Jiofi battery swelling and bulging: How to use it without battery

Jiofi battery swelling and bulgingis a problem reported by many users across the country. This usually happens if you leave the device connected to charger for a long duration. Any Li-Ion battery will face similar consequence. i.e., battery swelling or blast!ย 


If you are someone like me who is fully dependent on Jiofi for internet, and you would keep it ON most of the time, then this article is for you!

NOTE:– You can try the same trick on other devices too. Ex: Use Airtel dongle without battery.

I used to keep my Jiofi battery connected to charger almost 24X7 and the side effect of this is is jiofi battery swollen!


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It is obviously not safe to use the device when battery is bulged. Even if you replace the battery, it is bound to swell after some time if you use continuously. I could have even bought a new dongle (direct power source) but didn’t want to invest on dongles at this time.

Jiofi battery bulged

I also wanted to get rid of the battery and use the device all the time like a direct A/C WiFi-router.

Jiofi battery swelling or bulging

Problem, solution and Reason!

Problem: If you connect the default Jiofi charger directly without the battery, it gets restarted again and again.

Solution: Use a charger that delivers more than or equal to 1.2A as output. (Or 1200mAh and above).
I have tried few mobile’s charger whose output is 1.2A – it works fine. I have also tried with mobile’s fast chargers whose output is 2.1A – it works fine too.

Jiofi charger. Battery swelling

Reason: For some reason, the default charger that comes with Jiofi doesn’t deliver full 1Amp output that is required for the device to operate without a battery.

So, I am now using my Jiofi-2 device without any problem from past 3 months. I got rid of jiofi battery swelling problem. My device is now connected and ON almost 24×7 without any problems.

Downside: If power goes off, the device will go off too! I have a UPS and it’ll be almost always on a power source. Hence, it’s not a problem for me personally.

Side Note:- I have tested this on Jiofi-2 device only. Similar strategy should work on any device – i.e., using higher Amp output than the device’s default charger.


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Hope this helps if you have jiofi battery swelling issue. If this solution  worked with jiofi or any other devices, feel free to leave a comment below.


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    • Sreenivas on April 11, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    I am also facing the problem – Jiofi battery bulging. can i use my jiofi without battery connected to my pc via usb cable.

    1. I don’t think it’ll work with USB connected to pc on USB port. The moment you remove the battery, it requires more than 1.2A to power the device. PC USB ports won’t provide that much current. Better use a stand alone USB charger.

        • Sandeep. Ghanekar on April 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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        I tried connecting both jiofi 2 and 4, yes it recives power but can’t get online. I see that it’s connected but no internet, what to do

    • Bibhuti on April 19, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    I have a 5v_2a charger but iam unable to use it. And it is only blinking red colour (all the section)

      • Leo on May 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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      Please ensure that the sim card of the jiofi is tightly taped down and is pressed firmly with the sim reader.
      Also ensure the sim is clean and dust free, so rub it with a clean cloth before doing so.
      To ensure that sim is tight, you can also put a piece of paper folded to be snug fit under the sim.

      • Amol Vaidya on June 13, 2020 at 11:02 am
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      Your cable should be able to carry that charge as well. Some cables are unable to carry charge beyond 0.5 A or 1 A. Try with a high powered cable.

    • Dipika on May 18, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Hi! Your post seems helpful.. Can you mention which brand PHONE has a charger which will provide 1.2A output. The reason for asking this is I have an iPhone and hence want to know:(Thank You!

    1. Thank you. There are many phones which have 1.2A+ output but, they all will be under premium category. I would recommend buying a stand alone USB charger which has output greater than 1.2A or 2A. It hardle costs Rs.300. For example,I use this one:-
      It is working without problems. You can use this or a similar product.
      PS:- You would also need a regular USB cable in this case to connect. (not type-c). Better buy a combo.

    • Swapnil on May 25, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    I have jio m2s. I tried with 2A charger but it still restarting again and again.I tried with other chargers too. But still it is keep on restarting.

      • Santosh Kumar Mishra on July 14, 2019 at 10:19 am
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      It might be faulty.

    • Parama on June 4, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    It works Great! I am so happy…………. Thank god for showing this blog to my eyes. I searched more in Youtube and Quora. Nothing helped me. I have 3 nos of jiofi and everyone is bulged. Now every think is fine. Thank you so much.

    1. Hey Parama, Thank you for the kind words. I am glad it was of help.
      ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

      • Ducker on September 17, 2019 at 8:56 am
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      Thank Google man

      • Amol Vaidya on June 13, 2020 at 10:55 am
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      Works on direct power. Tried with a 5A – 4 port charger.

      This post was helpful. Saved on unnecessarily changing an over-expensive battery every 3-4 months.

    • Amina Abdurahman on June 10, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    Thank you for this post. Your suggestion saved me from buying a new dongle.

    1. Glad it helped.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Saurabh bansal on June 11, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I am using jio modem without battery for cctv DVR , it can be used for 24*7 ?

    1. Hi @Surabh – Yes. It can be used but assuming that there is no power cut. If you have a UPS or power backup system, then no problem.

        • ajinkya kulkarni on September 17, 2019 at 10:16 am
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        Thanks for this trick saved my 560 rs battery cost and which is going to swell again and again.

        1. Thank you for kind words!.. Glad this was of help. ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Glad to hear Ajinkya!

    • balaji on June 11, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Thanks for the information. It was helpful. What happens in case of power cut? Once the power is back, do I have to manually switch on the jio device (power button at center)?

