Laptop Battery isn’t Charging – How to fix it?

Is your laptop battery not charging when plugged? Either the battery or the adapter is the culprit. Laptops are generally packed with Lithium-ion batteries which power a laptop when it is not connected to an electrical outlet. The battery problems are quite growing common among owners of all brands of notebooks. The longevity of a battery depends on several factors, such as how much you use the batteries, the number of charge-discharge cycles and the quality of the batteries. Average laptop batteries last one to three years. If the laptop battery fails to charge when it is plugged into an electrical outlet, the battery is likely dead and needs to be replaced. Follow the tutorial to fix the issue.

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If the battery is dead, then it can’t be fixed. But, before you replace a laptop battery, consider that there may be other reasons that the laptop is not working properly or perform simple tasks to ensure a dead battery is the cause of the problems. The possible cause other than dead battery may be the broken AC adapter that won’t allow the battery to charge, or the battery contacts may be dirty and need cleaning. To fix the issue some possible solutions are given below.

Test The Laptop Power Adapter

Detect whether the AC adapter working properly or not. You need to test the laptop to see if it’s faulty. Run the laptop directly from the laptop power adapter and by simply removing the battery. If the laptop does not work with the adapter plugged in, the adapter is dead and you will need to replace it. The laptop battery may refuse to charge if the adapter is faulty. Charge the battery with the laptop turned off.

Test The Motherboard

The laptop battery may not charge if the motherboard is faulty. To test the motherboard, insert the laptop battery into another laptop. If the laptop battery charges in the other laptop, then your laptop’s motherboard may be bad. You need to replace the motherboard, but it’s quite expensive. If the laptop is an old one, then consider purchasing a new laptop.

Remove Dust From The Battery Contacts

Dust over the battery contacts can be the other cause of battery not getting charged. To clean the contacts dip a cotton swab in a small amount of rubbing alcohol. The cotton swab should be damp, not dripping wet. Lightly rub the dampened cotton swab onto the battery contacts and battery bay contacts to remove dust, buildup and grime. Allow the contacts to air dry. Reinstall the battery and install the AC adapter. Allow the AC adapter to fully charge the battery for 8 hours. Remove the AC adapter. Power on the laptop, if the laptop does not power on, then the battery needs to be replaced.

Troubleshoot through BIOS

To determine whether it is a hardware problem or not, try troubleshooting the BIOS. Turn on the laptop and immediately enter BIOS setup by pressing the “Del” and “F1″ or “F2″ keys, depending on the make and model of the laptop. When the BIOS screen appears, see how long it takes for the battery to charge down. If the battery does not last as long as the BIOS setup, a hardware failure may be the problem. Repair or replace the hardware component if needed to resolve the problem.

Upon following the above procedures you will be able to fix the battery charging problem. However, if the battery is dead, then it has to be replaced by a new one.



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