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Is there an easy way to tell if your laptop adapter is broken?

Many people want to know if there is an easy way to tell if their Laptop Adapter is broken. If you plug it in but the laptop does not come on, the first conclusion to jump to is the charger itself is faulty. However first appearances can be deceiving. There are other issues to consider such as a fault with the laptop. It wouldn’t matter how many laptop power supplies you try if the laptop is broken as none of them are going to charge it up.

Laptop Power UK suggest some easy steps to check if your laptop charger is broken. Firstly, many adapters have a small LED light which illuminates when the adapter is plugged into the wall and is working correctly. This should be the first thing to look for. If your charger does not have an indicator such as this, then a simple voltmeter can tell you whether there is any kind of output. Lots of us have these lying around in cupboards, tool boxes and sheds so fish one out and test your charger. Set it to the correct voltage – usually around 19V and with the negative pin on the outside of the tip and the positive pin on the inside you should see a reading of around 19V if the adapter is fine. If you do see that the power supply is working correctly then you may need a trip to your computer repair store to have your laptop checked out.

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