New battery is charging but laptop dies the second cord unplugged
I have a one year old HP G60-230US Notebook PC. My old battery was running only 40 minutes between charges, so I got a new one. The new battery was running just fine, then it decided to quit on me. Funny thing is that it charges up fine. This very moment, as I sit in the airport, plugged into a wall, it is
95% available (plugged in, not charging)
but every single time I unplug, POOF! Instant black screen, and a complete restart from scratch when I plug back in.
I have removed and returned it, and even sprayed with contact spray and blew with the can full of air.
I'm suspecting that maybe the new battery, even though it's supposedly a true HP replacement, is too loose? The button to eject it is a little flaky. Would being a little loose allow it to charge, but not run the laptop? It doesn't feel loose ... it sits in its ''cradle'' snug, but who knows if the contacts are tight ...
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If the laptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced. Rechargeable batteries will fail if stored in a discharged state for long periods.
Does the laptop work on AC ? Is the battery or cord/charged a replacement? First, try another cord/charger of the EXACT same specs as original. Second, Is the battery good? How old? Over 4 years? Have it tested. Beware of inexpensive aftermarket batteries and cord/chargers. I assume the laptop works on AC? If you unplug the AC , with battery in, the laptop shuts down immediately?
If thelaptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out.Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles andwill lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% andgradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR Thebattery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the batterydrops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to anunacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced.
Will the old battery (that you are replacing) charge up at all? If the old battery charges but the new battery will not, then it's likely a bad replacement battery.
To rule out the possibility of a corrupted battery meter inside of windows, you may wish to leave the laptop on battery power only, until it dies. A 5% charge will usually only grant you about 20 minutes of laptop life maximum. Since you left it charging all night, you should get a few hours of life before it dies. If you get a few hours of life, the battery meter software is corrupted.
Most likely though, the replacement battery is bad.
Unfortunatelly, not much you can do!
Most likely it is up to the battery.
Such things are not unusual. My friends laptop battery died at once (just like yours) in about two weeks after he bought it. Fortunately, it was under warranty and battery was replaced with a new one..
Normally it takes time the batteries come weaker, but even then, they can keep laptop running for some short time (seconds to minutes).
The laptop battery is made of a group of batteries, (maybe six or nine) and it is possible that only one of them is completelly dead. That makes a break in the battery circuit, means no other battery can be loaded with power, and that's why you don't have a second of battery power.
You may try two things:
First unplug the power and unplug the battery. Check if some dirt, dust or corrosion is on the contacts of the battery or contacts on the laptop. If so, carefully try to clean it, and then try to charge.
Other thing you can try is to go to the shop you bought your laptop (or any other shop) and ask them if they have one on stock, to check if your laptop will work (even for seconds). If so, than you have to buy a new battery.
At the end, please DO NOT OPEN your battery. Nothing you will find inside. Replacement of the batteries inside will NOT WORK !
How old is the laptop? If it's older then 1 year it's just getting old. I recommend taking the battery out when it's plugged in for long periods of time. Batterie's that are being charged all the time will die faster, of course this wont help you now, but for future ref. I hope this helps.