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Laptop Battery Draining when turned OFF?!

By 1bellb
Sep 12, 2009
  1. Hi, Last week I tried turning my laptop on and it wouldnt turn on, so I got my charger and turned it on that way, then I realized the battery was on 1% when the laptop turned on. So I let it charge to 100% and When I turned it off I noticed some of the power lights were not turning off (Which is maybe why the battery is draining) so I pulled the battery out of the laptop and everything has been fine till now. Iv just tried truing it on again but Im having the same issue again and again.
    Everytime I leave it OFF overnight the battery is dead the next day (And the power lights go off now, so its not that causing the problem this time) Does anyone know what can cause this problem?
    Thanks

    My laptop is a Sony Vaio VGN-AR61M
     
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    How old is the laptop? Judging by the model #, it isn't too old, but depending, the battery will lose power when stored. Also, is the computer off, or in standby? Standby will also used minimal power when PC is off.
     
  3. 1bellb

    1bellb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 107

    The Laptop is just over a year old, (Out Of Warranty) and I always put the Laptop on Hibernate which is like standby but without losing power and even if it was on standby, the laptop battery is running out, not running low, So I dont think its that, but I will try Shutting Down properly for a week and see how it goes
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Yes, it may just be time for a new battery
     
  5. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    It just seems odd that a battery would only last a year???
    Mine is over 4 years old now, I always use it under power but also cycle the battery occasionally, when I plug it in the following morning, even after the weekend, it's 100%.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    strategic, a laptop battery is considered a "consumable" just like printer ink and printer paper. Laptop lead-acid or lithium batteries have to be charged properly in the very beginning of use, in order to have the maximum life. I don't think any laptop battery is guaranteed to last more than a year
     
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I know I have had 3 different laptops, each of which had their battery shoot craps after 1 year. One didn't even make it 9 months :( Thankfully I found a replacement for dirt cheap, so I wasn't out too much cash. And that replacement has lasted 2 years with no issues. VERY STRANGE the variability.
     
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