Acer Aspire One Battery Charging Problem

If you believe amnesia is a malady that effects humans, think again. Recently a Acer Aspire One netbook landed on my table with a similar problem. It refused to charge the battery, perhaps it always thinks the its battery already full. The only way you can use this machine was by connecting it the power outlet.

A quick search on the Internet will turn up a lot of Acer Aspire One (AOA) owners reporting similar problems. Quite often people update the Bios to fix this problem. However there is similar solution.

The Problem

The Amber (Orange) battery light blinks constantly and netbook works only on AC power.

The Solution

Follow the steps given below. (Please be careful when handling computer electrical components like batteries and AC Adapters)

  • Remove the battery and hold down the power button for few seconds (to drain all remaining power)
  • Power up the computer without the battery with the A/C adapter plugged in.
  • Wait for few seconds and plug the battery back in

After a few tries the computer should start charging normally. The amber battery stops blinking and turn green when fully charged.

42 comments:

  1. Do I power down the computer before I plug the battery pack back in? It's not working the way you say above.

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  2. Yes, the first step is get rid of all the remaining power. disconnect the AC Power and remove the battery. Hold the power button to remove all the power from the laptop.

    You need to try many times before it works. Don't give up.

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  3. how to remove the battery? i m not able to remove it using that sliding button...

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  4. can i use the netbook while charging?

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  5. Yes you can use a netbook while charging.

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  6. It works! Thank-you very much!!
    Why? Which is the explanation?

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  7. @Anonymous

    The reason for this problem is a design flaw.

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  8. i have a problem with my netbook. it charges with the ac adapter but the problem is it stops charging at 77% and says that plugged in, charging. but now it says the same thing at 73%. can you please help me.

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  9. I guess you might have a faulty battery with memory issues.

    Please try with another battery.

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  10. Worked on the first try. Thanks. ^^

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    1. Good to hear that this helped you :)

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  11. Worked first try! Thanks a lot!

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  12. its does not bling again but its has the organge light on.is it normal? thanks

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  13. with my acer aspire one netbook, the orange light does not blink at all and it doesn't charge. I've tried several times to get it to charge but it doesn't seem to work. it used to work when i jiggled the charger or if i moved it around a bit. will the solution above work or is it the charger with the problem or is there a different solution/problem?

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  14. Okay, so I'm not sure if I have the same problem. The orange light blinks every few seconds and the charger doesn't work same as yours. It ended up working if i moved the charger around a bit but the soon stopped working also. Should I try your method?

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  15. Eureka!. You're a genius, this worked as lightning. Thanks very much from Bogotá, Colombia. Carlos A.

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  16. hi, pls i need ur help, my battery doesn't charge once the computer is on, i always will have to shut down my system to charge it, i am not sure this is normal

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  17. hi, pls i need ur help, my battery doesn't charge once the computer is on, i always will have to shut down my system to charge it, i am not sure this is normal

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    1. Strange, Can you run system diagnostics to see if you can get battery health on your computer.

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  18. This worked great for me. Now I want to open up the case and look at the charger port (it's loose) once thats fixed, it'll work like new I guess.
    Thank you for this site.

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  19. my computer is complete dead and when i plug the charger in the amber light comes on for a while and shuts off and then will come on and shut off again i tried to do what was sais up top when i take the battery out and plug into the wall the computer still doesnt come on but the amber light is still on

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  20. i just got my acer netbook and i dont know if its already fully charged, i used it to the fullest and the orange light started to blinked. i charged it then the color turned to blue and after i unplugged it the color wa gone. i checked the battery status of it and it indicates 96% it doesn't seem to be fully charged.

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  21. I tried several times but the notebook won't boot up (with or without battery) - any ideas on how to get it started? Thanks

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  22. I turn on my acer it will open and use my password, then it won't load any programs and it gets stuck. Then I have to power the computer all OFF.

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  23. This solution worked like a charm. Solved my problem is short order --- from what seemed to be a ded battery to a fully functioning one with just one go! Thanks for the tip --- saved me buying a new battery!!!

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  24. My battery isn't totally dead, but without power cord, battery only lasts at most 36 mins, showing as 89% power. Do you think this solution will work for me too? Fingers crossed!

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  25. Hi I have the acer aspire one 722 and the charger is slightly loose in the connection to the netbook so that it can wiggle in effect if you move it. I was wondering whether this was an issue that meant the charger needed replacing or something?

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  26. Can you explain to me why my battery is 10.2 volts and my netbook says it needs 19v and the ac charger is 19v. Can I run this off a 12v car battery without harming the netbook?
    thanks
    Confused

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  27. why my acer aspire one 521 won't turn on. I mean, i can see the light that it turns on but I can't see anything on the screen. Please help

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  28. doesn't seam to be working for me.. is the netbook ment to power up when the battery is removed and the ac charger connected?

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    1. Hello there, anonymous,

      It worked for me when I;

      1. Switched my netbook off and disconnected the AC charger
      2. Took the battery out
      3. Held the power switch down for almost thirty seconds
      4. Plugged the AC charger back in
      5. Switched the netbook back on
      6. Let the notebook boot fully before putting the battery back in (while unit was still on).

      Hope that helps - and thank you, Arky R, for posting a great solution which means I don't need to buy a new battery (yet, it's on the cards - my Solutio subscription says it's functioning at approx 70%) :)

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  29. My problem is that the Acer will not work off the battery at all. The amber light is continuously on when the machine is booted up and the power management dialogue tells me the battery is fully charged. But it is as dead as a doe-doe if I don't plug in the AC charger. Any ideas???

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  30. Worked exactly as you said it would... A BIG thanks

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  31. Worked for me on the first try. Thanks a bunch!

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  32. Hi, I use Acer Aspire 3680 while using the laptop and the battry is running down and I plug the the charger it will not charge until I shut it down. Pls help me on what to do to resolve this problem. tnx reply

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  33. Hello! i have a problem with my acer Notebook,my charger gets disconnected after few minutes if the PC is on,if i turn it off ,it starts charging properly,help plz...

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  34. Working after 2nd tries. Big thank you.

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  35. Tried sequence as described by anon on July 13 2013 and it solved the flashing amber light first time.....my little Acer One lives to fight another day!!

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  36. I recently got a acer notebook. it working good.

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  37. what do you if the Acer laptop (Aspire S3) has a built in battery and cannot be removed?

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