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Dell laptop charger adpapter not working second one gone bad

Nov 7, 2010 8:16AM PST

I have a Dell inspiron 1545, the original charger adaptor (box on the cord) quit working about two months ago, the blue LED indicator would come on and it would charge half of the time you wanted it to. Also (sounds odd) but it would work in different outlets in the house and not others. So I ordered a replacement (exact same thing, all specs identical). It worked for a month (till it was out of warranty) now neither will work at all.

Can there be a problem with the laptop that is causing the charger to go bad? did I just get a bad streak of luck and a bad new charger? odviously when the LED is on it will work, but is there a way to test the box other than that?

I use my laptop for school work because it is much more convienent than my PC , so any help I could get would be great, thanks kurt

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No names usually too cheap.
Nov 7, 2010 11:16AM PST

I'd get the Dell unit next. There can be issues such as an old battery taxing the power supply but the signs are usually very clear when the battery life is over. Tell the forum how many minutes you get on that old battery.

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Nov 7, 2010 9:00PM PST

The replacement charger adapter I got was a Dell also. I get around an hour and 15min off a full charge, never really got much more than that since it was new a year ago. Would a bad battery make the charger go bad? , the charger should still work even if the battery is going bad, correct?

when the charger is working, or was working the laptop battery seemed to charge normal as it always did.

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That helped.
Nov 7, 2010 11:21PM PST

When the battery is going bad or is bad you see times under one hour. Minutes...

To sort this out I have to use an Amp Meter and a new charger. Then I can tell if the laptop is pulling more current than the charger is rated for. But given the charger failed so quickly and it was a Dell, the warranty applies so try again.

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