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Laptop Plugged in but Not Charging? Here Are Some Possible Solutions

By May 5, 2019No Comments

Does it ever happen to you that you plug in the laptop charger and after a few moments it just stops charging? The switch is on, all the wires are correctly connected, but still, the charging process does not initiate. Well, it happens mostly because of some problems in the connectivity, or the wires might be loosely connected or any other reason.

There are numerous explanations for that to happen, and if it does happen, you can inspect the outlet cable or the connectivity of the concerned power source. However, some of these problems can be quickly identified and are also fixable. If there are no issues in relation to the power source, then you can try changing the laptop settings. Battery management reset is another option which can be considered. And if none of these work, then substituting the battery is the last and only solution.

However, without going to such far extents, here are a few tried and tested quick solutions to charge your laptop.

  1. Unplugging

If you have plugged in your laptop, you can unplug it from there and again plugin. Or even try a different switch. These so happen because sometimes the laptop adapter can stop working in order to protect the device from power supply issues.

Also if the battery of your laptop is removable, you can take out the battery while the laptop is detached. Press and hold the power button for a few minutes, and then insert the battery. Plug it back into a new power channel, or you can even try plugging it in the same outlet. It should work if your device or charge is not facing any severe issue.

  1. Examining the cord

Plug out the charger and scrutinize the complete extent of the wire carefully for any dents, or tears or worn-out insulation anywhere. And if you find any, or if you get the smell of burnt wires, you will then need to replace the cord immediately. In such a case the power cord is faulty, and using it still can expose your laptop to some damage. Replace the power cord with a new one in this case. As a precaution, you must check the warranty period of the power cable, so that if it is still in the warranty period, you can cover the cost of it under such circumstances.

  1. Check the connection

It can happen that you might have attached the cord to your laptop, but not noticed that the pin is loose. There are several reasons why a pin can be loose. It can be because of some debris inside the port. In such a case you can take out the pin and clean up the debris with some pin or compressed air, which would not cause any damage to your device or the charger concerned. Cleaning it with a bent pin or any other instrument may damage your laptops. The best thing you can do is take it to take your device to a repair shop for better service results. You can also look up the instructions online for your model. But, doing so without appropriate tools may cause damage and also in some cases hamper the warranty of your laptop.

  1. Restart

If you have a problem charging your laptop, you can try to remove the battery. Switch off the laptop, unplug the charger, and take away the battery from the laptop. The battery is usually easily accessible. It is below the surface, and you can release it by turning a coin or mostly, the batteries have removable locks. So take out the battery and keep it in the open for a few minutes. Put the battery back in, and restart the laptop. Also, plug in the charger and wait for ten seconds before it starts charging again.

If your laptop does not have an easily accessible battery, then you may just unplug the charger and restart the laptop without removing the battery.

  1. Cool down the laptop

When you are working, and if the battery seems to be hot, you must shut down the laptop and keep it aside for several minutes, and also unplug the charger. It can happen that the excess heat, generated when the laptop is being overused may be hampering the charging procedure. So the best solution is to unplug the charger, switch off the laptop and let it sit aside for some time. Also, if you have not cleaned the laptop vents, you must clean it with compressed air. That will remove some dust from the fan vents so that the laptop might not heat up.

But when cleaning the fan vents, take necessary precautions. Try to blow air diagonally into the air vents to clean the device.

  1. Something wrong with the adaptor

The plugged in but not charging message might pop up on the windows, when the laptop recognizes something wrong with the AC adapter. Sometimes the adapter is present, but it does not deliver the charge efficiently. If you are able to, then you can try checking the connections in the AC adapter, to see if anything can change.

These changes may include the battery connection, or the connection between the battery and the laptop, or the power socket, or where you plug in the charger cable in the laptop. And if all of this is correct, you can try changing the AC adapter, because sometimes, the capacitors in the adapter can get damaged due to the passing electrical current and thus deliver charge inefficiently.

So these were some of the ways you can check why the battery is not charging, and also probably fix it on your own in some cases. So the next time you have plugged in the charger and the battery is not taking charge, you know what to do! But precautions need to be taken at every step because here you are dealing with your laptop. If something goes wrong, the outcome may be harmful, both, to your laptop and also to your wallet!

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