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Plugged in, not charging
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:19:15 PM »
My HP laptop tells me that the battery is "plugged in, not charging."  I checked HP's website and followed the steps, including updating BIOS and it still gives me that message.  The only thing I haven't done is try a different battery and plug, because I don't have extras.

I did another search and found someone on YouTube that gave instructions.  The last step is to "completely drain the batter and recharge it 3 times.  Important:  allow the battery to cool down to room temperature between charges."  How do I drain the battery?  Is there another way to get the battery to recharge?  It's at 45% right now.

One other possibly silly question:  will the laptop run if I have it plugged in without the battery?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017, 01:36:34 PM »

How do I drain the battery?  Is there another way to get the battery to recharge?  It's at 45% right now.

http://www.wikihow.com/Fully-Discharge-a-Laptop-Battery


One other possibly silly question:  will the laptop run if I have it plugged in without the battery?



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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 01:38:08 PM »
Is your laptop old-ish?  The battery could be just worn out. 
In simple terms.... yes, you can use your laptop plugged in.  The battery is for when your latptop is NOT plugged into an outlet. 
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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 01:49:57 PM »
Is your laptop old-ish?  The battery could be just worn out. 
In simple terms.... yes, you can use your laptop plugged in.  The battery is for when your latptop is NOT plugged into an outlet. 

My laptop is about a year old.  It's been giving me that message for a while, but I ignored it because I had other things going on.

As for running it w/o the battery:  thanks, ladies, that's what I thought, but I wasn't sure.  And the steps for draining the battery . . . ugh.  (rhetorical) Why can't the darn thing just charge?  Why do you have to go through 100 steps to fix something like this?  UGH!
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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2017, 10:00:32 AM »
Because Lithium Ion batteries are finicky things. It really shouldn't be bad after only a year, but it is an HP... So that doesn't help its case. Another thing, laptops require you use the power supply that came with it or a direct replacement, or it won't charge properly. Also, Lithium Ion batteries don't like constant charge-discharge-charge-discharge, unlike older NiCad or NiMH batteries. You generally want to keep it as close to full as possible with few excursions to the 10% or less remaining or they will tend to lose their charge quicker.
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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2017, 02:50:36 PM »
Because Lithium Ion batteries are finicky things. It really shouldn't be bad after only a year, but it is an HP... So that doesn't help its case. Another thing, laptops require you use the power supply that came with it or a direct replacement, or it won't charge properly. Also, Lithium Ion batteries don't like constant charge-discharge-charge-discharge, unlike older NiCad or NiMH batteries. You generally want to keep it as close to full as possible with few excursions to the 10% or less remaining or they will tend to lose their charge quicker.

It's the original battery.  It's never gone all the way down, in fact, it's just been gradually going down and it's at it's lowest point (45%) now.  I haven't done all the steps yet, had too many other things to take care of.

So Brandon, should I not discharge/recharge 3 times like the YouTube video advised as the final step?
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Re: Plugged in, not charging
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2017, 02:53:38 PM »
You can try that for right now, sometimes the battery electronics get weird. I'm just saying, the discharge/recharge cycles are not good to be doing as a regular thing lol.
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