Why Isn’t My Laptop Holding a Battery Charge?

Why Isn’t My Laptop Holding a Battery Charge

One of the big benefits of a laptop computer is the ability to use it for several hours without needing to be connected to a power outlet. This allows you to work in places like an airplane, out on the back patio, or from your vehicle.

Today’s laptops have varying capacities for holding a battery charge. Lower cost laptops can have batteries that run 2-3 hours without a charge, and more expensive PCs can run as long as 7-8 hours before needing a recharge.

If you’re noticing that your usable battery charge is getting shorter or the battery doesn’t seem to be holding a charge at all anymore, then it’s important to get your laptop serviced to see what might be going on. 

If your laptop won’t hold a charge anymore, then you’re missing out on one of its best features, being portable to areas that don’t have an electrical outlet. Usually, shortened battery life or a battery not holding a charge isn’t something that is going to clear itself up without intervention.

Here are some of the reasons that your laptop may not be holding a battery charge any longer.

Battery is Old

As batteries age, they can become less effective and begin to lose their recharging capacity. It’s not uncommon for a battery to age out before the laptop itself. You can solve this issue by having your battery replaced.

You have to ensure you’re using the correct type of battery that is approved by the laptop manufacturer for your model. It’s best to have an IT professional help you with laptop battery replacement because you may accidentally damage a component or connector if you try to replace it yourself.

Defective Power Cord

Sometimes the power cord can be to blame when you can’t seem to get your laptop battery to charge. If the cord is defective, then it might be working sometimes and not working others, which means the battery isn’t getting a continuous supply of power.

This can be checked by removing the battery and plugging in your laptop to see if it stays on or loses power intermittently. If the power cord is to blame, then you should get a replacement that is approved for use with your PC model.

Defective Battery

The battery itself may be defective, and if this happens early in the laptop’s lifespan, then you may be under warranty and able to get a free replacement.

One way you can find out if this is the case is to search on “defective battery + your device model.” If you see others with the same model laptop complaining about the same issue, then you might want to contact the manufacturer for a replacement. 

If you’re unsure of who to contact or don’t have time, we can handle sourcing the battery and put in the replacement for you.

Needs Recalibration

Over months of charging and recharging, the software that tells you how much charge your battery had left can become inaccurate and your battery may need calibration. 

A symptom of a need to calibrate is if you see your battery go from half-full to zero charge in a matter of minutes. Calibrating every 2-3 months can help you improve battery life and keep your readings accurate.

Battery calibration is typically done within the manufacturer’s application that is installed on PCs by default.

The Laptop is Used or Stored in a Hot Environment

Hot environments are bad for electronics. If you use your laptop outside in full sun or store it in a hot vehicle, this can cause the battery to have problems. 

Another thing that can cause a laptop to heat up is if you are using it on a soft surface that is covering up vents. Laptops are designed to be used on a flat surface. Some will even have small lifts on the bottom edges to ensure there is a small amount of air space beneath the laptop. 

If you have it sitting on your lap or a blanket, you could be causing heat to build up inside of it, thus causing your battery and other components to have problems due to excess heat.

Problem With Charging Circuitry

Another way that a battery can lack the ability to hold a charge is if the charging circuitry has a problem. The connectors between your battery and the power might be dirty or you may have defective connector wires.

An IT professional can diagnose a battery charging issue and can clean connectors or replace components as needed to fix the problem.

Keep Your Laptop or PC Running Efficiently!

B-Comp Services can help your Denver area businesses with laptop and PC maintenance and repairs that keep your devices in top shape and provide a fast turnaround.

Contact us today for a consultation. Call at 303-282-4934 or contact us online.