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Battery or charger

Started by Andy K June 16, 2015
My battery in my Alcatel phone will no longer charge.

How can I tell if the charger is bad or the battery ?

The charger connector is too small to test with a voltmeter.

Thanks.
On 16/06/2015 04:32, Andy K wrote:

> My battery in my Alcatel phone will no longer charge. > > How can I tell if the charger is bad or the battery ?
How old is the phone? The cheap and nasty chargers on phone handsets almost invariably destroy the battery of anything used with them. You are lucky to get three years battery life out of them. USB chargers are a bit more forgiving but even then leaving a device continuously on charge with very intermittent use invariably destroys battery capacity in fairly short order. Same with laptops used docked for long periods without cycling the battery from time to time.
> > The charger connector is too small to test with a voltmeter. > > Thanks.
If the charger is working the phone will show some signs of life when attached to it provided that the battery has not become a dead short. -- Regards, Martin Brown
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:52:20 AM UTC-5, Martin Brown wrote:
> On 16/06/2015 04:32, Andy K wrote: > > > My battery in my Alcatel phone will no longer charge. > > > > How can I tell if the charger is bad or the battery ? > > How old is the phone? The cheap and nasty chargers on phone handsets > almost invariably destroy the battery of anything used with them. > You are lucky to get three years battery life out of them. > > USB chargers are a bit more forgiving but even then leaving a device > continuously on charge with very intermittent use invariably destroys > battery capacity in fairly short order. Same with laptops used docked > for long periods without cycling the battery from time to time. > > > > The charger connector is too small to test with a voltmeter. > > > > Thanks. > > If the charger is working the phone will show some signs of life when > attached to it provided that the battery has not become a dead short. > > -- > Regards, > Martin Brown
The phone powers up and works fine, but the battery indicator shows no bars. Does that indicate a worn out battery ? It's a $25 phone that is about 2 yrs old, so I am guessing it does not have a high quality battery.
On Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:53:29 UTC+1, Andy K  wrote:
> On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:52:20 AM UTC-5, Martin Brown wrote: > > On 16/06/2015 04:32, Andy K wrote: > > > > > My battery in my Alcatel phone will no longer charge. > > > > > > How can I tell if the charger is bad or the battery ? > > > > How old is the phone? The cheap and nasty chargers on phone handsets > > almost invariably destroy the battery of anything used with them. > > You are lucky to get three years battery life out of them. > > > > USB chargers are a bit more forgiving but even then leaving a device > > continuously on charge with very intermittent use invariably destroys > > battery capacity in fairly short order. Same with laptops used docked > > for long periods without cycling the battery from time to time. > > > > > > The charger connector is too small to test with a voltmeter. > > > > > > Thanks. > > > > If the charger is working the phone will show some signs of life when > > attached to it provided that the battery has not become a dead short. > > > > -- > > Regards, > > Martin Brown > > The phone powers up and works fine, but the battery indicator shows no bars. > > Does that indicate a worn out battery ? > > It's a $25 phone that is about 2 yrs old, so I am guessing it does not have a high quality battery.
most likely the battery. You either test or guess, that's it. NT
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10:02:56 AM UTC-5, tabb...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:53:29 UTC+1, Andy K wrote: > > On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:52:20 AM UTC-5, Martin Brown wrote: > > > On 16/06/2015 04:32, Andy K wrote: > > > > > > > My battery in my Alcatel phone will no longer charge. > > > > > > > > How can I tell if the charger is bad or the battery ? > > > > > > How old is the phone? The cheap and nasty chargers on phone handsets > > > almost invariably destroy the battery of anything used with them. > > > You are lucky to get three years battery life out of them. > > > > > > USB chargers are a bit more forgiving but even then leaving a device > > > continuously on charge with very intermittent use invariably destroys > > > battery capacity in fairly short order. Same with laptops used docked > > > for long periods without cycling the battery from time to time. > > > > > > > > The charger connector is too small to test with a voltmeter. > > > > > > > > Thanks. > > > > > > If the charger is working the phone will show some signs of life when > > > attached to it provided that the battery has not become a dead short. > > > > > > -- > > > Regards, > > > Martin Brown > > > > The phone powers up and works fine, but the battery indicator shows no bars. > > > > Does that indicate a worn out battery ? > > > > It's a $25 phone that is about 2 yrs old, so I am guessing it does not have a high quality battery. > > most likely the battery. You either test or guess, that's it. > > > NT
I ordered a new battery, but then my old one charged itself fully.?? Andy