A month ago I've got a used X230 ThinkPad. This is the best machine i've ever had, especially considering the price, but I have a little problem with it.
This laptop came with a replacement battery. On the battery block I can read "REPLACEMENT BATTERY - compatible with X230 series." so it is obviously not a genuine battery. I also can read 11,1v and 4400mAh capacity written on the battery block.
The problem is the following; I am using Windows 10 OS with all updated drivers, and when I do some cpu intensive stuffs like playing or OS virtualization, when i close the power hungry application, few seconds later windows shows a warning message "warning your pc is running low" and on Lenovo battery widget i can see the battery being at 5% and the laptop goes to hibernate.
But here is the weird thing: the laptop is actually plugged in! And when the pc is in hibernation and that i unplug and plug in again the alimentation, the battery doesnt charge. i have to remove the battery and put it in again and indeed is appears almost full and the laptop can boot up. (when i just close the application, the widget shows something like 95%).
So I have to use the laptop plugged in without battery to do quite intensive stuffs.
So here is what I think: can i fix this problem by buying a Lenovo brand new battery to replace this one or is there a possibility that this problem doesnt come from the battery but the laptop itself?
It wouldnt bother me at all to buy a new battery but I need to be sure that the current battery is faulty because it would be awkward to buy a battery but still have the same problem.
I have installed "battery info view" and here is what i see:
Battery Name 45N1023
Manufacture Name SANYO
Serial Number 15921
Power State Charging, AC Power
Current Capacity (in %) 99.3%
Current Capacity Value 42,560 mWh
Full Charged Capacity 42,840 mWh
Designed Capacity 48,840 mWh
Battery Health 87.7%
Voltage 12,538 millivolts
Charge/Discharge Rate 4,325 milliwatts
Chemistry Lithium Ion
Low Battery Capacity (1) 200 mWh
Low Battery Capacity (2) 2,142 mWh
Number of charge/discharge cycles 0
Remaining battery time for the current activity (Estimated)
Full battery time for the current activity (Estimated)
Remaining time for charging the battery (Estimated) 00:03:44
Total time for charging the battery (Estimated) 09:30:58
I of course noticed that the battery being from Sanyo, it could give some troubles. But I can't be sure of anything and I would like someone to help me understand what's actually going on so i can figure out what i'm supposed to do!
thank you so much.
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i dont think it is a problem that the laptop doesnt accept the battery because on other usage than power hungry applications, the battery works totally fine.
perhaps it is voltage problem? because on genuine lenovo battery voltage is 14.8V and on the replacement battery it is 11.1V.
EDIT: Try BatteryBar, and remove W10 battery icon from task window. It worked at one of my systems.
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