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      • #2357370
        Zaphyrus
        AskWoody Lounger

        My laptop’s battery died   so I already ordered a new one

        what I want to know are there some tips to use the laptop without the battery to protect it fom unexpected Outages or sudden disconnections?

        (my battery will arrive next week and I know there are signs of storms near my area)

        Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
        • This topic was modified 1 month ago by Zaphyrus.
      • #2357374
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        The best solution is a backup battery, either in the laptop or in a UPS. Anything else is a small desktop. 🙂

        cheers, Paul

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      • #2357380
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        All my computing gear (laptop, printer, 2 external HDDs, loudspeakers,..) are connected to a UPS.

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      • #2357412
        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        Iv’e run a laptop for over 12 years without the battery installed, and it’s still going strong. I recommend a Surge Protector on the mains socket connecting to the Laptop
        Actually we have Surge Protectors on all connected valuable electronics in the home.

        W10, the itch you simply cannot scratch!
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      • #2357443
        Zaphyrus
        AskWoody Lounger

        Thank you all threee I think I have ome surge protectors.

        Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
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        • #2357444
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          While you’re at it, it may be worthwhile changing the power saving policy to high performance when using the mains supply only 😉
          Just remember to switch it back when the battery is installed.

          W10, the itch you simply cannot scratch!
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      • #2357487
        Charlie
        AskWoody Plus

        When a bad storm with high wind and lightning comes up then I turn all electronics off at my residence.  I don’t entirely trust my surge protectors.

      • #2357634
        Sky
        AskWoody Plus

        I can confirm what Microfix said about running without a battery. I’ve run both of my laptops without batteries for years to keep the heat down and preserve the longevity of the components, and they’re both fine. Just be careful not to knock the power lead out!

        On the subject of surge protectors, it’s important to be aware that not all surge protectors are created equal. Surge protectors come with a rating in joules saying how much they can withstand, and this varies wildly between brands. I personally use the APC brand, which I’ve found to be the best in the UK, but better brands may be available where you live.

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      • #2357641
        anonymous
        Guest

        It’s fine, just have a good image your disk available to restore if severe corruption occurs from power loss.

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      • #2357646
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        severe corruption occurs from power loss

        Usually it is the hardware (motherboard, HDDs..) that are hit the most after a power spike..
        Only a UPS can protect your system.

        • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Alex5723.
        • #2357654
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Alex, I think that Anonymous was referring to a power loss, for example if the computer gets accidentally disconnected. So no spike, just a sudden, total loss of power.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

      • #2358306
        alphacharlie
        AskWoody Plus

        Of course you are talking about the main battery, not the coin-type battery on the motherboard, right?

        I have an old Thinkpad that has gone without a main  for many years.  I finally bought a new battery for it when I updated the BIOS from Lenovo’s version to “Middleton” and I thought it that was an inexpensive way to protect against a power failure during the very few minutes required for that BIOS update.  Since then I have used the battery a few times when I used the laptop on the road, but most of the time that machine stays on one desk with the battery removed.  No problem.

         

        • #2358463
          Zaphyrus
          AskWoody Lounger

          Naturally its impossible to use a computer without that kind of battery. of course I mean the power battery one.

          Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
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      • #2358621
        Charlie
        AskWoody Plus

        There have been times when the power went out without any warning in my neighborhood. This usually results from someone slamming into a power pole somewhere along the road.  I quickly turn the master power supply switch off on my desktop or unplug the AC adapter from my laptops. I’ve never suffered any damage to my computers’ motherboard, etc. When the power came back on and stayed on, I turned on the computers and they booted up okay but usually asked to do a system check first.

      • #2362316
        Ejonsson
        AskWoody Lounger

        There is no reason why a laptop wouldn’t work just fine without the battery in it, as long as you take a few aspects into account.

        First of all, make sure you’re using the original power adapter that came with the laptop. Power variations could cause components on the laptop’s motherboard to fail, which is something that the battery can prevent, by acting the way a UPS would.

        And speaking of power, you probably shouldn’t use a laptop without a battery if you live in an area where high-intensity electrical loads are likely. If you know that you don’t have good quality electrical current, don’t do this, or use a UPS too. That way you can make sure that your laptop doesn’t suffer any damage in the event of a high load. Not to mention a UPS is essential anyway as you won’t lose your work in the case of a power outage, and they act as a surge protector too.

        Another important thing is never to remove the power cord from the laptop when the laptop is working, as that could cause damage to its components.

        Also, don’t touch the battery contacts when it’s plugged in. They are well hidden in the case of most laptops, but you could get a bit of a jolt. It’s pretty low-voltage — most of them are at 24V maximum.

        And remember only to take out the battery when the laptop is turned off and unplugged.

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        • #2363548
          Zaphyrus
          AskWoody Lounger

          what happens when we do it  turned on?

          Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
          • #2363559
            kiwisolutionz
            AskWoody Lounger

            Kinda like getting knocked out but not knowing it until later! i.e. Memory loss, Concussion, leaks, and similar issues can occur next time you reboot perhaps ; >)

            If there is magic on this earth ... it's in the water.

          • #2363582
            Paul T
            AskWoody MVP

            Same as a power failure for your desktop. Probably no damage, but you may lose data.

            cheers, Paul

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