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Spectre x360 15
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IMG_0210.JPGbulging batteryIMG_0209.JPGBattery about to popMy touchpad was being pushed out of place so I opened my laptop to see what the problem was. I found that my battery was dangerously bulging as if it were about to pop. I remove the battery and now I'm just using the laptop with AC power. Any assistance on this issue would be much appreciated. Thanks

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Yes I recently had exactly the same thing happen to me with a Zbook 15. Big bulgy battery. You figured out how to get it out of the laptop and you get kudos for that but now you need to replace it with a new battery. We need the specific model number of the laptop. There is no writing on the battery?? It is not about to pop by the way and there is not a fire or explosion hazard. Lithium ion material can swell its a part of its chemical properties. If the laptop and battery are still under warranty HP will replace the battery but without writing on the battery its not possible to see if its actually an original HP battery. 

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The battery must, of course, be replaced.  You did the right thing: Remove the battery to prevent damage.


The situation is not dangerous according to HP data.  Nonetheless, only dispose of the battery as your local laws dictate and do not let it near children or animals.  Common sense and I know you already know this.  Thanks for your patience while I spew the obvious.


Below find information on battery Recalls, Testing (None of which is necessary in this case), Warranty Repair, and Purchase options.


Skip the parts that do not at all apply.  Thanks.




Things that are the Battery


  1. Read important information about battery recall.
  2. If your battery is impacted, follow the instructions to contact HP.



If your battery is not impacted by the recall:

  1. Read Information and Run component tests on battery / AC adapter (charger).
  2. If necessary, purchase and install a replacement battery 



Recalls and Advisories


Product Recalls – Please READ

Open:  HP Replacement programs and product recalls



Important Update: Expansion of the Battery Safety Recall and Replacement Program for HP Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations announced in January 2018 – Additional Batteries Affected


HP urges customers to recheck all potentially affected products


In cooperation with various government regulatory agencies HP has announced an expansion of its worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries announced in January 2018. The potentially affected batteries may have been shipped with certain HP notebook computers and mobile workstations sold worldwide from December 2015 through April 2018.


The batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers.  It is essential that you check or recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected.

HP’s primary concern is for the safety of our customers. Because these batteries pose a fire and burn hazard, it is essential to visit the HP Battery Recall website at as soon as possible and check your battery.




August 2019 Expansion of the 2018 HP Notebook Computer and Mobile Workstation Battery Safety Recall ...


Partial Excerpt from the August 2019 Expansion Notification:
In August 2019, HP expanded its worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries which was announced in January 2018 and expanded in January 2019.


HP Support Community



Please Note:

Recalls - Devices / components eligible for Recall replacement are not subject to warranty status.


HP – Replacement and Product Recalls - Latest Information

 HP Replacement programs and product recalls


From HP - Important Information

 Battery Safety Mode


"Fat" Battery / Swollen Battery

HP EliteBook/ProBook/Zbook Workstations - Notebook PCs - Swelling or Deformation of Notebook Battery


Warranty Period


If the battery is failing / has failed and the computer is within the Warranty Period, contact HP Technical Support.

 “Everywhere” Contact Information - HP Technical Support

Open >  HP World-Wide Support

 Select your region and follow the prompts


Where to Find Additional Information about your device

Check your computer’s Website Support for important advisories and bulletins

Category "Bulletins and Advisories" (wording may vary)




Information / Tests


HP Community thread on the subject

Accepted Solution - Battery won't Charge or Battery won't Hold a Charge


Article that explains Smart Battery Technology  

Battery use and care, how batteries perform over time, and expected battery life

How to: Understanding Lithium-Ion and Smart Battery Technology


Battery will not charge when system is warm to hot

If the “not charging” issue is (only) apparent when the system is running hot (or near that point), the battery and charge system are likely overheated as well – the charge system will resume operation when the computer cools down.  Short Version:  An overheated battery / computer / charging-system will not charge the battery – this is normal behavior.



