Is Your Laptop AC Power
Adapter Working Properly?
Like all other electronic devices, laptop
adapters eventually stop working. There are many causes from excessive
wire bending, exposure to extreme temperatures, or simply that it's an
aging adapter. Unfortunately there is no definitive amount of time that
adapters last. Their lifespan is dependant on how much they're used. Below
we list ways of checking if your adapter has ceased working.
Check Your Laptop
Your laptop adapter may not power your
laptop due to a loose connector. Make sure all connectors are inserted
correctly. Also, check the adapter box. Laptop adapters often have an LED
light that lights up when your adapter is powering your laptop. If this
light is off, then your laptop is not receiving any power.
Once you have checked all your adapter's
connectors take a look at the electrical outlet. The problem could simply
be that the power socket you're connected too is no longer working. Change
sockets to rule it out.
For laptop DC power adapters check the DC-jack. These adapters must fit snugly. If you have to have your adapter
plugged in just the right spot or angle, then your DC-jack may be broken.
Check Your Adapter
A bent cable can be the culprit of a
malfunctioning power adapter. Think of this like a garden hose. If you
pinch or bend a garden hose while it is running water, the water will not
exit the hose. A laptop power adapter works in the same basic way.
Make sure nothing is resting on your
power cable such as a book, laptop bag, or anything else that could pinch
the adapter cable. If nothing is bending the cable, check the cable
itself. The constant bending from storing your adapter could have exposed
the wires within the adapter cable. This exposure can cause it to stop functioning
Replacing Your Power Adapter
If you find that your adapter is no
longer working, there are a few options for replacing it. The first option
order the same or a similar compatible adapter. The second option is to
order a universal one.
Note: Universal adapters come with multiple tips to fit the
different types of laptops on the market. If in the future you choose to
purchase a new laptop, a universal laptop AC power adapter may have a tip
that will work with your new one. The advantage is that you would
have a spare for future use or one to keep at home or in the office, which
would make one less thing to carry.
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