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Battery Problem With Dell Inspiron 6/2012 W7 Laptop

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by BGBG, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. BGBG

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    I am getting a red X warning on the power icon which says a problem with battery and I should consider replacing it, even though Battery Health says performing normally.
    Since I rarely if ever use the laptop on battery power and it is constantly plugged in, is it really necessary to replace battery or have it installed if will not charge? The warning says it may suddenly stop working but then I am not using it on battery but rarely if ever and if I did would only be briefly and do not really have to. As long as battery is good should I only plug in when it needs a charge, or just leave it plugged in?
     
  2. Tony D

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    If you keep the laptop plugged in all the time, don't worry about the message. It's only saying that the battery is going bad. Is this the one you replaced a few months ago?
     
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    No, it came with computer. Got refund credit for the other one.
     
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    Wondered if a battery is not going to be replaced or used if it is best to just remove it from laptop altogether? I would guess yes but would like an opinion from those who know.
     
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    I wouldn't leave a defective battery in a laptop, as the battery might start leaking. Other than the toxic chemical emission, if the leak touches the charging port, it could short out the laptop.

    Also, the AC Adapter will keep trying to charge the dead battery, and I can't see that being good for AC adapter.
     
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    However, if the battery is good, leave it in the laptop. It'll come into play in the event you lose power. It's your own little UPS (Uninteruptable Power Supply).
     
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    The battery programs that manufacturers supply are not always good. What brand is your laptop?

    Use a standalone program to see the state of the battery.
    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-tools-analyze-laptop-battery-life/

    I tried four programs and settled on the free version of Battery Bar,
     
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    How long does it run on the battery before you get a low battery message?
     

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