Battery seems “stuck” in a particular charge setting         

The battery might be OK and just need calibration (balance / set).


The steps to check / calibrate / replace the battery are included in this document:

HP Notebook PCs - HP Battery Alert Appears Before Windows Starts


And / Or


Document includes information and link for testing the hardware using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI) (preferred method) and / or using the HP Support Assistant to test the battery.

>>>  Testing and Calibrating the Battery (Windows 10)    <<<


Tips for extending / improving battery service

Microsoft - Battery saving tips

HP Notebook PCs - Improving Battery Performance (Windows)


Documents and Reference


This document is for HP notebook PCs that have a removable battery.

HP Notebook PCs - Battery Does Not Power Notebook or Hold a Charge


If the adapter fails it will not power the notebook.

HP Notebook PCs - Using and Testing the AC Power Adapter


Oddities and Contributions


  • Fix (High) Contrast (on computer screen)

Contributed by Pantopia

Unplug charging cable, wait a few seconds, plug in cable.

Relevant Post


  • Battery at 100% but shuts off when unplugged (results unconfirmed at this writing)

Contributed by Rcamp48

Test system: HP Elite Pad 900 G1

Setup:  Tablet connected to docking station

Symptoms:  Shows 100% charge in battery – computer shuts off as soon as unplugged

Test (Solution):  Press and hold Power button and Reset button at the same time

Relevant Post


  • Battery does not charge, possibly after Microsoft Updates (issue reported at least back to 2011)

Contributed by Jeanydo

Test system:  Pavilion Notebook

Symptoms:  Battery stops charging – no known issues with battery or charger – Windows 7 through 10 (at least)

Test (Solution):  Control Panel > icon view > Device Manager > Open Batteries > Right-ClickMicrosoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery" > Uninstall > tab Action > Check for hardware changes (reinstalls the driver)

Relevant Post


Run Component Tests


Contributed by  Wes_notebooks 

Testing for Hardware Failures


HP Document

HP PCs and Tablets - About UEFI and the Startup Menu



Purchase Options


  1. If you determine that you need to purchase a battery, AC adapter, or power cord for your computer, check for the part(s) in HP PartSurfer. 
  2. If / When you know the battery type / part number, you may check for the battery at the Parts Store
  3. If the part is not available from HP, use your search engine to find – and purchase - the part in your region.

 HP Document:  HP Notebook PCs - Purchasing a Replacement Battery



Find your Product

See:  HP Notebook PCs - How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?


  • Enter the full model name
  • When the website opens, select category
  • Look for and open the Maintenance and Service guide for your computer
  • Part numbers and replacement procedure are listed in the component replacement section (wording varies)



Check for parts at the PartSurfer Website


Open PartSurfer

  • Select your Country
  • Enter the device Product Number , Serial Number, or Part Number in the Quick Search box
  • HINT: To see a system-specific list, replace the Product Number with your device Serial Number
  • Items accompanied by a tiny box in the Add-to-Cart column are available for purchase


NOTE >> Parts marked as "n/a" are not available from HP.



Parts marked as available for purchase might be available from:  HP Parts Store


If HP does not provide the part for retail purchase,

Use your search engine to find the part number at your favorite online store.





Reference and Resources – Places to find (more) help and learn about your Device

Clarification of terms and "what the device can do" (Specifications)

Device Homepage

NOTE:  Content depends on device type and Operating System

HP Drivers / Software and BIOS, How-to Videos, Bulletins/Notices, How-to Documents, Troubleshooting, User Guides, Product Information, more

Open Support Home

Enter the name of your device

When the website support page opens, Select (as available) a Category > Topic > Subtopic


Thank you for participating in the HP Community Forum.


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Answered? Select the relevant post "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.



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Ah!  Just realized I had answered "after the fact".  Sorry for the post-stomp.


I have never seen an HP battery that lacks identification.  



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It's only a stomp if nothing new is offered and in this case it was a wealth of additional information. I learned some things I did not know. Thanks. 

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