You are working on your pc, and all of a sudden you get a low battery warning, you pick up your charger and plug it in, but nothing changes. What do you do next?
If a computer is plugged in, but not charging, some people automatically suspect that there’s a problem with the charger. While this is the case in most cases, the fault could also come from the computer power settings, a bad battery, or even a short circuit socket.
If your computer charger is not working, stay with us as we discuss in detail what could be at fault, and the simple steps to resolve the problem.
Why is my computer not charging?
It might be a battery issue, an electrical issue, or a system problem, wherever the fault is, you want to solve it as quickly as possible.
Check the laptop power pack
The first thing to do when you notice that your computer battery is not working is to check the power pack and ensure that all removable cords are correctly attached. Also, make sure that the charger is plugged into the right USB port and check the battery to make sure it is properly seated in its compartment.
If none of these is the problem, it means the charger is in good condition, and the fault might either be from the socket or the laptop itself. In this case, try plugging the power cord into a different power socket. If you are using an extension or power breaker, take it out and plug the cord in directly.
If it works, then you have just saved yourself a lot of stress and cash that you would have used to buy a replacement. If it does not work, then you can continue with the troubleshooting.
Check your computer battery
A faulty or spoiled battery might be the cause of your laptop not charging. The way to check this out is to first remove the battery from its compartment. After this, press down on the power button for 15 seconds to discharge any residual power in the system. Plug in the power cord (with the battery still removed) and then power on the laptop again. If the computer turns on, then you can be sure that your charging problem lies with your laptop battery.
The next step is to replace the battery with a spare from the manufacturer. Make sure you buy the same model to prevent other complications. Note that if your computer has an in-built battery like most Mac laptops, taking it to a repair specialist is the better option, instead of trying to take out the battery yourself.
Charging in the wrong USB-C port
Most computers have only one charging spot, so there’s no chance of you putting the cord in the wrong port. However, newer computer models use the type-C USB cable for charging. This can be confusing as most laptops have a minimum of three USB ports and some of them are for data transfer.
If you plug your charger into a USB port that is designed for data transfer, your computer will either charge at an extremely slow rate or not charge at all. If you notice this happening, remove the charging cable and put it in another port. Manufacturers usually differentiate the USB ports by putting a power icon beside the one that should be used for charging. Additionally, when buying a USB-C charger, you should pay attention to the wattage. Some USB chargers are not meant to charge a laptop, using these types of chargers might damage your computer battery in the long run.
Check for burns, breakage, and other damages
Another thing that can cause the “plugged in, not charging issue” is a burnt or damaged charger cord.Check for breaks in your charging cord by flexing it and seeing if there are parts that divide cleanly into two. Look for areas where the AC adapter seems to be bulging out and do the sniff check for burns. A burnt smell points at the damaged wire inside the adapter, you will have to change your charger to get the laptop charging again.
Check your laptop charging port for dust and debris. Having dust or debris in the charging port might affect the charging connection. It might also cause loose charging ports, making it unlikely to attain a stable connection for charging.You must always clean your charging port and keep your charger in good condition, so as to not cause burns, breakage, or debris in the power pack and charging port.
Check workload and prevent overheating
If your computer is not capable of performing multiple tasks at the same time, you might have a problem with charging. Power-hungry programs will consume the power directly, thus preventing the computer battery percentage from increasing.You can solve this by going to your task manager and closing some of the programs currently running. There should be an improvement after this.
You should also take steps to prevent your device from overheating. Overheating usually occurs when your computer is taking on too many tasks and the cooling system is unable to keep up with the pressure. Overheating can cause damage to the battery. To prevent this, make sure your computer is in a well-ventilated area and the cooling vents are not blocked. In the extreme, please turn off your computer and allow it to rest for some time before turning it back on.
If your computer is plugged in, but not charging, there might be an issue with your computer charger; a burnt adapter, a broken or frayed cord. The problem might also be electrical; a short-circuited socket, a bad power breaker, or low current. And lastly, it might be indicative of issues with your computer power settings, workload, or battery problem.
The solution to these problems varies, they go from simple to complicated; from a cursory check of the charging cord, AC adapter, and charging port, to checking, removing your battery, and trying to turn it on with only the charger plugged in. Try out these steps before going for a more comprehensive and invasive check with a technician. Also note that, if the above solutions don’t work, then it might be time to get a new laptop.