How to Charge a HP Laptop Battery

By Tammy Clevenger

Charging an HP laptop battery is as easy as plugging the laptop into an electrical outlet and leaving the machine off for a span of time. If the computer and battery are operating properly, the battery will charge during this process. However, if the laptop is in use and the battery requires a charge, there are a few steps to take to decrease the power demand from using the laptop and increase the power available to the battery charging mechanism. The HP laptop’s “Power Plan” may be changed or customized with just a few simple steps.

Step 1

Right-click on the Power icon in the system tray at the bottom right of the Windows desktop. The Power icon looks like a D-cell battery and may appear to have a power cord connector in front, if the laptop is currently plugged into AC current.

Step 2

Select “Power Options” from the context menu. The Power Options settings page will appear. Three power plans are provided by default: Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance.

Step 3

Click the radio button in front of the “Power Saver” option to increase power to the battery charger while the laptop is in use.

Step 4

Close the Power Options window by clicking the “X” in the top right corner. The selection will save on exit.

Tips & Warnings

  • To create a custom power plan, select the “Create a Power Plan” link from the left navigation menu on the Power Options page. Select the desired options and save the plan with a new name. The custom plan will appear as a new option on the Power Options page.