I'm using a laptop at home as a desktop replacement, so 99% of the time when the laptop is being used it is plugged in. Is this bad for the battery? Should I remove the battery so that it's not constantly being charged? And if I do, how should I store it?
Answer: Many of us use our laptops as you do--as our primary computer, always plugged in. If your laptop is capable of being powered by the AC adapter alone (without the battery in), then for best battery life, it may make sense to remove the battery when your laptop is plugged in, depending on your circumstances.
When to remove the laptop batteryHP suggests a two-week rule of thumb for when to remove the battery from your laptop and put it into storage. Remove the laptop battery when:
- Your laptop is going to be off for two weeks (for example, put into storage or if your laptop is seldomly used).
- You use your laptop plugged in (to a electrical outlet or docked in a docking station) continuously for two weeks or more, as most people do with desktop replacement laptops.