In case you haven’t noticed, your laptop battery is not designed to last forever. You may have realized that you spend hours charging your laptop and the battery is draining quickly. This is because your battery’s capacity diminishes over time, so it won’t be the same as it used to be.
Here are the steps you will take when replacing your computer battery:
- Purchase a new HP laptop battery
Before you think about starting your computer, you first need to order a new battery. HP support can help you with this, but you can also find the make and model of your computer yourself to avoid ordering the wrong replacement battery.
If you are unsure of how to find a replacement battery for your HP laptop, you have several options:
- Use the Battery Finder Tool to find a suitable replacement
- If you need to replace the battery on your old computer, search a third-party website.
- Create a battery report in Windows
Before replacing your HP battery, you should get an idea of how well your battery is performing. Windows has made this easier with a battery-level report. Here’s how you can create a report:
- Click in the lower-left corner of the screen to open a command prompt.
- Type in “powering/battery report” and then hit “Enter”
- The battery status report will be saved
- Click the Users folder to locate and view the battery charge report
The report provides an overview of how the battery has performed in the past and an overview of the last three charge cycles. You will want to look at the calculated capacity and total charge capacity to determine if it is worth replacing the battery.
- Disconnect your laptop from the power source
This is the easiest step in the process, but worth repeating. Besides shutting down your laptop completely, you should also make sure that you unplug it from the power source. Otherwise, you risk injury from electric shock.
- Separate the back panel of your laptop with a screwdriver
Most HP notebook computers require the back cover to be removed to replace the battery. This means you may have to splurge on a Phillips screwdriver or laptop opening kit, which is inexpensive and can make the process of installing a new battery much easier.
There may be rubber feet on the back that you will need to remove before you can access the battery, but this depends on your HP laptop model. Use a plastic opening tool to pry off the rubber, which will allow you to remove the screws holding your laptop case together.
- Remove your laptop battery
Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the battery to the computer. Once it is loosened, you will need to disconnect the cable that connects the battery to your system. Be careful when doing this because these parts are fragile and you can cause problems in the future if you damage them. Also, be sure to remove the battery completely from the device.
- Connect your fresh battery to the body of your laptop
At this point, you can begin the process of connecting a cheap battery. After you insert a new battery, you will need to undo the steps you just performed for the computer to work again.
- Carefully connect the computer cable to the new battery.
- Screw the battery back into the device.
- Make sure the battery is installed securely, but not too tightly, or it may damage some components.
- Replace the back panel
Align the back cover with the rest of the laptop before using a Phillips screwdriver to put the cover back on. Replace the rubber feet on the bottom of the laptop, if you have them on your computer.
- Confirm performance with a new battery report
Once everything is lined up and put together, plug the computer into a power source. After a few minutes of charging, turn on the laptop to make sure everything starts up correctly. If your laptop is working properly, you will need to run another battery report to see what your design capacity is and if everything looks as you expect. If so, you’re ready to use your laptop again – this time with ample battery life!