How to Fix Laptop Battery Plugged In Not Charging

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How to Fix Laptop Battery Plugged In Not Charging

How to Fix Laptop Battery Plugged In Not Charging

The major advantage of a Laptop over a regular desktop is the portability, with the advancement of
technology manufacturers have found a way to carry the computer to the places needed by the user without a need for the power supply

The device that helps the laptop to be portable is the battery inside it. There is a difference between a Alkaline battery used in Television remotes, Wall clocks and the Lithium ion laptop batteries that is the chemical reactions. The chemical reactions happening inside the laptop batteries are reversible but the other is not. Due to variety of causes the chemical reactions inside the battery may get effected as a result you may be seeing the message displayed as Plugged in but it will not be charging

Tiny white LED light near the charger indicates that the laptop has recognized the charger and it has been charging but the windows will be displaying that the charging has been stopped. It can be in any places like 50%, 80% , 99%  even it can be showing as 0% available but it will not be fully charging. This problem is commonly seen among Windows 7, 8, 10 users after the latest Windows updates, failing to solve this may make your laptop battery to be dead and starts to leak.

In most cases the issue can be fixed by the user himself by taking some measures others need a professional's help. In this guide I will be explaining the measures on how to fix laptop battery plugged in not charging. This will be applicable for many of the modern new laptops out there such as Hp, Lenovo, Macbook, Acer, Asus, Msi, Toshiba, Acer, Dell, Alienware, Sony Vaio

Let's move to the topic,

1. Restore the BIOS Configurations to Default

Basic Input Output System (BIOS) is the computer program which manages the data flow between the computer hardwares and the Operating system which includes the laptop's battery. Therefore the BIOS is in charge of controlling the functions of the battery

Some misconfigurations in the BIOS may limit the charging threshold of the laptop. So by restoring the settings to default you can make the laptop run from the Manufacturer's default settings.

To restore the BIOS configurations to default,

         1. Turn on your laptop.
         2. Press F2 or F10 key immediately to enter BIOS.
         3. Press F9 key.
         4. Choose Yes by pressing the Enter key.
         5. Press F10 key to Save and Exit.

2. Check the Battery Care Function

Apart from the misconfigurations in the BIOS many modern laptops comes with a feature known as the Battery Care Function. The Battery Care Function makes sure that the charge will not go beyond the set value, this value can range from 100%, 80% or even 50%. 

While this may help in to extend the lifespan of the battery this can be a disadvantage in case of a need for charging. So it is recommended to make sure that the value set is 100%. 

To check the Battery Care Function,

         1. Turn on your laptop.
         2. Press F2 key repeatedly to enter into APIOT Setup Utility.
         3. Move to the System Configurations.
         4. Choose Battery Care Function.
         5. Make sure that the value set is 100%.
         6. Press F10 key to Save and Exit.

Note :- APIOT Setup Utility may be showing up only in some systems. In case you are unable to open it you have to use your laptop's Conservation Mode to limit the battery charge limit.

3. Uninstall the Laptop Battery Drivers

Apart from the hardware failures, software failures can also cause the battery not to charge. Laptop battery driver controls how your computer will be charging from a charger, sometimes it can be corrupt due to variety of reasons. So simply by uninstalling it you can remove the corrupted drivers.

To uninstall the laptop battery drivers,

         1. Go to the Search Bar.
         2. Type '' Device Manager ''.
         3. Expand the Battery section.
         4. Right click on Microsoft ACPI - Compliant Control     
             Method Battery.
         5. Press Uninstall.

After uninstalling them there is no need to worry about the missing drivers as the system will automatically reinstall the required drivers from the moment you restart.

4. Update the Laptop Battery Drivers

If reinstalling the drivers does not work, you have to take a step further to update the drivers. The battery driver which the computer uses may be corrupt, outdated or uses a wrong driver

So updating them will provide the computer a new version of drivers from the Windows. Generally the required Battery drivers for the system will be there as Microsoft ACPI - Compliant Control Method Battery.

To update the Laptop battery drivers,

         1. Go to the Search Bar.
         2. Type '' Device Manager ''.
         3. Expand the Battery section.
         4. Right click on Microsoft ACPI - Compliant Control 
             Method Battery.
         5. Press Update Driver Software.

If you do not have time to update and install the drivers there are many softwares that can automatically download the correct required drivers. This will save up your time and energy.

5. Cool down the Laptop Battery

While it is normal for a AC Adapter to become hot while charging it may be a malfunction for a laptop battery to become too hot. Laptop batteries are one of the prone areas to heat. There are many factors which may cause the battery to heat up  such as long usage, hot surroundings and poor ventilation system. This makes the sensors present inside the battery to send wrong informations to the system that it is fully charged. 

The battery even has a chance to explode if no any further actions taken. So carefully remove the battery and let it cool down for several minutes. By this way there is a chance to eliminate this problem.

[ FURTHER READING: 8 Best Ways to Cool down a Overheating Laptop

6. Check the Connectors

Nothing above will be working if the connections are not firmly seated. Always make sure that the Laptop, Power Cord and the AC Adapter are connected fully. Sometimes a loose connection will not make the laptop to charge. 

And check the Power code which connects the AC Adapter and the laptop as it might contain tears or damages, if you identify them replace it with a new one. Laptops have two ports for charging one from a DC jack and other from a USB-C port. Many laptops uses DC jack for charging which can be loosened or accumulated with dust. If you identify them clean it with a cotton bud, make sure not to use any liquids as it may cause short circuits.

If your laptop uses USB-C port for charging make sure it is connected to the right USB-C port. Because if the AC Adapter is connected to the USB-C port which is used for data transfer the laptop may not charge.

7. Use Direct Power Source

Connect your Power Code directly into a socket rather than using a Surge Protector, Stabilizers, Inverters, or a UPS. What happens is sometimes the Surge Protector can contain short circuit and be faulty as a result the laptop may be functioning but will not be charging. By using a direct power source you are providing unaltered current for the laptop.

8. Perform a Power / Hard Reset

Sometimes a simple restart may fix this issue. Because when your battery is on 0% there are residual electricity left which interferes with the charging process. Allowing it to discharge will remove the residual electricity. So by performing a Power / Hard reset you can discharge the battery by allowing to remove the residual electricity.

To perform a Power / Hard reset, 

        1. Shutdown the Laptop.
        2. Remove the Battery and the AC Adapter.
        3. Press and hold the Power Button for about 30 seconds.
        4. Place the Battery and plugin the AC Adapter.
        5. Turn on your system normally.

9. Replace the Laptop Battery

Many laptop batteries comes with a manufacturer's warranty of maximum 2 years. After this period battery may be dead due to long usage and physical damages. Therefore your laptop may be running only on the power source from the AC Adapter

Try to purchase a legitimate battery from a local store or from a online shopping site. Because it is worth spending few pennies for a original product. After purchasing make sure that the battery is fixed firmly inside the locks.

10. Replace the AC Adapter

Samething can happen for the AC Adapter. Check the codes of the AC Adapter whether they are having any damages. If a burnt plastic smell comes from the AC Adapter then it may be faulty. In this case the AC Adapter may be recognized by the laptop but it may not be providing enough power required for charging.

So the best ways to overcome them is by purchasing a new AC Adapter. You can use any online shopping site for this purpose. Just make sure that the AC Adapter you purchase is a legitimate product from the respective manufacturer.

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