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Anyone here who prefers using laptops in AC adapter mode?

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    Default Anyone here who prefers using laptops in AC adapter mode?

    I am one of the people who uses my laptop like its a cellphone. I use with while it was powered by it's battery. I turn it off when it is close to low batt and I let it cool down for an hour before I decide to charge it. My brother on the other hand, dont use the battery of his laptop. He prefers using his laptop in AC adapter mode because he can use it for hours as long as he likes. Nothing bad happened to his laptop by far and it is already 8 years old. I want to know if there is any harm or risk on using the laptop without a battery? Why some people prefer to use their laptops like its a desktop? Is there a risk on using a laptop in AC adapter mode?
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    My laptop is constantly plugged in, but I switch it off at night. I almost never move it. I bought a laptop because I needed it for my school some years ago. Now it just stays at home. It works very well, so I would say there is no risk, but the power adapter must be of the correct intensity/voltage. Some wall sockets can be faulty and burn the adapter. Maybe the battery life is shortening because of that.

    The screen saver is triggered after 5 minutes of inactivity, but not the power saver. Therefore, my computer never sleeps during the day, because I need all programs to be working instantly anytime.

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    In fact I have already raised his question earlier. My battery just died a few weeks back and I am now forced to use it on AC adapter mode. I think there should not be any issue in using your laptop like this provided there is constant supply of electricity. But I am in a bad situation as there is frequent power cuts in our area. I am going for a UPS to connect my laptop even though I have to sacrifice portability at times.

    I would not go for another battery as the low network coverage in my area will eat that away too. My earlier battery just stopped breathing in less than one year as I used my computer for mobile broadband connection in low network area. It works almost like mobiles in that case.
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    Installing a ups to a laptop seemed like an interesting idea. I don't know but most laptop batteries seemed to be undurable. Most of them gets broken easily. The only cool thing about batteries is portability.

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    All rechargeable batteries fade out after constant use! Its up to us to replace it, or use it as it is!

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    Speaking of batteries, This is a debate that is usually associated with cellphones and Tablets but I am curious about it so I will ask it anyway. Is it okay to use a laptop while charging it's battery? I am currently doing it right now.

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    As per experts we should use laptop only after the battery getting fully charged up. But we can use it in AC adapter mode while the battery is full and in case of a drop in battery power, just shut down the laptop and let it charge up fully. But I don't know how practical it is.

    I always use my laptop while my battery is charging. I am thinking of buying a UPS as my battery is almost down. A UPS could be a good investment as I can connect other devices too in it. But a laptop battery is fit for that device only. But yes, portability is an issue when battery is not there. But seriously I don't want to invest more on battery.

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    I guess laptop batteries can handle more abuse compared to a cellphones and tablets. How I wish batteries for smaller devices also works that way but sadly don't. I think I will still prefer AC adapter mode but I will use my batteries if I am going to be travelling.

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    Nearly all modern day batteries can withstand a device being used while its plugged in and charging.

    I agree though that batteries on these mobile devices need their life to be increased because at the moment getting 6 hours out of a mobile device isn't really good enough.

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    You are right, battery power is a serious concern in modern devices. I think the only solution to this is to use non-conventional energy sources to keep the battery powered up. I hope something in this direction will come up very soon. As technology advances, the need for powerful batteries is increasing like anything.

    I think like WiFi hotspots at public places, there should be a facility for wireless charging of phones at common places. That can at least remedy the current situation to some extent. But that is not a permanent solution either. There should be an alternate way to backup your phone than conventional battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    In fact I have already raised his question earlier. My battery just died a few weeks back and I am now forced to use it on AC adapter mode. I think there should not be any issue in using your laptop like this provided there is constant supply of electricity. But I am in a bad situation as there is frequent power cuts in our area. I am going for a UPS to connect my laptop even though I have to sacrifice portability at times.

    I would not go for another battery as the low network coverage in my area will eat that away too. My earlier battery just stopped breathing in less than one year as I used my computer for mobile broadband connection in low network area. It works almost like mobiles in that case.
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    For stationary laptops used at home it is a good idea to use it on Ac adapter all the time provided you have a good UPS with a short switchover time of 3o milliseconds when mains power fails.BUt ensure that the mains connection is through a Spike buster extension box with fuse io protect the AC adapter when there is a voltage surge.But always use the original AC adapter supplied with the laptop. The mA rating mentioned on the Adapter is important.
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    To be honest I think charging ports can already be found in more and more places than ever before and I think that trend is set to continue.

    Aswell as coffee shops and bars, phone chargers can also be found on trains now and many other places, due to the popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices people are using.

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    Yeah A UPS will be essential for a stationary laptop that is being used under AC adapter mode because a single power interruption will have the laptop end up not being properly shutdown. Power interruptions can really ruin a PC really bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h n s mani View Post
    Hi,

    For stationary laptops used at home it is a good idea to use it on Ac adapter all the time provided you have a good UPS with a short switchover time of 3o milliseconds when mains power fails.BUt ensure that the mains connection is through a Spike buster extension box with fuse io protect the AC adapter when there is a voltage surge.But always use the original AC adapter supplied with the laptop. The mA rating mentioned on the Adapter is important.
    Thanks for the insight, that is really helpful. But how we can find out if the UPS has switchover time of 30 milliseconds or not? I am using the original AC adapter, but never thought about the spike buster extension box as you mentioned above. Thanks a lot for educating me.

    Can you elaborate more on mA rating on Adapter and how it is going to affect laptop? Can you also suggest some good UPS models which can be used for laptops and desktops?

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    Hi,There are very reliable brands of UPS avilable nowadays like LUMINOUS, MICROTEK, V-GUARD and WHIRLPOOL. I have a microtek in my house.When the power fails in daytime wew know it only b y the two beeps it gives out.You will see no change in the laptop screen u are working on! At night too the lights wont go off while the UPS cuts in! I am sorry for mentioning mA rating which is meant only for mobile phones.It is the Amp rating on the adapter and mentioned on the laptop user manual too.It will be usually between 1.5 to 2 amps.MY lenovo adapter has 1.7Amps.this determines the charging rate while on battery and also the extent of warming up of the laptop circuitt while on adapter mode.It becomes important when u are on adapter mode.I mean u have to always use adapter of that rating only.U may know a modern UPS is also designed to work well in fluctuating voltages.If the supple voltage drops below its rating it cuts off the supply.If there is a boost the spike buster takes care by blowing out the in built fuse.

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