 12:50
#25
sdavi3680
I wouldn't trust anything you read on this website. Half the people are saying one thing, half are saying the other. Just google it and do some research from a reputable website, you will get far better tips than listening to the clowns on this website.


Lol, I agree to some extent but isn't Google just going to find you people's speech of their own free will. If anyone want's a concrete answer then get on the phone to technical support and speak to some spotty geek on a YTS who reads off a script and knows naff all.

So where does it end and who do you trust?

My statement gave a real life situation, as in my years and years of using computers. For those that say it damages batteries, well they could have had weak batteries anyway, but then again it could have contributed to finishing them off.

But I use laptops for at least 16 hours a day , sometimes more and never ever had to buy a new battery. I run my main one on mains power with battery in for a good 12-14 hours a day constant then run it on battery for a couple of hours after that.

As I say, I would have though the current would be diverted from the battery once it reaches 100% charge, so I can't see how it can still damage it after this? i may be wrong and if I am then why on earth have manufacturers not done this by now? It's not rocket science.
2 Likes #26
vibeone
numptyj
whatsThePoint
Keeping the battery in won't kill it if its constantly plugged into the mains
Plugging and unplugging into the mains will


i used to work in a sony centre and we used to get a lot of Vaios coming back where the battery had died after 12-18 months just cos it was kept in all the time on the mains so yeah it kind of does matter

they didnt enjoy it too much when they realised they had to fork out another £90+ to replace the battery on their £400 machine lolz


LOL numpty....sony centre experts are one step up from pc world experts :P

no h4te brah (little bit of h4te)


haha, I wasnt too bad on some of the products, mainly tvs and laptops. Was more about connecting to the customer though rather than reeling off stats. But I knew nothing about hifi. or amps etc.

Anyway it was a crap paid job with long hours and annoying people coming into the shop because there are some many freaks in the town I live in lol.
#27
sdavi3680
I wouldn't trust anything you read on this website. Half the people are saying one thing, half are saying the other. Just google it and do some research from a reputable website, you will get far better tips than listening to the clowns on this website.

what a stupid thing to say. There are loads of people on this site who have far superior knowledge about certains things and you can always call upon them to give advice or point you in the right direction.

I hope the next time you request anything some one gives you the middle finger

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Edited By: Rupz on May 27, 2011 12:58
banned#28
Generally in my last job with Macbooks, it was the roadwarrior sales staff who went through batteries more than the deskbound staff.
2 Likes #29
Although taking the battery out will help, the battery will still degrade slightly but not as fast as if it was being charged constantly.
banned#30
Also if you leave your battery out you will probably not know you have a faulty battery until it's out of warranty.
#31
Charging circuit should cut out at battery level 100%
#32
Lasted about 2 hours 15 off plug, 1 hour of that wasnt being used, just sat open while I was at the gym, 2nd hour music was playing and was sat on the net, Doesnt seem the best of time, but then again it will be mainly run off the plug anyway :)
#33
Most batteries nowadays have builtin overcharge protection.
#34
Buy a desktop
#35
My work lappy is plugged in daily (during the week) & I get several hours out of it when I'm working away from the office (HP Compaq 6910p).

It has a built in overcharge protection, for instance, if I hover over the battery iscon now, it says "98% available, plugged in, not charging".

Saying that, my home HPPavillion lappy lasts about 5 mins from a full charge as that used to be plugged in constantly.

So, it depends on the laptop..........
#36
I think you never let the battery fully discharge.You let the battery charge till it 50% and take out and use comp on mains.When you buy a new Laptop it comes with 50% charge and its better to store the battery at 50% charge.
http://batteryuniversity.com/
#37
patti
I think you never let the battery fully discharge.You let the battery charge till it 50% and take out and use comp on mains.When you buy a new Laptop it comes with 50% charge and its better to store the battery at 50% charge.
http://batteryuniversity.com/


Very useful - Thanks :)

So for a Lithium ION battery:-

- You don't need to worry about 'memory' in fact full discharge can shorten battery life.

- Batteries should not be stored with full charge - especially at high temperatures.
- If storing your battery 40% charge is advised.

- 100% Charge and high temperature is very bad - so running your laptop on mains toasting the fully charged battery may reduce it's capacity - if you can risk the loss of data that a mains failure might cause remove the battery when running on mains.

Edit: Personally I'll keep running my laptops on mains with the batteries in; I haven't noticed any drop in capacity and am way too lazy to fuss around removing and replacing the battery.


Edited By: wombat6025 on May 27, 2011 19:13: clarity.
#38
my laptops been plugged in with the battery for over a year, battery lasts just as long as it did when i first got it

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