Test Your HP Laptop Battery

| December 21, 2010

You can test Your HP Laptop Battery if you suspect it is having issues. Laptop batteries fail after a couple of years. They can fail sooner than that or last longer, depending on the quality of the battery and your computing behavior. HP laptop batteries are no different. So how can you tell if your laptop battery is dying? This is something you need to know in advance so you can order a replacement. Fortunately, there are a few quick ways to test your HP laptop battery and arrange for a replacement, if necessary.

Use HP Battery Check To Test Your HP Laptop Battery

If you have a Windows 7 computer, it shipped with a utility to help you test your HP laptop. HP has a built-in utility called Battery Check, which runs a diagnostic on your battery to determine if it’s still capable of holding a charge and able to perform well. To Test Your HP Laptop Battery using this, plug in your adapter and make sure the computer is charged as much as possible. If the battery is too weak, the test will not run properly. Once charged, proceed with the steps below:

  • Go to Start>HP Support Assistant.
  • Select Troubleshoot, then Power, Thermal and Mechanical.
  • Click Battery Check

You will then see either a diagram of a healthy battery or a warning stating the battery needs to be replaced.

Test Your HP Laptop Battery

The laptop battery above is indicated to be healthy and does not need to be replaced.

bad hp laptop battery that needs to be replaced

The laptop battery above has failed and needs to be replaced immediately.

If the battery is bad, you will receive a warranty ID number. Use this number to see if your laptop battery is still under factory warranty. If it is, submit the request for a replacement immediately.

If the battery is out of warranty, the screen will display that it is no longer covered.

Test Your HP Laptop Battery – Symptom Of A Dying Laptop Battery

One of the primary symptoms of a dying laptop battery is a battery that loses its charge quickly. Under normal circumstances, your laptop battery charge should last several hours. If it dies within less than an hour after unplugging it with a full charge, then the battery’s cells are getting weak and the battery should be replaced.

Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Laptop Battery

You can extend the natural life of your laptop battery by doing the following:

  • Remove the battery if the laptop will be plugged in for long periods of time.
  • Occasionally calibrate the laptop battery.
  • Routinely fully charge and discharge the battery.
  • Do not expose the battery to extreme heat.

Recycle Your HP Laptop Battery

If you test your HP laptop battery and it has died, make sure you dispose of the old battery in a responsible manner. Laptop batteries are very toxic and should not be thrown away in the trash. Please refer to the HP Recycling Center for instructions on how to send you battery in for proper disposal.

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  1. henrykins111 says:

    Hp says it is actually better(for my 210 battery at least) to avoid full discharges. It says it “prefers” a partial discharge…

  2. Pamela says:

    Thank you soooo much!!!! :D