When laptop batteries will not hold a charge

by on June 12, 2009

Q: I have a Dell Inspiron 110 and the battery light continually flashes. It repeats 4 yellow flashes then 1 green. Currently I get 30 minutes of use with a battery that my power meter tells me is fully charged. How can I get more time?

A: Most laptop batteries are expected to last between 2 to 4 years depending on how many times you recharge them. With a little research I was able to figure out that the laptop model you have was first introduced about 6 years ago. This means the battery in it could be well beyond its usable life and unable to hold a proper charge.

You should consider buying a replacement battery. I did some research and it seems like they are around $50.00 online. If your laptop still suits your needs then this is probably a great investment. If your laptop is unable to do all your tasks in a timely manner then it might be more cost effective for you to think about purchasing a new laptop.

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