In this tutorial you‘ll learn how you can use eSATA/USB port available on your laptop to charge smartphone using USB data cable even when laptop is power off.
Sometimes your smartphone battery drained out or your iPod battery is drained out and AC power source is not available or AC travel charger is not available. In such situation, you can use you laptop to charge phone or other device of course via USB data cable. But what if you do not want to turn on your laptop to charge your phone.
After reading this, you might ask “Really, is that possible?” Well, the answer is YES.
Charge Smartphone even When Laptop is Power Off
First thing you need to make sure that eSATA/USB port is available on your laptop. You can easily figure this out by noticing the following image like port on your laptop.
So eSATA/USB port is available on your laptop, right. That’s a good news. Don’t be sad if eSATA/USB is not available on your device. You can check if USB Powershare option is available for regular USB port under your BIOS Setup, if it is there you can follow the next steps.
Next you need to check in your “BIOS Settings” that whether necessary setting is “Enable” to get power through eSATA/UBS port even when laptop is power off. Follow these steps to enable USB Powershare option under your device BIOS setup:
Step 1: Turn off your laptop.
Step 2: Turn it on and press F2 key to enter into BIOS Setup. (In case of DELL Devices F2 is the key to enter into BIOS Setup, if your laptop is of other make, after pressing power key to turn on, keep your eyes on screen and see which key is to be pressed to enter into BIOS Setup. You can also Google procedure to enter into BIOS setup of your device. For example: BIOS setup of DELL xps 14 l401x)
Step 3: Navigate to Advanced tab using arrow key & select the USB Powershare option and Enable it. If it is already not Enable.
Step 4: Save Changes and Exit BIOS Setup. It’s done. You are ready to go.
Now Turn Off your laptop and plugin phone’s USB data cable to eSATA/USB port and connect it to your phone. Your phone should start charging.
Using this port you may also charge other devices like iPod, Tablets etc, the devices which can be charge using USB data cable.
I have tested this method with DELL XPS 14 and DELL Inspiron 14, it works like charm. I hope this guide will be useful for you. Please share your experiences in comment section below and also mention Brand and Model of your device.