Apple Laptop Battery Troubleshooting Tips
If you are having problems with your battery not charging or not charging fully, here are a few things to check for and possible solutions:
- Apple Battery Charge Reading Incorrect
- Apple Battery Status: “Replace Soon, Replace Now, Service Battery
- Bad laptop AC adapter
- Bad motherboard
- Battery stops charging before it is fully charged
- Laptop Battery stops charging whenever it reaches 96-98%
- My battery shows that it is fully charged, but it is not working
- New battery is defective, need to do a return or an exchange
Apple Battery Charge Reading Incorrect
If the charge reading on your new Apple battery does not seem correct, it may need to be recalibrated. For detailed instructions on how to recalibrate your battery, please visit Apple’s website at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
Apple Battery Status: “Replace Soon, Replace Now, Service Battery”
If you are getting any of these status messages with your new Apple replacement battery, try the following steps:
- Insert new battery, plug in AC adapter, and start up laptop
- After laptop has completed booted, remove battery and reinsert it
- If the issue persists, you may need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC)
- For detailed instructions on resetting the SMC, please visit Apple’s website at:
Bad laptop AC adapter
Test to verify the AC adapter is not bad. Remove the battery and check if the laptop will run solely from the laptop AC adapter. If the laptop does not work, then the AC adapter is bad and needs to be replaced.
In some cases, the laptop charger itself is faulty and may run the laptop, but it does not have enough power to charge the battery. In this case, try charging the laptop battery with the laptop turned off. If the battery charges while the computer is off, then the laptop AC adapter is bad and needs to be replaced.
The computer motherboard may be bad if your new and your old laptop battery won't charge and the laptop AC adapter is working properly. Also, if your laptop battery will charge in another laptop, then that could be a sign that you have a bad motherboard
Battery stops charging before it is fully charged
New batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge the new battery four to five times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity. It is generally recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). It is normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging.
Laptop Battery stops charging whenever it reaches 96-98%
You might need to recalibrate your laptop for the new battery. You can easily recalibrate your laptop properly via the Windows Power Management.
With Windows XP, you can change the battery settings by navigating to Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options. Once you find it change the “Power Schemes” to “Always On”. Under “Alarms”, uncheck “Low battery alarm” and “Critical battery alarm”. Under “Hibernate”, uncheck “Enable hibernation”, and then click on Apply.
This is the only time that we recommend taking the battery all the way down to zero %. You should also unplug the ac adapter and let the battery drain all the way down until your laptop shuts off. After that, plug the ac adapter back and charge it to 100%. You may need to repeat this process about 2-3 times before it actually reaches 100%.
My battery shows that it is fully charged, but it is not working
This is known as "False Peak" and is very common condition during first time battery use (or using a battery that has been discharged for several months). The charger light may go out after only 10-15 minutes, indicating that it is fully charged when it is not. Should this happen, simply leave the battery on the charger for about an hour. Remove it, and return it to the charger immediately. The battery will resume normal charging and the charger light will indicate when the battery is ready for use. This may happen several times during the first battery charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.
New battery is defective, need to do a return or an exchange
If you have tried all of the troubleshooting tips and your battery is still not working, your battery may have been damaged during transport. Please call our Customer Service Department and we can help you with the return/exchange process.
If you have tried all of the troubleshooting guides, and your battery is still not operating correctly, you can submit for an exchange or refund by submitting for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number by clicking the link below
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