Question about Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook
Work fine with AC power not charging battery
I have a Dell Inspiron 6000, and so does my wife. One day coming back from the airport, the power adapter cord(the end that plugs into the laptop) was hanging out the door and was dragging on the ground. Well the end was unusable and I was out looking for another AC adapter. Dell wanted $80 for a new one, but I found one on ebay for $40. But once I got it, I found that it would power my laptop, but wouldn't charge my battery. I thought, I know the old one works, so I cut the end off the ebay one and wired it onto the original one but ended up with the same result. Called the ebay seller and turns out these AC adapters are dell seconds. They claimed to test them and offered to send me another one and did so. By that time the new one from dell dropped to about $40 so I just bought it too anyways. The new dell one worked and the second one from the ebay seller did the same as the first one he sent me. I found out that the dell laptop wont charge the battery if the supply goes below 19.5V. By me hacking the other end on the original AC adapter, didn't result in the best insulated connection from the other wires. Also, if anyone know anything about AC adapters, is that they have a "Step Down Transformer," and the company that makes them, low balls the windings so that if they are off on the voltage, they are under, and not over, thus not frying the more expensive laptop. My suggestion to you is to just pick up a new AC adapter from dell. Also, the rubber coating on the cord is pretty soft and splits easily.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
No, this was one of the few laptops that dell did not recall the battery on and I am having the same issue and so is my sister. Ironically, both of our warranties ran out a few months ago. Dell said that they would gladly assist us with our problem for $75, but when we asked for a gaurantee that if we paid the $75 that they would find a solution, they said they couldnt do that.
Posted on Oct 17, 2008
Wasn't this one of the models that dell re-ccalled the original batteries on?
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
Dell inspiron 6000 laptop battery URL(UK shop): http://laptop-battery.org.uk/laptopbattery/1001074.htm
Dell inspiron 6000 battery URL(US store): http://www.cheap-laptop-batteries.com/laptop-battery/dell-inspiron-6000.htm
Dell inspiron 6000 battery URL(AU Buy): http://laptop-batteries.com.au/computer-battery/dell-inspiron-6000.htm
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
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