Help settle an argument please.

Can a laptop work without its battery installed if - Can a laptop work without its battery installed if it plugged in?
United States
October 15, 2007 9:38am CST
OK so I got a new laptop and I had it at my sisters house. There was a family friend there who started a little argument. I told my sister that her battery needed to be charged on her laptop before she could use it. And Curtis (the friend) said that a laptop will work without its battery as long as its plugged into the wall outlet. Is this true? Can a laptop work without the battery installed as long as its plugged in?
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I think it will work in a wall outlet. My stepdaughter used to sometimes plug it in that way. It is still a good idea to charge the battery too though.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Yeah I have to fully charged batteries. I just didn't think it was possible to have it on without a battery. But maybe I'm wrong who knows.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Oct 07
It does indeed depend on the laptop. Some are able to run without the battery and just plugged in, but I remember others need the batter plugged in as part of the power component.
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• United States
21 Oct 07
Yeah I thought so.
@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Sure. As long as it is plugged in, the battery does nothing but charge. I have used my laptop with the battery removed before with no issues. The battery is just a cordless way of using a laptop for a while but isn't necessary if you have an outlet nearby. Answering from email so you probably got 100 of the same answers. Apologies if I repeated what others may have said.
• United States
19 Oct 07
Oh OK thank you.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I think it depends on the laptop, but I have run mine without the battery connected, just through the wall outlet.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
OH OK maybe it does depend on the laptop.
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• Philippines
2 Nov 07
I think it works that way, even with a Mac. I'm on a Mac, but I don't recall if it did work without a battery the last time I removed it and just kept the power plug/adapter on.. But I do know that with PC laptops, the computers work fine without the battery, just the AC adapter.