    1. Hi @Balaji, – I think by now, you might have figured it out. ๐Ÿ™‚ FYI, Once the power is back, it will switch on by itself. No need of manual power on assuming it is connected to charger and switch is ON.

    • Ravi on June 15, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Great, it worked for me… how long will this bulged battary works? It is still working, but I kept it aside…

    1. @Ravi – Bulged battery doesn’t have a fixed lifetime really. It will surely deteriorate over time and can be dangerous most of the time. It is best to get rid of it.

    • DN on June 21, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    Great, it worked for me only with mobile charger not any other USB charger of even 2A. Thank you.

    1. @DN – Great that it worked. It’s strange to see it doesn’t work with 2A charger but works with mobile charger! Mine is working since many months with a local 2A charger!

    • Shivam Srivastava on July 4, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Thanks man!

    • Santosh Kumar Mishra on July 14, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Really a great solution. Can i use a 20k powerbank instead of chargers

    1. You’ll have to try and test it bro. If it works, please let me know. I’ll add that point and update the post. Thanks… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ankita on August 4, 2020 at 8:40 am
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      Working with any power bank . But there also good quality cable is needed

    • Santosh Kumar Mishra on July 14, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Really a great solution. Can i use a 20k powerbank instead of chargers . Will it work. I am in confusion. Please advise.

    • Vicky on July 18, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    Hi Shiva, so when jifi m2 device plugged that time we no need to put swell battery inside the device, only ac power supply with 1.2+ adopter supply is sufficient, plz confirm.

    • robinson rongphar on July 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    thanks a lots for your suggestion about jiofi battery problem. now i am using jiofi without battery but only ac power supply adopter is connected. wonderfull its work.

    • JP on July 23, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Hi Shiva, I tried removing the bulged battery from JMR1040 device and plugged it in to a charger that has output = 2 Amps. The battery LED on the device stays red; no other lights are on; so, it is not working; what could the problem be?

    • sriram on July 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    great idea Mr Hegde, I will try that at my home today. My battery is also swollen and thought of buying a new battery, let me try this today and post you tomo on the result. thanks.

    • sundar on July 26, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    thank you, it works fine with my jiofi

    • Subho Mitra on August 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Awesome! Thanks!

    • Milan Jain on September 1, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    do we need to change any settings of device for working it without battery ?
    i have jio dongle 2 have change the pover save mode to “off ” mode but still it not working continously on power .

    • xamtra on October 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Thank you very much.
    All these days I didn’t tried this. I was using regular Nokia battery as a spare with wire soldered to it.

    I was getting low signal too due to low mAh with frequent restart. Accidentally I end up in this site, now I just tried this trick, it’s working like a magic.
    It is showing full signal strength I’m so happy.

    I have UPS and I’m using exactly 2amp charger but I never tried without battery.
    You made my day buddy.
    Thank you once again.

    1. I’m so glad it was of help to you buddy! Cheers!

    • saksham tripathi on October 11, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    I am using jiofi as the dongle for my desktop and the battery have been swollen how to tackle this by connecting to desktop

    1. if your PC has WiFi, then no need of cable.Connect it with Wifi. If not, you might have to add a wifi dongle to your PC.
      JioFiโ€™s design supports it to be a โ€˜wifi-hotspotโ€™ rather than connecting with cable.

    • khagesh on November 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    same problem here jio wifi battery bulging.

    If power source is from a compatible mobile charger and remove the battery, how the wifi is to be connected to my PC? the only cable is data transfer cable connected to my pc. If I remove this cable and insert the charging cable, how the wifi connects to my PC once the cable is removed?

    1. If your PC has WiFi, then no need of cable.Connect it with Wifi. If not, you might have to add a wifi dongle to your PC.
      JioFi’s design supports it to be a ‘wifi-hotspot’ rather than connecting with cable.

    • Nadim Saif on May 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm
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    Dated: 15th May 2020
    Hey, really thank you for this article. you really solved a big problem in this lockdown, and it worked with PC by just connecting it via USB cable. I just gave it a shot and it worked. EUREKA!.

    1. Hi @Nadim, Thank you for letting me know! Glad that it was of help to you. Hope you’ll share this article with you friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Vipul on May 25, 2020 at 6:03 pm
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    My JioFi is having Battery Model H12348
    3.8V 2300mAH Li-ion 8.74Wh
    Charging Voltage 4.35V
    Should I use Stand Alone Charger with more than 2.3Amp and whether it is available in market?

      • Vipul on May 25, 2020 at 6:04 pm
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      I have charger with 2 amp which is not working

    1. Yep. You should try out with charger more than 2.5Amp without battery. I am not sure it’ll work 100% but it’s worth a try.

    • Amit Patel on June 10, 2020 at 5:20 am
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    Airtel dongle doesn’t work without battery. battery is required in order to boot.
    model is 5572s i think :P. i bought 2 more dongles from OLX after swelling its battery.

    • Vasudev on June 27, 2020 at 10:51 pm
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    can you pls tell me how to connect usb 3.1 amp charger to jiofi and pc usb port. how to connect these three or how to join these three. Please help.

    • IPV on July 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm
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    I have a Jio4 device. My battery has swollen/bulged and hence,I removed the battery and connected the device with Apple iPad adapter with an output of 5V-2.1Amp. Despite this, the device is going through the cycle of green-blue-red color indicator lights and not delivering internet connection. I have ensured that my SIM card is clean and is properly inserted. Could you please advice?

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