I recently faced a testing situation when my laptop refused to charge even though I connected it to the AC charger. It was a challenging moment for me since I had a looming deadline to meet. Thankfully I was able to tackle it and charge my laptop within an hour. While finding out the solution to this issue I learned that there can be various reasons for this annoying situation.
I want to share my experience with all those who could not wait or afford to hire some professional help in making their laptop charge again. That’s why I am writing this article. So, read along to know about all the possible causes and their solutions. You will be able to do step-by-step diagnosis and follow the detailed guidance in resolving this common problem.
This tutorial is also for the DIY freaks to help them find the exact culprit that is causing this charging issue. You will save your money and time that you may have to spend if you hire a professional computer technician. By the end of this article you will be able to figure out whether the non-charging of your laptop is related to hardware or software settings. Let’s begin.
Simple tweaks to fix laptop charging issues
- Change the input power socket where the adapter is plugged in.
- Check the adapter cable for any loose connections. In most of the cases, the joint between power-cable and adapter is loose.
- Inspect the battery locks. Sometimes the battery is not locked properly and may fail to charge properly.
In case, the battery is indicating that charging is underway on battery charging icon and still the charging percentage is not increasing. By restarting the laptop you can resolve the issue. If your laptop still fails to charge, move to next step.
Shut down the laptop and unplug the battery cable from laptop. Now remove the battery by sliding the lock to the opposite side. Now plug-in the charger to the laptop and check whether the laptop turns on. If the laptop switches on and is working fine that means the charger is OK. Proceed to next step to identify other causes of battery not charging.
Replace the battery back in the laptop. If nothing happens then replacing the faulty battery with a new one will be our last resort for resolving the charging problem. But before that you must change your strategy and try to fix the issue using software tricks.
This method needs you to update your battery drivers. But before you proceed further, I recommend that you create a restore point in case you mess up with the Windows settings.
Now that you have created the restore point, navigate to This-PC or My-Computer on desktop and right click on it.
Click on Properties and navigate to Device Manager. Or alternatively, you can type devmgmt.msc in the run command window.
Under the batteries, right click on both the components one by one to update the driver software.
Sometimes choosing a wrong option in the Power and Sleep settings may cause the battery charging fault in your laptop. There are many settings like minimum battery level to shut down the system, a lid-close configuration that lead to sleep or shut-down and much more. If any of these settings are wrongly configured, it can lead to power-malfunction. To handle this, navigate to control panel>power options and restore default settings for the power plan you have chosen.
Malware can also show false battery percentage. So, you can install an updated, effective and reliable anti-malware software. Some of the best and free anti-malware software include Malwarebytes, Zemana anti-malware, and Hitman pro. Scan the system with your preferred malware protection software and re-check the battery charging.
If none of the software methods works, you need to replace the battery. You must note the model number of the laptop if you want to buy an original charger. But you need to be very careful while buying a compatible battery. You must note the voltage rating and capacity of the original battery as well for the right battery purchase.
Fix Laptop Charging when Plugged-in
In most cases, the above methods are good enough to resolve the issue if it is related to Windows settings, battery or the cable. In a rare situation, the problem can be related to the motherboard of the laptop. Were you able to solve the laptop charging problem by following these tips and tricks? Do share your comments or any other queries in the comments section.