Laptop doesn't charge unless i switch the outlet every time
February 4, 2019 1:13 PM   Subscribe

I have a 4 years old Asus X751L laptop that charges just fine...until i turn it off. Then the only way for it to charge again is to switch the outlet. It's not the electricity issue, the same happens in multiple different buildings. It is very irritating because I tend to forget about it sometimes and it happens a lot that it just turns off with no warning - because it's empty. What should i look for? To change the battery, the charger? Any advice?
posted by Salicornia to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
Does it work if you unplug it and plugging it back into the same outlet? I.e. does it just need to be plugged in fresh as opposed to actually needing a *new* power source.
posted by brainmouse at 1:50 PM on February 4, 2019

no, it won't worky if plugged back in the same outlet, sadly.
posted by Salicornia at 1:56 PM on February 4, 2019

I have this same problem with all of my rechargeable battery systems. I'll be interested to see if anyone has an answer.
posted by answergrape at 2:03 PM on February 4, 2019

If you unplug it wait a minute, and plug it into the same outlet, does that work?

I would start by buying a new charger?
posted by gregr at 2:32 PM on February 4, 2019

You can probably borrow someone's charger to test this if it fits.
posted by soelo at 3:11 PM on February 4, 2019

Your charger is dying. It's something inside the brick or it's something as simple as a wire fraying, but it's dying.

When you unplug it, the capacitors in the brick start to discharge, and it takes several seconds for them to do so. Does it have a light on it? If so, notice how the light stays on for 5-10 seconds after you unplug it?

When you unplug it and plug it back in to the same outlet, either you're not letting the capacitors fully drain (and maybe that "resets" the charger?) or you're not wiggling the plug in the super special way that's necessary. When you plug it into a different outlet, you've given the capacitors just enough time to discharge fully. Also, the way you pass the cable from your left hand to your right hand so you can reach behind the lamp twists the cord in that perfect way to make a better connection until gravity does its thing and you have to repeat the process.

No way it's the outlet.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:00 PM on February 4, 2019 [9 favorites]

It could be two issues you are facing :
1) It could be the charger that is bad
2) And secondly, I am for a certain that its the battery
I had this issue with my Dell computer so yeah its not my first rodeo
posted by vanbrokos at 8:26 AM on February 6, 2019

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