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My Laptop Is Plugged In But Not Charging

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It’s sad when your laptop is plugged but won’t charge, especially when you want to work outside the office. Laptops are designed for us to easily carry them around and having good battery life is the only way to achieve this true portability.

Without a battery, our laptop is no way different than a desktop computer since you will forever need a power outlet.

For now, let’s look at what you can do when your laptop is not charging even though the power cable is plugged in. This way, you won’t panic and do something crazy to your laptop.

Check the power cable

By just safely unplugging your charger and safely plugging it back after a few minutes, you can sometimes get your battery to charge again.

The charging system will realign and recalibrate your battery with the charging system and have it charging again.

Remove the battery

If your laptop is actually plugged in and is still not charging, the battery might be the reason. If it’s removable, take it out and hold the power key for around fifteen seconds. This is a way to drain the remaining residual power from your laptop.

Next, plug in your laptop power cable and turn on the device without the battery. This is a way to check if something is wrong with your laptop power cable. If your laptop turns on properly, it means your power adapter is working correctly. Now you know the issue is most likely the battery.

Update drivers and software

If the issue is not with your battery, then it might be with your dated software or drivers. Check for updates to make sure you’re using the most up-to-date software and drivers.

If you do think the issue is caused by the latest software update or drivers then you’ll want to check out the official websites for more information.

Once you have completed these updates, when you reboot your laptop, everything should be okay now.

Check for breaks and burnout

Make sure the laptop power cable is unplugged. You can check the laptop cable for any type of breaks, kinks, or burnouts. Also, check the power cable for any looseness as everything should be mostly stiff.

Try to check for any broken links at the ends of the power cable. This will help you find any damages to the power cable that may have been the result of a curious pet or accidental vacuuming.

Additionally, check for any warps or expanded parts on the power cable. If you notice any odd smells or discoloration then the power cable is probably damaged.

Get professional help

If none of the solutions above worked, then it’s the best time for you to get professional help to fix your laptop charging issue.

At this point, it’s most likely a serious hardware issue. Either the laptop power adapter is having an issue or the power port on the laptop is no longer working.

If you can find a spare adapter, it could help you find a solution but for now, it’s probably best for you to get some help from someone that can safely solve the problem without breaking anything.

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By Cartez Augustus

My name is Cartez and I'm a blogger from Houston, Texas focusing on content marketing strategies and tech gadgets.