Warning: Handling electrical circuits or working on electronic devices can be very dangerous.
Laptop power jacks are very prone to breaking, getting damaged, or loose, and are some of the more common problems for which users consult our computer technicians at The Electronic Fix in Brisbane. The power jack is not simple to fix which is why for people who don’t possess considerable experience working with or fixing electronics, this job is best left to the professionals.
Whether or not you’re able to see screws on the side of the laptop power jacks is a good indicator of going to the repair shop instead of attempting this task yourself. Most repairs of this nature require soldering to some degree so if you are looking for information on how to fix laptop power jack without soldering, that usually won’t happen.
Depending on the age of your laptop (whether it was expensive to begin with, or is too old) some parts can be pricey and that applies to power jacks as well.
Determine the Problem
- The power jack internal pin is damaged or the entire jack is damaged
- DC-in jack is getting too hot
- The DC jack came out of the laptop or moves around
- The motherboard track is fried at circuit connection
The Process in a Nutshell
The laptop is disassembled and the motherboard is taken out to prepare the device for fixing the laptop power jack. There are usually five solder points around the area which are soldered (instead of there being screws to remove). A hot air soldering machine is used for this purpose and tech junkies (depending on their level of skill and interest) sometimes have these at home.
There will typically be broken pins in the board which can now be carefully removed. If you are attempting this at home yourself, make sure you are working with adequate lighting and that your eyesight is not impaired (you could also invest in LED light powered magnifier station for this purpose, or use a good desk lamp or torch and glare-prevention eyeglasses).
It is also essential to know that power jacks are by no means universal and vary from one laptop to another, make sure to check both model and brand of laptop charger you are working with. Our experienced computer technicians are ready to assist (07) 3613 0029
Power jacks can easily get damaged over time when you have damaged external cables connected such as laptop charging cables. Cables are easily replaced so make sure you are checking up on their condition every few months especially if your laptop is used several hours a day.
Inadequate supply of electricity to the unit can irreversibly damage the board and has been known to cause fire and other hazards which as you can imagine can be very dangerous. Lucky for us in Brisbane, we do not often face such worries regarding electricity surges.
Using a power adapter also helps keep the current stable but it is a good idea to replace the surrounding cables every 6 to 8 months if possible as a precaution. Keep in mind that when laptop jack’s pin or the entire jack is damaged, then there is no solution to fix it, you just need to be replace it.
Experiencing Laptop Charger or Power Jack Issues?
When searching for cost effective laptop repair services here in Brisbane we at The Electronic Fix can help, advice, fix or upgrade your laptop so that it performs at its best. Basically, we’ll make your laptop work fast.
We’ll advice you accordingly to your requirements and provide you with upfront competitive rates for all types of laptop repairs (including fixing power jacks). Our job is to provide exceptional customer service and most competitive rates for all our upgrade or repair work for all our valued customers in Brisbane.