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Ken Woodworth Posted on Mar 30, 2007
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Battery I dropped the battery from my Dell Latitude and when I put It back into the laptop It discharged very quickly the compute still operates but in the cmos it shows the battery discharging If I charge the battery out of the computer it comes up to full 14.8 v and holds The charge but as soon as i put it back into the computer it discharges again.???

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Voltage on a battery is fine. current(charge/discharge) on other hand is what keeps it running. The battery you have, MAY be fine, yet the risk isn't worth it. Good news? They don't leak, but why take the chance on having your computer die in middle of something vital.

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As you have probably already figured out it sounds like the battery is damaged. Due to the potential fire hazard I would immediately remove the battery even if the laptop is off and discontinue its use until you are certain it is working correctly. Laptop batteries are not safely repairable by users and most technicians. Other than inspecting for bent pins there isn?t much you can do. If the battery is less than a year old you can call Dell, tell them it doesn?t work and see if you can convince them to warranty replace it. Batteries should not become unusable by a normal 3-4 foot drop. If it?s out of warranty I strongly suggest you try to borrow an identical battery to see if it behaves normally, or if that isn?t an option purchase another. Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this post.

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