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How to Fix Dell Tablet Not Charging

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Dell makes some of the best tablets on the market but they still have some problems from time to time. If you are not able to charge your Dell tablet, here are a few things to try to get this problem fixed once and for all.

1. Check the Charger – It is important to use the proper charger when trying to charge a Dell tablet. It is always best if you use the charger that came bundled with the tablet when you purchased it.

If you have to buy an aftermarket charger, buy one that is sold by Dell and is specific for the model you are using. It should have the proper wattage so that you are getting a steady flow of charge without going too far in either direction.

There may also be damage to the USB cable and this can stop the Dell tablet from charging as well. Generally speaking, you can use any USB cable to charge your tablet as long as you are using the proper power brick. It is always best, however, if you use a high-quality cable.

The power brick may also need to be replaced. They work well when you first get them but over the course of time, they will break down until they are no longer working properly. You may find that it is taking a long time to charge or it is not charging at all.

2. Check the Power – Make sure that you are getting the proper power to the charger. Sometimes, it is an issue with the power source and that is typically the case if you are plugging into a power strip rather than the receptacle.

You can check the power source by plugging a lamp into the same socket that was being used for your charging cable. If the lamp lights up, you know that you have power.

3. Bios Update – If the tablet is not charging but you still have power, try updating the bios to the latest version. You can get it from Dell Support on their website.

Updating the bios will often fix some of the smaller problems you are experiencing and it can sometimes fix charging problems.

Dell Tablet Not Charging (How To Fix)

Charging the tablet

When you have any type of electronic device, there are likely to be problems that happen from time to time. One of those can occur with a tablet if it is not charging. What can you do to fix this problem?

The most common reason why a tablet isn’t charging is that the charger is broken. You can test this by trying another charger or USB cable to see if the tablet begins charging. Otherwise, it may be a blocked charging port.

One of the things you can do when you are having a problem with your tablet is to force it to restart. If it seems as if your tablet is not charging but you still have some charge left, try the following.

Press and hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Continue to hold them for about 10 seconds until the tablet eventually restarts.

If the tablet doesn’t restart, press the power button on its own and hold it in for 10 seconds. This may be necessary on certain models.

One other option is to remove the battery. This is only possible on units that open so that the battery is accessible.

Finally, you can allow the battery to run down to nothing and see if it begins charging. If it doesn’t charge using any charger, you may need to return the tablet for a replacement. See if you are still covered under a warranty.

Top 6 Reasons Why Dell Tablet Is Not Charging

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If your tablet is not charging properly, you can try one of the following six options to see if it fixes the issue.

1. You Have A Broken Charger

If the charger is broken, then it will not transmit the power from the receptacle. Some chargers are in two pieces (cable and brick) and it may be possible to try different options but in this case, we are talking about a one-piece charger.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to check the charger unless you have another charger that is exactly the same. Some tablets require the same charger that came with the unit, and you will have to purchase a new charger that is identical.

Otherwise, you can try plugging it into another charger to see if it works. In most cases, a phone charger will carry enough power to charge a tablet. It may charge it slowly but if it charges, then you know that the problem is with the charger.

2. The USB Cable Is Damaged

Sometimes, you may notice that the USB cable for the charger is physically damaged. Perhaps it got cut or it may begin fraying, typically where the cable meets the charging end.

Aside from replacing the USB cable, which is the best choice, you can try to fix the cable by using some electrical tape. Wrap the electrical tape tightly around the area where the cord is frayed and then restart the device.

If you are using a charger that has a charging brick and USB cable, you can separate the two and try using another cable. As long as you are not using a cheap cable, it should carry the charge necessary.

3. The Charge Port Is Dirty Or Blocked

There may be times when the charge port gets dirty or has debris stuck in it and it won’t allow the unit to charge. This is an easy problem to fix.

First of all, it isn’t always obvious that the port is blocked because it could be a build-up and not visible. The first thing to do when you think that the port is blocked is to power down the tablet and blow some compressed air into the port.

You can also use a Q-tip with a little rubbing alcohol on it to clean the contacts inside the port. You need to be careful that you don’t damage the port and don’t try to use anything abrasive, as it could stop it from working altogether.

4. Third-Party App Blocking Charge

If you think that a third-party app is keeping the tablet from charging, there are a few things you can do. The most important, however, is to determine which app is causing the problem.

Go to the settings on your device and access the battery details. You can then click on the link to open battery usage and see which app is taking up the most power at the time. This is usually the culprit.

If you’re still having problems charging, you can try removing the apps one by one until you find the one that is blocking the charging ability.

5. The Tablet Is Frozen

Is your tablet frozen? In some cases, it may actually be taking a charge but you can’t see it on the display. At other times, it may be frozen to the point where it is totally unresponsive and not charging.

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Restarting a frozen tablet is the only way to fix this problem. Push the power button at the same time that you are holding the volume down button and hold them for 10 seconds until it reboots.

Another way to restart a frozen tablet is to remove the battery. Once you remove the battery, leave it out of the device for a minute before putting it back in again. This is only possible if you can access the battery.

6. The Tablet Is Damaged

Unfortunately, there are times when the tablet may be completely damaged to the point where it is not going to accept the charge. This is sometimes internal when the charging port has disconnected.

Aside from soldering the charging port in place, you can check the warranty to see if you are still covered. Some tablets have a one-year warranty and others may cover certain parts of the tablet for longer than one year.

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If you aren’t sure whether your tablet is covered or not, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

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