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This is a question that I thought of the other day.

I know its not good to constantly be charging your Laptop but what if the charger was constantly plugged in to a wall outlet? Do you think you should unplug it? What if you don't?

ie. You unplug your laptop but leave your charger still in the outlet.

asked Jan 08 '12 at 02:57

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I keep mine plugged in all the time. I only unplug it when I'm travailing

answered Jan 08 '12 at 04:12

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I do the same

(Jan 08 '12 at 13:11) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Mine is only unplugged when I travel like @kingnazz said, but the only damage it really does is to the environment. :)

answered Jan 08 '12 at 06:20

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Very true I do the same.

(Jan 08 '12 at 13:11) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

I know about this problem FIRST hand. I had a laptop, and it recently quit on me, RIP Jan 1, 2012. I left it plugged in ALL the time, I never unplugged it. Around September the charger port started to act up, so I had to buy new chargers every couple of weeks as it rejected the charger around the 2nd or 3rd week of use. Then around December, the charger port started to act stranger, it only charged if you put about 15 pounds of pressure on the charger and the port. Finally on New Years Day, it quit on me, and it didn't charge ever since. Also, if you leave the charger on too long, your battery starts to wear down, and Windows 7 will annoy you with "Battery Health Warnings" at the battery icon in the taskbar.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 11:35

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DJ Scooby Doo

Not being rude, but he/she did state that he/she knows leaving it plugged in, but I think this question was dedicated to leaving JUST the charger plugged in. Correct me if I am wrong and all. :)

(Jan 08 '12 at 12:26) thecybershocker thecybershocker's gravatar image

You are indeed correct :)

(Jan 08 '12 at 13:10) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Whoops, my bad... Excuse me for not reading it correctly :(

(Jan 08 '12 at 14:22) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

LOL no worries, I didn't read it correctly, typed out a load of words in the best description as I could, re-looked at the question then had to remove my post ha! :(

(Jan 08 '12 at 15:50) thecybershocker thecybershocker's gravatar image

15 pounds of pressure...just curious, did you go and actually measure the amount of pressure needed or did you just throw in a random number to try and sound smarter? lol

(Jan 08 '12 at 16:57) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

Yes, I did actually measure it. If you look at this picture, (sorry for the darkness) that's how my laptop used to charge. 3 textbooks, and one very large paint bucket. http://goo.gl/FM392

(Jan 09 '12 at 17:22) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Alright. But why measure it? Seems pointless to me.

(Jan 09 '12 at 18:29) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

I measured it because why would I put pressure on a laptop charger without knowing how much I did? For example, if the pressure was like 50 pounds, I'd think its too much, I need to fix it. But at 15 pounds, it's fine, no damage should be done.

(Jan 09 '12 at 18:45) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Just keep putting stuff on until the problem is fixed

(Jan 09 '12 at 22:05) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image
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I have my laptop connected to a monitor, also using extended displays (so my laptop and my external monitor are working together to make a bigger display), and have a High Performance power plan(meaning "use as much power as you want to make the computer work as fast as possible"). I work on it for over 4 to 10 hours everyday. I have it connected to a charger and the wall ALL the time. I never leave it ON at night, I always either turn it OFF or HIBERNATE it.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 12:33

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When I'm not charging it, I unplug it from my laptop. I leave the wall side plugged in, but I cut the power to that socket via the light switch, so it has the same effect as unplugging it.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 14:43

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leaving your charger in the wall when it's not connected to the laptop is still using power. it's best to unplug things to save on power when your not using them, adapters keep pulling power if there left in, even if there not connected to anything on the other end.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 20:34

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I leave mine on the docking station when I'm home. I leave it in the dock because it is hooked up to my 50" tv. :-) Only time it gets unplugged is when I go to work since I take it with me.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 20:39

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Kevin Turner Jr

Then it will just run off of AC power and wont use your battery.

answered Jan 11 '12 at 15:54

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