Is your laptop taking hours upon hours to charge, only to then run out of battery power in an increasingly short timeframe? You probably need to replace the battery.
As tempting as it can be to consider these little components a bit of a ‘set-and-forget’ part of your device, the reality is that laptop batteries are not designed to last a lifetime. The more you use your laptop, the more the battery’s capacity decreases, often leading to an increasingly frustrating computer experience. Even with moderate use, you may find the battery’s charge has declined within a year’s time.
Thankfully, this crucial element of your computer can be easily replaced. The following steps are designed to help make things as simple as possible when it comes to purchasing a HP notebook battery replacement
- Generate a battery report
Before investing in a replacement, it’s a good idea to check the current performance of your battery. This is a relatively simple process on a Windows device: using the Command Prompt function, enter ‘powercgg/batteryreport’ into the tool’s search bar, then navigate to your Users folder, where the battery report should be ready to view.
If you notice significant discrepancies between the Design Capacity (that is, how much your brand new device could hold) versus the Full Charge Capacity (that is, how much your device can hold now), then it’s probably time for a replacement.
- Check your laptop’s model number
This information is pertinent to ordering the correct replacement for your device. You can usually find the model number located in your laptop’s product label.
It can also help to determine the battery’s model and serial numbers, provided the information is readily accessible.
- Weigh up the costs
You may find it more difficult to track down a replacement battery for an older laptop model. In these cases, the costs can be higher due to the age of the laptop. It’s therefore a good idea to consider whether you’re better off purchasing a new laptop rather than simply replacing the battery on an old one.
- Disconnect your laptop
Once you’ve successfully sourced your battery, you can begin the replacement process. While it may seem like common sense, it’s important to underline the importance of disconnecting your device from its power source before you go and remove the old battery. Forgetting this step can put you at serious risk of electric shock.
- Remove the old battery
Using either a laptop opening kit or a Phillips-head #0 screw driver, gently remove the back panel of your laptop, then the screws holding the original battery in place. Once loosened, carefully disconnect the cable attaching the battery to the system, bearing in mind that any damage may lead to problems down the track. You may now completely remove the old battery.
- Connect the new battery
Pop your battery replacementinto the slot, making sure it is lined up, then carefully connect the cable to the new battery. Screw the battery into place, then replace the back panel.
- Generate a new battery report to confirm performance
Last but not least, plug your computer into a power source and let charge for a few minutes before switching on. Use the same process as before to create a new battery report in order to review the Design Capacity. If all looks as expected, you’re good to go!