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    This topic contains 16 replies, has 10 voices, and was last updated by  rc primak 1 week, 1 day ago.

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    • #237873 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      Another great, non-nonsense answer from the LangaList legend. On Langa.com.
      [See the full post at: Fred Langa: A reader asks, “Why won’t my laptop charge when it’s running?”]

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    • #237907 Reply

      jabeattyauditor
      AskWoody Lounger

      The other and possibly more common reason in this age of “cheap stuff from Amazon” – you’re using a charger that can’t supply the wattage your laptop needs to run and to charge at the same time.

      If your original charger specs out at 90 watts, that $10 replacement that says it delivers 60 watts *might* deliver enough juice to keep your laptop running, but it sure won’t charge the battery, or at least not at any meaningful rate.

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      • #237914 Reply

        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        What really is a bother when with a name-brand laptop with officially supported powered docking station, sold as a factory-bundled package and warranty extension… still drains battery while on mains power if running a heavy software load.

        Yes, this is one of the big-name manufacturers, current model (high-end variant of a low-end product series). And apparently it’s a “feature”.

        Apparently everyone should only buy the models that come with a 3-year warranty without any extensions, or something.

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        • #238560 Reply

          anonymous

          Yes.  If the base warranty 3-years it is business grade (good quality) equipment that will likely run as long as 10 years or maybe more; if the warranty is 1 year it is consumer-grade garbage and you’ll be lucky if you get 4 years out of it.

        • #238720 Reply

          rc primak
          AskWoody MVP

          Sounds a lot like the 2-in-1 I had from ASUS., That company is notorious for making devices which need much more power in their chargers than standard replacement chargers supply.

          -- rc primak

    • #237909 Reply

      Microfix
      AskWoody MVP

      Fred is absolutely spot on. Having the battery removed whilst plugged in whilst in use, creates less power required for components to operate the laptop, resulting in a longer HW/ component life. I prefer the, when the laptop is not in use, put the battery in to charge it when connected to the mains socket.
      Some early laptops needed the battery in situ and would not work without it. Pah! I never thought this was a good idea and consigned them to the ‘not on my list’ when searching for a laptop.
      SSD’s also reduce power consumption for laptops (4-5w) creating component longevity as well as improved system access speed, system responsiveness and the laptop becoming immune to knocks opposed to using HDD’s.

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      • #238011 Reply

        anonymous

        Unfortunately removing a battery nowadays is not in all case that simple anymore, on my Asus it’s a rather large operation. Besides in case of a power outage you will be confronted with a hard shutdown and possible corruption of system files…

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    • #237954 Reply

      ch100
      AskWoody MVP

      But I’m betting you’ll find that the problem is simply an aging battery. Replacing the battery should get you going properly again.

      Not so easy. Manufacturers tend to use a different model and shape of battery for each laptop for commercial reasons and it is very difficult sometimes to find a new battery for an older laptop.
      Older batteries manufactured in the NiMH technology may experience a “memory” effect which means simplistically explained that a partial charge (like from half charged to full) would allow only a partial discharge, up to the level from where the previous charge started.
      This is generally resolved by a full discharge followed by a full charge. This software is helpful for this purpose
      https://www.passmark.com/products/batmon.htm
      The subject is made even more complicated since for batteries made in different technologies, this procedure is generally NOT recommended.
      Think about the differences like for defragging mechanical disks vs SSD. Good for one, generally bad or at least useless for the other (with exceptions).

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      • #238723 Reply

        rc primak
        AskWoody MVP

        Even the modern LiIon batteries still need to be cycled to calibrate the charging hardware. Both the battery and the power charger have firmware which determines the max. charge the battery can safely take, and how much charge remains. Both sides have to be recalibrated from time to time as the battery ages.

        -- rc primak

    • #237999 Reply

      EstherD
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’m with “jabeattyauditor” and “mn–” on this one. Over the last 5 years or so I’ve seen several direct-from-the-OEM chargers, supplied with the laptop, that cannot deliver sufficient power to simultaneously run and charge said laptop. Cost-saving at the expense of customer convenience is the new normal. So it goes…

    • #238012 Reply

      Great Lake Bunyip
      AskWoody Lounger

      A great article from Fred! However, many newer laptops have inbuilt batteries like the Toshiba I am using to write this posting. It is not easy to remove an inbuilt battery from some laptops.

      • #238038 Reply

        EP
        AskWoody MVP

        well Great Lake Bunyip, what is the model number of your Toshiba laptop?

        My dad’s Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-A5306 touchscreen laptop has a removable battery (model PA5109U-1BRS) that I can easily remove and replace. So my dad’s Toshiba Satellite C55Dt laptop is NOT like your Toshiba laptop, which DOES have a battery that is easily replacable.

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  EP.
        • #238265 Reply

          Great Lake Bunyip
          AskWoody Lounger

          Thank for your reply My Toshiba’s model number is PSPMHA-0EE045. My next door neighbour’s Lenovo, bought last year, also has an inbuilt battery. A quick check of my local computer store revealed that some HP, ACER, ASUS laptop computers also have inbuilt batteries.  What about Microsoft Surface Pro laptops?

          • #238268 Reply

            anonymous

            All Microsoft Surface computers have glued in batteries.

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      • #238726 Reply

        rc primak
        AskWoody MVP

        Built-in batteries, even glued-in batteries, are becoming the norm in consumer-grade laptops and 2-in-1’s. I haven’t seen a consumer grade device advertised in the US in the past few years which doesn’t have such a non-serviceable battery.

        -- rc primak

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    • #238032 Reply

      anonymous

      This tip may work for other brand laptops, remove the battery and press the power button for thirty seconds. Insert the battery and try to charge it, you may find out that there is some variance of charge capacity remaining. You will still need a replacement battery, if you can find one for sale.

      • #238729 Reply

        rc primak
        AskWoody MVP

        LiIon batteries should be replace long before they totally run out of capacity. Even just below half-capacity, they become dangerously unstable and can overheat to the point of causing fires or explosions.

        -- rc primak

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