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I have a new HP Compaq 610. Most of the time I use it plugged and with the battery removed, to avoid wearing it. Sometimes I need to move it to somewhere else - currently I hibernate the machine, move it, plug it in its new location, and power it up again.

I wonder if it's possible to plug the battery while the machine is on and running on AC power, move it, plug it, and unplug the battery again, without ever turning it off. I'm afraid to try it myself. Does anyone know?

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Best practice says no, but I used to do it all the time without any problem what so ever.... However, it really depends on the laptop - I have never had a problem, but, yours may have a very sensitive PSU and the change in power requirements could either restart or blow something.

If I was you, look up the cost of a replacement battery - you may be surprised, some are as cheap as $20, ask yourself is it really worth the trouble for that amount of money? Memory effect doesn't really exist any more and by the time you experience wear and tear on a battery, it will probably almost be time for a new laptop.

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    yep, Both Wil and Idigas are right. I have done the same thing to my laptop many times with no ill effects...
    – studiohack
    Mar 4, 2010 at 0:45
  • Wil and @studiohack — So, is it just like 1. remove the battery 2. plugin the power chord, power up the laptop and get going? Or are you doing something else too?
    – its_me
    Jul 27, 2012 at 18:32
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    Memory effect doesn't really exist any more Not in the NiCd sense, no, but Li-ion batteries have their own problem which is the same basic thing: they lose capacity over time, and not that long either. After just three years (of almost always leaving the battery in while plugged in), the Li-ion battery in my laptop was down to just 42% of what it was brand new. You may say it is time for a new laptop after three years anyway, to which I respond, sure, just send me a check and I will do so.
    – Synetech
    Oct 9, 2015 at 3:13
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As other answerers have said, this is a very "your mileage may vary"-ish issue, dependent on your particular tech. But just to provide another viewpoint...

A few years ago, I bought a Fujitsu laptop that worked great for about a week. Then I popped out the battery just the way you said, and since then, the computer has only been able to last about three minutes without AC power, even on a fully charged battery. Either the computer is destroying good batteries that I put in, or the amount-of-juice-remaining sensor was permanently damaged; I never bothered to figure out which.

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  • So the moral is: Test while still under warranty... (Sounds like a battery calibration issue)
    – Xen2050
    Dec 28, 2017 at 23:13
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To add to what Wil already said. I also never had any problems with it. Yes, recommendation is not to do it, but then again, I've read some funky recommendations over the years, half of them probably useless.

As far as your laptop model goes, I have hp compaq 6715, which is relatively simlar (at least visually), and it never had any problems with that sort of thing.

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If you're reading this, it worked. Things I've done:

  • Removed battery while on battery dead condition and under AC power
    • Sleep remembered running programs as normal

And reversing polarity

  • Put PC back to sleep mode to plug dead battery and under AC power
    • Sleep remembered running programs as normal

If you're not reading this I further destroyed my suspect battery.

Details:

  • Win 8.1 x64 Lenovo Z40
  • Battery: OEM Lenovo L12M4E01
  • Battery wear level = 81% (according to 3rd party battery life software)(100% is new)
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    I don't get it, too cryptic. Can you answer the question more clearly and directly?
    – fixer1234
    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:38
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Perform this search on Google and you will see this question has been asked on many different forums. Peoples' experiences vary, so any time you decide to remove a battery or change it by hot swapping it, you may be taking a risk with your equipment.

To add a little personal experience:

My laptop is unique. A computer wizard put in custom parts to give it the body of an Acer Aspire One netbook, but the guts of a more powerful machine with flash hard drives and 16 Gigs of RAM. The machine is power hungry, and I bought it off a friend who had been using it less than a year around 2013. It has Win7 64bit for the OS. I read a post that when you buy new batteries, you should "condition" them by letting them drain to 30% and then re-charging about 5 times over the first week or so. This is recommended by the site that sells the batteries. I goofed and left it plugged in while changing a battery once, and happily, I suffered no ill effects.

However, reading the many variations in other peoples' experiences with this same topic, I do not feel I can trust the hardware to behave consistently in this regard.

It makes more sense to hibernate, let it completely turn off, and change while not plugged in rather than risk killing a laptop full of all of my hard work just for the convenience of not having to wait through a hibernate and restart cycle. It's not just the money. How much time and work do you lose building up a new system to replace all that is lost should your laptop get fried when no one really knows or can give a definitive answer concerning the risks? I spent a lot of time installing and configuring things on my laptop over its years of ownership. I will upgrade eventually, but it's a lot of work, so I'd rather delay until I have to.

On a final note: If you wanted to approach this scientifically: who would test this? Who has the money to write a report on which laptops can do this and which ones will die? Answer: probably no one, and the few who do have better things to spend their time and money on.

Some of us have succeeded at a hot swap of a laptop battery, but that does not mean you will. If you must do this, you do so at your own risk. Unfortunately, that is probably the best answer you will ever get to this particular question.

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