Common Laptop Battery Problems-not power source
While laptop batteries are highly likely to chug along perfectly fine for many years, some people do find that a couple of problems spring up every now and then. On this page, we are going to run you through some of the most common laptop battery problems, as well as give you a little bit of advice on how to solve them.
Your laptop battery is no longer holding a charge
This is a problem that every laptop owner will face at some point. Eventually, your laptop will stop being able to hold the same amount of charge that it did previously. Sadly, the only way in which you can fix this problem is to replace your battery. These you can buy online of course, or at your local PC repair shop.
That being said, this is an issue that you can keep at bay for a little while. Ideally, you would want to charge your battery as little as possible. The more you charge it, the quicker your battery will die. You will also want to ensure that you do not leave it plugged into the charger. If you do that, you are basically ruining the battery.
The laptop battery isn’t charging
This could either mean that your battery is broken or your charger is broken. Best way to test it is to turn on your laptop without the battery in. If it works, then your battery needs to be replaced. If it doesn’t, then it is likely going to be a charger issue.
Your laptop battery is hot
First off; if this happens, then you need to switch off your laptop right away. The battery should then be removed and allowed to cool down before being used again.
There are several reasons as to why your laptop battery is a little bit on the hot side. Most of the time it is because the laptop itself is overheating. This could be because your laptop is on your lap or on something other than a table. It could also be because the ambient temperature is a little bit on the high side. Yes. We know that ‘lap’ is right there in the name, but it doesn’t mean that a laptop should be used on your lap. This is probably one of the best ways to shorten the lifespan of your laptop.
Your laptop battery is draining faster than expected
As we mentioned previously; the amount of charge your battery can hold will dwindle over time. However, even those with brand new batteries may notice that their batteries are draining a little bit too quickly. Try these tips:
• Turn down the brightness of your laptop
• Reduce the number of programs you have running at once
• Switch to ‘power saving’ mode on your laptop
• Turn off wi-fi if you are not using it
• Unplug any USB devices that are not being actively used.
If you do all of that, then you will probably notice an increased amount of life on your batteries before they need to be charged again.
Laptop is plugged in but doesn’t seem to be charging
Now, this could mean that your laptop battery or charger is broken. However, this is not necessarily going to be the case. You will normally be given a bit of a warning before this happens I.e. your laptop has had intermittent charging for a while.
Most people find that this problem is resolved by shutting down the laptop, unplugging the charger and the battery, leaving it for a few minutes and then plugging it all back in again. Nine times out of ten, your laptop should start charging the battery again.
In other cases, it may be down to a damaged charger. It may also be down to a bit of debris in the charging port, so you may want to check whether that is clogged.
Battery not charging beyond 80%
This is a problem that only occurs in Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft added a feature called ‘battery extender’. You will need to turn this feature off under battery settings.
‘Genuine Battery Not Attached’ (or some variance of these words)
Some laptop manufacturers only want you to put in batteries they have manufactured. If you plug in a cheaper one, you will get this warning. Obviously, the best way to avoid this warning is to purchase quality, genuine batteries to begin with. Yes. They will be a bit more on the expensive side, but they will last a lot longer.