When Laptop Chargers Go Bad
In order to keep your laptop up and running in good condition, it is important to treat all pieces with care to instill that it operates for a longer time frame. This not only includes your laptop, but also the laptop charger. A laptop charger is more than just a cord to plug-in the wall but instead is a necessity to keep the computer and the battery life up so that your laptop will be charged and ready to use for work or play as needed.
Most laptop computers have two power sources: One is the battery and one is the electrical cord.
The electrical cord, however, is essential to providing power to the battery. Once the laptop is unplugged, the battery will start to wear down. The older the battery and laptop, the shorter the battery life is. In order to keep your computer from dying in the middle of a project or activity, a person must use their charger to charge the battery up too. A laptop charger typically also will operate a laptop even if the battery pack is removed. A charger will provide power to the laptop, it just will not recharge the battery if it is removed.
Typically a laptop charger consists of a cord that runs from a wall outlet to a power box and from the power box another cord runs that can be plugged into the back or side of the laptop computer. Typically most charger devices have power light indicators that tell if it is properly plugged in and working. The laptop desktop will typically have an icon that shows the battery level and will also show if it is plugged in to a charger, therefore increasing the battery life again.
If a laptop charger is broken or fries out after a long extended period of time, it is imperative to find a back up immediately. It will not take long for your battery to run down on your laptop, typically a few hours. Once the computer dies, there is no turning it back on without a laptop charger. Sometimes charger devices eventually just give out or something happens where the electrical cords are somehow broken inside the protective coating.
Depending on your type of laptop, it is essential to look around to find one that is compatible to your computer. You may have to contact your computer’s manufacturing brand to see if they have chargers that can be used with your computer. Otherwise, it is usually easier to conduct an online search to find one that is specific to your laptop brand and model. Depending on the chargers and the retailer, these can usually be found inexpensively. Sometimes, it is even nice to have a charger on hand just in case as a back up. When a laptop charger goes bad, it is not the end of the world unless you are someone who is constantly using your laptop computer to go online, or complete work or educational tasks and that is when you will wish you had a back up laptop charger.