How to Charge a Lenovo Laptop Without its Charger

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What to Know

  • If the Lenovo laptop has a USB-C port, most USB-C chargers will work. A recent MacBook Pro charger would work just fine.
  • Use a power bank to have a regular power source for your Lenovo laptop.
  • Some phone chargers, including Samsung and Google phones, can recharge your laptop if they are also USB-C based.

This article teaches you how to charge your Lenovo laptop when you don't have its regular charger available to you. It looks at multiple different ways of doing so.

Is There Any Way to Charge a Lenovo Laptop Without Its Charger? 

Yes, you can recharge your laptop's battery even if you don't have the charger with you. One of the simplest ways is to use a power bank or portable charger. Here's what to do.

  1. Buy a power bank. 

    Make sure the power bank supports laptop charging and has enough capacity to cope with the demands of a laptop.

  2. Charge the power bank via a power source.

  3. Plug the power bank into your Lenovo laptop.

  4. Wait for it to recharge sufficiently. 

Can You Charge a Lenovo Laptop With USB?

It's possible to charge some Lenovo laptops via USB. Check what USB ports you have on your computer. If you have a USB-C connection, it's possible to recharge through this method providing the charger supports PD (Power Delivery). If you're not sure, check the ports on your laptop. They often have USB-C displayed on them in small print. Here's how to charge via USB-C.

It matters which type of USB port you have. You can't charge your laptop if the laptop only has regular USB-A connections.

  1. Buy a USB-C charger ensuring the voltage is correct.

    If the voltage is lower than the laptop requires, it may still work, but it will recharge at a slower speed. 

  2. Plug the USB-C charger into your laptop and then plug it into a power source.

  3. The laptop will now start charging. 

Can I Charge My Laptop With My Phone Charger?

Yes, it's possible to charge your Lenovo laptop with your phone charger, but there are some caveats. The phone charger needs to be a USB-C charger. Newer and high-end smartphones, including Samsung, Huawei, and Google Pixel phones, usually come with one. The laptop also needs to have a USB-C port.

If either of these devices doesn't support USB-C, you can't recharge your laptop via your phone charger. Regular USB-A (the rectangular kind) isn't compatible. 

Can I Charge My Lenovo Laptop With USB-C Phone Charger?

Yes. If the phone charger is a USB-C-based charger and your Lenovo laptop has a USB-C port, you can plug it into recharge. 

While it will charge your Lenovo laptop, it may recharge slower than using a dedicated laptop charger. That's because phones typically offer a different and lower voltage range than laptops, so a phone charger is a last resort for people needing to charge their laptops. 

What Other Methods Can I Use to Charge My Lenovo Laptop?

It's also possible to use a universal laptop charger to charge your laptop. These devices come with several AC adapters to fit a variety of different laptop needs. 

Such devices are handy if you have more than one laptop and want a charger that works for multiple different devices. 

  • Why won't my Lenovo laptop charge?

    If your laptop battery isn't charging, the charging cable might be damaged, the internal battery could be damaged, a driver could be corrupt, or the power outlet could be off. Run a Windows Battery Report and Windows Battery Troubleshooter for additional help.

  • How long should my Lenovo laptop battery last?

    Most Lenovo laptop batteries can last up to 10 hours on a full charge, but they degrade over time. Typically, they can last 2-4 years. Fortunately, there are ways to make your laptop battery last longer.

  • Do all Lenovo laptops use the same charger?

    All Lenovo ThinkPads made after 2018 use the same universal USB-C charger. All other universal chargers should work as well.

  • How do I fix my broken laptop charger?

    If your laptop won't charge, troubleshoot your charger by ensuring the outlet is working, and the cables are connected correctly. Do not attempt to wiggle the cable on either end if it has bare or damaged wires. If the charger is damaged, you should replace it.

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