Should You Use Your Laptop While Charging?

Hassaan Khan
Hassaan Khan
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Laptop and smartphone devices make our lives easier, whether you’re enjoying a laptop lifestyle in a beach house or working a 9-to-5 job.

But it’s highly unlikely that you know a whole lot about very devices you rely upon for business communication. Understanding the tech devices inside-out might be a big ask for an average Joe. We reckon most of you have no idea whether or not you should use your laptop while charging.

Hence, we thought to write a brief blog post that could make a difference even for a handful of readers.

Most laptop users opt for high-end laptop devices that have good battery-timing – the speed, battery timing, and performance of the latest laptop device might pay for itself.

Plus, these expensive laptop machines might not be as sensitive as their predecessors.

But does it mean we should plug in the charger when the low-battery notification pops up and get on with it?

The answer is no; it’s safe to know what raises a red flag.

Using a gadget while charging may be a no-go area for some users, but people have mixed opinions about that.

Therefore, we dug deep into the topic and gathered valuable information on “using the laptop while charging” to share with you.

Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

Should You Use Your Laptop While Charging?

Almost all the latest devices cut off the electricity supply when their batteries are full. So the chances are, keeping your devices plugged in won’t cause any trouble.

Let us give you three reasons why you don’t need to be worried about using your laptop while charging it:

1. Lithium-ion batteries are a game-changer

Most laptops have Lithium-ion batteries, which are better than predecessor Nickel-based batteries. The idea is that Lithium-ion batteries stop drawing electricity as soon as they’re full. So it can’t damage your laptop battery if you keep the charger plugged in even when the battery is full. Watch this video for more information on Lithium-ion batteries.

2. Laptops don’t overcharge batteries

One of the perks of getting the latest laptop machine is that it won’t overcharge the battery. Once the charger is plugged in, the laptop is directly powered by the A/C adapter, not the battery. Therefore, only excess power goes to the battery.

Moreover, if you use your laptop plugged in, remove the battery altogether and let the A/C adapter run the show.

3. Utilize power-saving features

A consumer reached out to Dell customer support via the community section on their website and asked about using the laptop while it’s plugged in. According to this thread on Dell’s website, it’s okay to use a Dell laptop while charging it, even when the battery is full.

Furthermore, the support representative went on to share a brief video tutorial on enabling the power-saving settings on a Dell laptop.

Also, check out the response from a Macbook user on Apple’s website when asked about using the Macbook while charging.

How to Prevent Your Laptop from Overheating

Overheating is a common problem in laptops. However, there aren’t any significant proofs that show that overheating causes due to using the laptop while charging. Let us give a sneak peek at the laptop overheating problem.

Here are a few hands-on tips on keeping your laptops from overheating:

  • Put your laptop on a flat surface or desk

One of the easiest ways to avoid a laptop’s overheating issue is by putting the laptop on a flat surface or desk. You must have noticed if you put a laptop on a couch or bed, the fan would start to make a noise after a while. The reason is that placing the laptop on an uneven surface blocks the ventilation system, and thus, the laptop starts overheating. Use a laptop stand instead.

  • Always keep the vents open

If you ever place a book or box right next to the laptop that blocks the vents, the laptop machine would start to get overheated. The reason is that the laptop’s fan would be pumping out the hot air through the vent, but if there is a blockage, the heat will bounce back towards the vent. It’ll eventually overheat the laptop.

  • Turn on the A/C

Indeed, positioning your laptop on a flat desk and keeping the vents opened help avoid overheating, but the suitable room temperature does make a difference. Turn on the air conditioning system to cool down the temperature. You’ll most probably avoid the laptop’s overheating problem.

  • Send your laptop for service and over-hauling

Try contacting your laptop’s retailer or manufacturer for annual service and maintenance, especially if the laptop freezes or shuts down due to overheating. Don’t shy away from at least two laptop checkups every year.

Would You Use Your Laptop While Charging?

We learned that you could use laptops while charging. Plus, we dug deeper into it and uncovered why the newer laptop batteries are one of the key reasons you can use your laptops while charging.

Furthermore, we also shared how you can avoid the laptop overheating problem by taking a few simple steps.

Let’s turn the tables now.

Tell us what you think of this, and more importantly, would you use your laptop while charging?

Let’s meet in the comments section.

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My name is Hassaan Khan. I write for online publications and build niche websites. I love writing content, playing tennis, and watching FRIENDS TV Show. I have a four years old Labrador Retriever; his name is Milo.
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