[svlug] question - my laptop won't charge to 100% even though plugged in and using AC power

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Sat May 2 01:05:09 PDT 2009


Chris,

On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 12:55 AM, Chris Miller
<lordsauronthegreat at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 12:42 AM, Darlene Wallach
> <freepalestin at dslextreme.com> wrote:
>> I always use my laptop plugged into AC power. The last few days I've noticed
>> the yellow light is blinking and will not turn green. When I hover the mouse
>> over the plug it shows the computer is charging. Does this indicate I need a
>> new power supply? The power supply gets warm - it used to get hot. I just
>> bought one last summer, July 2008, just before I left for Gaza. Or does this
>> indicate another problem?
>>
>> Thank you for any insight. Thank you for your attention.
>
> Lithium Ion batteries do loose their ability to hold a charge as time goes by.
>
> I have noticed that sometimes the battery's internal meter becomes
> "confused" and fails to recognize that it's holding as much as it will
> be able to hold in its degraded state.
>
> Discharge and then recharge the battery, and if it is getting to the
> point that you cannot hold sufficient charge to get through and hour,
> that's when you should replace the battery.
>
> If the power adapter gets too hot that can be an indicator that the
> cord has become stressed and is putting up too much resistance.
> Continuing use could damage the unit, although if it's an old battery
> with damaged circuitry that could be the cause as well.
>
> I would suggest replacing both battery and power adapter once every
> year and a half to two years just because they get old and start to
> break down.

Thank you! I'll let the battery discharge and recharge it.

Darlene Wallach




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