How to Charge Chromebook with USB

How to Charge Chromebook with USB

Sometimes while working your Chromebook might run out of battery and it can spoil your work or whatever you were doing. If you are also one of them who own a Chromebook and it is not charging or you are finding some alternatives to charge it. Like using a USB cable to charge your Chromebook when your charger is broken, or you forgot your charger while you went on a vacation, well then, you are at the right place. This guide will help you to know how to charge Chromebook with USB, without a charger, and some other ways to charge your Chromebook. So, let us read the article to know how to do it.

How to Charge Chromebook with USB

How to Charge Chromebook with USB

Before you look for alternatives to charge your Chromebook, check your battery and the original charger that came with your Chromebook or the one you are using to charge it to make sure if the charger is broken or not. If everything seems good with the battery and the charger, then you can try other alternative charging solutions for Chromebook.

In case you have lost or broken your charger, a USB Type-C cable can be a suitable alternative, but first, check whether your Chromebook has a USB Type-C port or not. Now, let’s head into the steps to charge your Chromebook with a USB Type-C charger.

1. First, click on the display time shown in the lower right corner of your screen.

2. Now, open the Settings menu.

Chromebook Quick Settings panel - Settings gear icon

3. Then, click the Power option.

4. Then, choose USB-C port as your power option.

5. Plug your Type-C charger into a power outlet.

Using a USB Type-C cable can come in handy as almost every smartphone nowadays comes with a USB Type-C charger. So basically you don’t have to carry multiple chargers for your Chromebook and mobile, as only one will do the work just fine.

How to Charge Chromebook Without Charger

At times when you are using your Chromebook and suddenly it runs out of battery and your charger is not with you or you lost it somehow. Then, in such a scenario occurs, you don’t have to worry as we will show you how to charge Chromebook without charger. Yes! You read it right, without a charger you can charge your Chromebook, but for that follow the below-mentioned methods.

Method 1: Charge Chromebook with USB Type-C Charger

This method is already mentioned in our previous section. You can follow the given steps above and charge your Chromebook with a USB-C cable.

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Method 2: Using Car Charger

A car charger can be a lifesaver when you are in urgent need of charging your Chromebook and finishing your pending work that was disrupted because you run out of battery. Some Chromebooks come with a car charger, if not, you can buy them from any electronics store or online. To charge your Chromebook with a car charger, all you have to do is, first plug the car charger into the car’s charging port and the other end of the car charger into your Chromebook’s charging port. There you go! You can now charge your Chromebook with a car charger.

Method 3: Using Universal Charger

When you don’t have your original charger for your Chromebook, you can go for a universal charger. As it comes with several jacks and pins that can be used to charge different laptops or Chromebooks. You just have to choose the correct pin compatible with your Chromebook and plug it into your Chromebook and the other end into a socket.

How to Charge Chromebook with HDMI Cable

Are you thinking of using an HDMI cable to charge your Chromebook when your original charger is broken or lost? Well, you are not wrong you can charge your Chromebook with an HDMI cable, but there are some considerations. First thing is, your Chromebook should have an HDMI-IN port. And to know how to charge Chromebook with HDMI cable, follow these steps:

Note: Using an HDMI cable to charge your Chromebook can be slow, as the power from an HDMI cable is 5v compared to the original charger which gives a power of about 18-20v in most laptops or Chromebook chargers. So, it is advised to use an HDMI cable for charging only during an emergency as it runs the chance of damaging the Chromebook.

1. Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI-OUT port of the charging device (common charging devices that have HDMI-OUT ports include TVs, laptops, DVD players, and Blu-ray players).

2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI-IN port of your Chromebook.

3. You should see a power symbol on the battery icon at the bottom right corner of your Chromebook screen.

Another way to use the HDMI cable to charge your Chromebook is by using an HDMI-IN to USB-C adapter. So, let’s see how to do it.

1. Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI-OUT port of the charging device.

2. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the adapter.

3. Now, connect the adapter to your Chromebook’s USB Type-C port.

You can check if your Chromebook is charging or not by hovering your mouse over the battery symbol and you will see Plugged in if it’s charging.

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How to Charge Chromebook with Portable Charger

If you are traveling and you forget your Chromebook’s charger, then using a portable charger can be a convenient way to charge your Chromebook. As you can also charge your other devices like mobile phones, TWS earphones, and more, so carrying a portable charger with you is never a bad idea. Now, let’s see how to charge Chromebook with portable charger.

Note: This should work fine, but the charging can be slow compared to charging with an original charger as the power output of the portable charger is low.

If your Chromebook comes with a USB Type-C port, then it is likely to support USB charging.

1. Take the USB-C cable and plug one end of the cable into your portable charger.

2. Now, take the USB-C pin at the end of the cable and connect it to the USB-C port on your Chromebook.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Can I charge the laptop with a phone charger?

Ans. Yes, you can charge your laptop with a phone charger, but the charger should be a USB Type-C charger and your laptop should have a USB-C port. Then, all you have to do is,

1. Click on the display time shown at the lower right corner of your laptop screen.

2. Then, open the Settings menu.

3. Click on the Power option.

4. Choose USB-C port as your power option.

5. Plug your Type-C phone charger into a power outlet.

Q2. How long do Chromebooks charge last?

Ans. It can last up to 10 hours of battery use on a full charge, that’s almost a full day of usage without needing to plug it in.

Q3. What is the best way to charge a laptop or a Chromebook?

Ans. The best way is to keep it between 40 – 80 percent charge. If you use your laptop or a Chromebook without plugging it in for charging, then try to keep the battery percentage above 40. And when you charge it, make sure to charge it at least till 80 percent.

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There are many alternative charging solutions to charge Chromebook without charger. You can still charge your Chromebook when you forget your charger or the charger is broken. All the different ways to do it, are discussed above. We, hope that this guide helped you to know how to charge Chromebook with USB. If you have any queries or suggestions you can write them down in the comment section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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