Laptop Charger Care

Take Care of the Laptop Power Adapter or Battery Charger

A laptop charger is considered to be the most valuable accessory of a laptop for without it the battery's energy cannot be replenished. Most of the time we forget to take care for our chargers and just place them in any surface. Often times this action can result to its destruction of the laptop charger if not initially addressed. You may think that it is just alright to simply ignore caring for our chargers but as owners of one, it is our responsibility.

Proper use and care of the laptop charger prolongs its lifespan so that replacements and repairs are not necessary. One of the most common problems with laptop use is that the charger's cord becomes frayed. Since laptops are conveniently brought just about anywhere, the constant plugging and unplugging wears out the cord. Mishandling it, such as leaving it twisted or tugging and jiggling it from the base unit can produce the same result. This is also true for folding or rolling the cord incorrectly.

Other than being careful with the cord, wear and tear should be brought to the attention of a capable repair center. Neglecting this can lead to other damage, which may also affect the laptop's battery performance or create a fire hazard.

Handle Laptop Charger Properly

As with laptops, which are typically placed inside laptop bags or padded envelopes, cords should be stored properly when not in use. The charger must never be exposed to extreme temperatures, such as those on a car's dashboard in the middle of summer or dead of winter. It must not become wet or be exposed to corrosive chemicals, as these elements can severely damage the charger.

When not in use, laptop chargers should be kept in the same bag as the laptop. If there isn't enough space, putting the charger in a convenient cloth pouch or a small box is also an option.

Keep a Backup or Spare Adapter

When traveling with your laptop frequently, it's a good idea to get a second Replacement adapter to avoid wear and tear. Having a back-up charger may also save you the headache of buying one in an unfamiliar place should your first charger adapter become damaged.

Battery chargers may vary according to the model and brand that it serves. Let us take for example the laptop charger for the Hp Compaq line of products. Their laptops have specific laptop charger for a specific model and battery type.

Buying a new charger for laptop are often time consuming because you have to look for it in local computer shops if you do not have access in the internet or do not have a money account on line to pay them. So before consider buying why don't you consider taking care of it?

Taking care is easy just follow these simple tips:

A) Make sure you use a charger that is specifically for your laptop. If you use a laptop charger that is not for you, the possibilities of your laptop is damaged is high.

B) Before plugging the charger in the power outlet, make sure the product is made to fit the voltage circuit requirement such as 110 or 220V. The same goes with plugging the chargers connector in the laptop under the specific laptop model your charger serves

C) Place your laptop charger somewhere that water cannot reach it to avoid electrocution of the user and the destruction of your laptop

D) Always unplug your charger when it is too hot. This is to prevent it from spoiling and damaging the laptop. You are advised to disconnect the charger when the battery is full to save energy usage

E) When using the charger for a long time, place it in a surface which allows it cool down or in surface where circulation is possible and that does not trap heat like the fabric, cushions, leather sofa, your thighs, blankets and more. This is to avoid over-heat.

F) Wire from the charger should be avoided contact with sharp objects such as torn corner table. If the charger wire is torn, do not use anymore. Do not wrap the wire charger with 'tape' or other material. Electric shock and damage to the laptop can occur. Change and buy a new charger.

Frequently Asked Question about Laptop Adapter Charger 

The light on the AC adapter flickers? Is this normal?
No this is not normal.
When the AC adapter is plugged into a laptop the power supply the light should remain constant. If the light flickers, the plug may not be inserted properly into the power supply, the power lead may be faulty or the AC adapter may be faulty.

Does the AC adapter get hot? Does it need ventilation?
Yes, the AC adapter will get hot whilst it is plugged in and being used. Any device that gets hot will require ventilation. Good ventilation prolongs the life of the device and avoids any accidental damage.

Does overcharging damage batteries?
Overcharging creates excessive heat which can cause the battery plates within the cells to buckle and shed their active material. Permanent capacity loss will result.

Why won’t the battery charge in the external charger that charges the original battery that came with my notebook computer?
If the battery will charge in the notebook computer but will not charge in the external charger, then the battery and the charger are not compatible. If the battery does not charge in the external charger, or in the notebook, then it may be defective.

I have several different notebooks; Can I charge the different batteries with one charger?
Yes, universal chargers are now available which come supplied with different tips. By using these tips different laptops can be connected to the one charger.

My new AC adapter doesn't power my laptop or charge my battery, what’s wrong?
Make sure that the AC Adapter is plugged in properly and that all the other leads are also plugged in properly. If the light comes on but it still doesn't charge, then the cable connected to the laptop may be faulty or the socket on the laptop may be faulty. If the light doesn't come on then the power lead may be faulty, or the fuse in the plug may be faulty or the power socket on the wall may not be working.

How do I charge my battery?
Insert the battery into the battery compartment in your laptop computer, plug in the AC adapter/Charger and keep it plugged in for about 4 - 8 hours.

My battery is not charging, what’s wrong?
Make sure the battery is inserted properly into the laptop and the AC adapter/charger is connected and plugged in properly. Make sure the battery is the correct battery for your laptop computer. Make sure the wall socket where the AC adapter/Charger is plugged into is working properly. If the battery is still not charging it may be faulty and will need replacing.

I need an AC adapter for my laptop, how do I find out the one I need?
Check your notebook computer's manual. You can calculate the wattage of your notebook computer by multiplying Volts (V) with Amps (A). This information is found on the label on the underside of the notebook computer. By carrying out this calculation the wattage of the adapter can be matched. Where the notebook’s wattage is less than 70W, either a 70W or 90W AC adapter can be used. Where the notebook's wattage is more than 70W but less than 90W a 90W AC adapter should be used.

Can I use my AC adapter in another country?
Yes, but you will need to check a few details.
Firstly, the voltage, AC supply in the country you are going to use it should be within the range of 110 - 240V.
Secondly, the plug type (which is inserted into the wall socket), as long as the voltage is within range, plug adapters can be used to fit the different types of wall sockets.