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It indicates that there is a battery problem. Eject the battery and put it in place again and reboot the laptop. If there is flashing still, you need to get it replaced. Looks like it is nearing the end of its lifecycle. A new battery should resolve it.
I would take note of the message you are getting and buy a new battery. I believe the red flashing lights mean that one or more of the cells in the battery are dying, and it's best not to turn off alarm lights like these. Did the battery hold charge for a longer period than one hour before you started to see the flashing light warning?
Some non-Dell batteries will cause the led to flash. There are some aftermarket batteries that have circuitry which 'fools the laptop' and prevents the flashing. As long as the battery is working there's nothing to worry about.
this happiness when you've used the laptop off power for some time. it indicts your battery levels. when the battery level is low to a certain %ge then it warns you before its totally empty. always power up your laptop whenever it lights or save your work in order not to lose unsaved data.
Flashing red light 3 times and won't boot. I recently recalibrated the battery and again the 3 flashing red lights. Seem to be draining the battery fast. It's also a new battery...which work for about 2 weeks before the 3 flashing red lights first started. Now 2 batteries later. It won't boot.
usually, its an indication that the battery is nearing the end of its useful life. you can try to use another battery to isolate it further. If the same thing happens with another battery, chances are, the mobo is failing. Flashing the BIOS can usually help with battery issues. If another battery works fine and your computer is within its first year since you bought it, you can request a replacement battery from Dell
The icons from the left:
1. Power indocator
2. Hard Disk indicator --> it is a tube icon, not battery, but means hard drive.
3. Power Source indicator
4. Bluetooth indicator
The third from left means the power source indicator. Normally it is light green. If there is battery problem (can not charge or battery overload) it flashes amber/orange. If flashes red, it indicates that the battery power is low. You need to change the battery or connect the AC adapter.
Ok the lightning bolt is your power indicator: solid green-charging, Flashing green-fully charged, flashing red-low battery, flashing red three times the once green-bad battery. the "trash can" looking one is your hard drive activity indicator it will flash while your hard drive is reading and writing.