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Is there any issue to use a laptop without battery?

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    Default Is there any issue to use a laptop without battery?

    I have Toshiba laptop. The issue is that its battery is not holding power, it is shown as 0% available and not getting charged. But I am able to use the laptop as it works even if I remove the battery.

    Is there any harm in using the laptop without a battery? I know that if there is a power cut, my unsaved data will be lost and laptop will shut down immediately. Will it damage my laptop?

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    Yes it will damage your laptop if it shuts down frequently without you using the shut down option inside windows properly. Your PC shuting down (electric failure for example) while being used, even if you are doing soft task can damage over time your Graphic Processor Unit (GPU, or Graphic Card), it can become broken to the point where your PC won't display any image at all.
    Of course if you use your PC without battery and it usually never shuts down you won't have any problem at all, and it's better in fact, because batteries generally heats up a lot and contributes a bit to overheating the PC's, so if you are near a jack you should definitely take the battery off of the computer and plug in the charger!

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    That means it can be a serious problem in future. I used my laptop without battery a number of times and it went off when there was a power failure. My battery does not hold power and it seems that I need to replace it soon.

    Anyway, thanks for the clarification and help. I will try to get a battery soon as power cuts are very common in our area. By the way, is it possible to get the battery repaired for further use in laptop?

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    My understanding is that a laptop battery is just like any other and after numerous charges it will start to lose power, eventually becoming dead, as yours is. A battery can be replaced, only a quick search on the web with the make and model number of your laptop will send you to various sites that you can buy a new one from, and usually they're not that expensive. Unfortunately though they can't be repaired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegreen View Post
    Yes it will damage your laptop if it shuts down frequently without you using the shut down option inside windows properly. Your PC shuting down (electric failure for example) while being used, even if you are doing soft task can damage over time your Graphic Processor Unit (GPU, or Graphic Card), it can become broken to the point where your PC won't display any image at all.
    Of course if you use your PC without battery and it usually never shuts down you won't have any problem at all, and it's better in fact, because batteries generally heats up a lot and contributes a bit to overheating the PC's, so if you are near a jack you should definitely take the battery off of the computer and plug in the charger!
    Hi,

    The laptop can be comfortable used on mains power thru adpter if you have an UPS?Inverter at home which takes over when mains power fails!The changeover happens in 30 milliseconds!
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    If you are using via UPS, there is absolutely no problem in using with a dead battery. But, if you do not have UPS, then the cost of buying UPS and replacing battery may work out to be almost similar. If the tubes in your home restart when the inverter takes over, then the inverter had more delay than can be sustained by the laptop and therefore would not suit the purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    If you are using via UPS, there is absolutely no problem in using with a dead battery. But, if you do not have UPS, then the cost of buying UPS and replacing battery may work out to be almost similar. If the tubes in your home restart when the inverter takes over, then the inverter had more delay than can be sustained by the laptop and therefore would not suit the purpose.
    I think that is a valid point. So UPS is better than going for a laptop battery, right? But I doubt UPS is costlier than battery. Do you have any idea of its approximate cost? I think UPS with minimum capacity will do for a laptop.

    But one major drawback is the lack of portability. UPS is not portable like a laptop with battery. If the laptop is not portable, then the basic purpose is defeated, I think.

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    To be honest if you have regular power failings or blackouts then I wouldn't even bother messing about with UPS, I'd just price up a new battery and get your laptop back to how it used to be.

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    But going for a battery would not be wise for me due to low network coverage. It will eat up my battery very soon again. I think the price of a UPS is very much similar to battery which is around $25 -30. I need to pay that amount for a battery which is not branded hence not reliable at all. The main underlying issue is the low network coverage.

    I think I would go for a battery once I get my BSNL broadband in place, which is not going to happen soon. Thanks to BSNL's excellent customer support!

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    I was going to say I'd probably wait until the BSNL connection I'd in place and then decide about what you need to do regarding the battery.

    If the connection is stable, and there's no reason it shouldn't be, then buying a battery will be the logical choice, but at the end of the day it's also whatever suits your budget also.

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    You must be careful of what type of inverter you use. Many are not suitable for laptops which have very delicate electronics and can damage them. An inverter that is specially built for laptops will be costly and far more expensive than replacing your battery. I think it's best to just buy a new battery since it will probably last you another 3 years or more.

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    Why don't you purchase a new battery? For Toshiba' laptop it should not be too expensive. Any electronic gadget, might malfunction with interrupted electric supply.

    Reading through this thread again and may be and just may be I'm off the mark but what this statement of yours:
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    The main underlying issue is the low network coverage.
    has got anything to do with the original question of this thread. I wonder!

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