The one thing that I like the most about laptops is the portability. They give us the ability to take it wherever we want to go. If we wish to work in coffee shops, or whether you have some business to attend to out of town, the convenience of having a laptop with you is just fantastic.
It is useful for college students too as they can use it in school and even in the libraries for studying. These are all possible because of the laptop’s ability to operate even when it is unplugged. With a decent battery, you can use your computer for hours.
In some situations like a power outage, laptops are handy as you can continue to work and wait until the power comes back.
But at some point, you will experience that very frustrating moment when you will not be able to use your laptop because the battery is empty. So, with that, it will be our charger that will save us.
For every laptop that you purchase, it will always come with its standard charger. For this reason, you can use your computer for a longer period of time, as long as it is plugged in. You can also take advantage of modern coffee shops, where they offer free charging for your laptop.
But what if I forgot my charger? How can I still use my laptop? Or what if my laptop charger is broken? how can I charge it?
Luckily, there are alternative ways to charge a laptop, without the use of a standard charger.
In this article, we will discuss some of the options regarding how you can charge your laptop without a charger, or at least, without the standard charger.
1. Universal Charger
Have you come across different tools that are “universal?” The term universal is used for things that are fully compatible with many types of products.
For example, a Samsung remote will probably work specifically for Samsung TVs only. But with a universal remote control, you can change the channel, adjust the volume, and change almost everything on your TV, without the use of the standard remote control.
The same goes for laptop chargers. Normally, you should be able to charge your laptop by using only the charger that comes with it, not to mention that each laptop has its unique plug type for each brand.
But with the use of a universal charger, it will be possible for you to charge your laptop (and many others) without the standard charger.
A universal charger works by changing its adaptor type, which can be detached and changed, at the end of the charger that plugs into the laptop.
The charger kit will come with many plug types that will connect with a wide range of laptop brands.
Investing in a universal charger is actually a pretty good option since you can use it with almost every brand of laptop, but the best part is they are far easier to source in a hurry than a very specific charger.
The only drawback to this is if you were to lose a specific plug type, finding a replacement would be difficult. In this situation, you would probably need to buy a brand new universal charger.
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2. Power Banks
The power bank is now a very practical tool for charging mobile phones. It is extremely useful when you are traveling to different places, where you won’t have time or access, to charge your phone.
With this, you can take as many selfies as you want and upload it right away on your Social Media, without having to worry about your battery going empty. With the evolution of technology, you can now also charge your laptop by using a power bank.
Charging your laptop using a power bank is just the same as charging it using a USB Type-C cable, as mentioned in our previous article “can you charge a laptop through USB?“. The only difference is that instead of connecting the laptop to the power outlet, you will plug it straight into the power bank.
But you must still be careful when using a power bank. Always choose a power bank by a reputable brand or one with lots of positive reviews.
In the past, my mobile phone battery was damaged because of a poor quality power bank. Though I may not have solid proof that cheap power banks will damage your battery, it is still better to be safe than sorry later on.
3. Charge Your Laptop In Your Car
I’m sure every one of you has already charged their phone or tablets inside a car.
But most of the time, it is not our sole intention of charging our gadgets inside our vehicle. It just happens to charge on its own when it is attached to the speaker system using a USB cable when we listen to music.
Luckily, you can also charge your laptop while in your car by using the same method.
Again, you can do this by following the steps on how to charge your laptop using a Type-C USB cable.
But this time, you will need a USB Type-A to Type-C adapter, since most vehicles only have USB Type-A ports inside them.
On the other hand, you can also buy a single USB cable that has a Type-A on one end and Type-C on the other end.
Another way of charging your laptop inside your car is by connecting it to the cigarette lighter outlet through a power inverter.
4. Bring An Extra Battery For Backup
Having a backup battery is always handy as it can be used in the event that our laptop battery will go empty. We can use this extra battery so our tasks will not get disrupted whenever you encounter a low battery.
Just make sure to always charge them both fully so you can get the max benefits.
However, having an extra battery only works for laptops with a detachable battery. It will not work for laptops with a built-in battery as removing it will be way more complicated than it may seem.
Removing a built-in battery will require you to open the base of your laptop and carefully remove the wires attached to it.
It will not be worth the hassle, plus there is a high chance that you might damage your laptop in the process.
5. Charging Your Laptop Using a Smartphone
The last option is kind of odd. Normally, we charge our phones on our laptops. But this time, it’s our laptop that will be charged using our cell phone. It may sound stupid, but this actually works.
Most modern smartphones today, have a USB Type-C port, which can be used as a power source for your low-battery laptop.
So to charge your laptop using your cellphone, just plug both ends of the USB Type-C cable into both your laptop and cellphone. Once connected it should automatically start transferring the power from the phone to the laptop.
The disadvantage of charging your laptop using a cellphone is that the power is very limited. So don’t expect to gain much battery life from your phone as a laptop requires lots more power than a cellphone.
So keep in mind that this option should only be used as a last resort.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you charge a laptop with a phone charger?
Yes. You should be able to charge your laptop using a phone charger, ONLY IF your laptop has a USB Type-C port, and if your phone charger is also a Type-C USB.
Can you charge a laptop via HDMI?
No. Charging requires a medium that is capable of transferring electricity from the power source to its destination. An HDMI cable is only capable of transferring audio and video data.
Can I use a different laptop brand charger?
No. Since there are no universal standard connectors for a laptop’s power plug, each brand has its own unique plug type specifically designed for its own particular products.
Using a charger from another brand will most likely not fit into your laptop. So using a charger from different manufacturers will not work.
I hope that you now have the knowledge needed to charge your laptop without its charger. These tips should be enough to help you get your laptop powered up quickly and working again, when you don’t cannot charge as you usually would.
James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.