The Battery Condundrum


Sunday night, as I wrote, my laptop screen dimmed, alerting me to it being at 25%.  So, I fiddled around for a few minutes, grabbed my power cord, and poof! My screen went black before I got the laptop plugged in. However, from 25% to dead was less than two minutes; because my fiddling meant getting up and grabbing something to drink and then lighting a cigarette before plugging in.

I was irritated to say the least.  However, I got plugged in, everything up and running again, and started writing.  I worked about 30 minutes when I moved wrong and unplugged the cord. And the screen went black, again, and this time, there was no saving what I had been working on.  But I replugged in, rebooted, and hoped for the best.

That’s when I realized my battery wasn’t charging and the little battery indicator light was flashing.  So, I went online to figure out how much a battery was going to set me back.  Holy shit.

I’m using an Asus.  It’s approximately 2 and a half years old.  The laptop model is still available but the battery isn’t.  So, Monday, I contacted Asus directly looking for my battery.  It turns out, they had problems with these batteries, so they switched to a different battery.  To replace it is going to cost me $200 for a new one.  Or I can buy an unguaranteed used one for $50.  The freakin’ laptop only cost me $250 on Amazon.  The new, non-defective batteries don’t work in my model of laptop.  So, I can spend $200 on a battery or I can suck it up and buy the laptop I actually want, which is about $800.

Until then, I’m going to have to be very careful.  The writing program I use has an autosave function, but it slows my computer down exponentially.  (It’s hard to write when the words are frozen on the screen by the autosave – it is the only downside to the program I have found though)  And if it comes unplugged, I just lose everything I didn’t save.

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  1. Maria D

     /  August 10, 2016

    Wow…that is a load of B.S. – their defective battery didn’t work so the new and improved batter is almost as much as a new cheap laptop – that is so wrong on so many levels that I’m not even sure where to begin – when you buy your new laptop – I hope it’s a different manufacturer – that or you get an extended warranty on their merchandise including the battery …..

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  2. Darlin’, this is not just your job but your passion. Buy the laptop you want. I’ll go buy some more of your books for my family to help you along there.

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    • Thanks. I had already made the decision to buy the one I wanted. Writing the blog post made the decision for me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that in the long run, it would save me time, money, and frustration.

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