There cannot be anything more annoying than a bad charging port. We all have been there when our laptop is running out of juice and we can’t charge it, because we have a charging port that does not work anymore.
The situation gets even worse if the laptop is not under warranty or when there is not a mechanic available in your area. If you are in such a situation and looking for a step-by-step DIY guide, you are at the perfect place.
In this thorough, and step-by-step guide, we will show you, how you can fix the charging port on your laptop easily.
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Replacing Charging Port on Your Laptop [Step-by-Step]
Fixing the charging port requires you to tear down the laptop. Therefore, you need a few tools. So, you can easily disassemble the laptop and then replace the charging port on it. The process is same for gaming laptops and normal laptops.
- Screw Driver
- Prying Tool
- Soldering Iron
- Soldering Wire
- Heat Gun Machine (Optional)
- Charging Port (Replacement)
Time Required: 1 Hour
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Cost: DC Port (10-15$)
First of all, you have to remove all the screws from the backside of the laptop. After removing the screws, place them in a safe place. So, you do not lose them.
Now, you have to take off the backlit. This gives you a more clear view of the internal components. Notice all the different screws which are holding all the components together with the chassis, and remove them one by one.
Always remember to place screws in an organized manner. In this way, you avoid the chances of a damaged laptop.
This is now the most crucial part of the repair. You have to unsnap all the different components like motherboard, RAM, hard drive, and so on.
Tip: If you do not know how to disassemble a laptop. Go to Youtube and search “Your Model Disassembly/Teardown”. For example “Lenovo T460s Teardown”.
Note: Disassembling the laptop requires basic knowledge of laptop components. If you never opened a laptop before. You may mess it up. So, leave it for a professional.
After the disassembly of all the different parts, now you have access to the motherboard where the DC power jack is attached to the system.
Replacing the Power Jack
In order to complete the repair process. You should have the replacement DC power jack for your specific model. If you do not have a laptop power jack, you can easily find one on platforms like eBay.
Simply go to eBay, and search “Laptop Model DC power replacement jack”. For example, I have a Lenovo T460s, I will search “Lenovo T460S DC power replacement jack”. Ordering a jack will cost you anywhere between 5-20$.
Now when you have your DC power replacement jack. It’s time for the actual repair of the DC port. But there is a twist, these laptop replacement ports come in variations. Some laptops have plug and play type of power port, and some have soldered power port.
If you have a wired power port it is relatively easier to replace these kinds of ports. You simply have to unsnap the jack from the mainboard, and then replace it with the replacement piece. This process is very straightforward and does not require you to have any micro soldering skills.
Soldered power ports are a bit trickier to replace. Follow this guide step-by-step and only proceed further if you have previous micro soldering knowledge. Otherwise, you can mess up the whole repairing process.
- Unsolder the damaged charging port from the mainboard using the heat gun, or the soldering iron. Make sure that you do not damage the little prints on the circuit board that carry the current from the power port to the mainboard.
- After removing the damaged DC jack, clean the whole surface with the help of a motherboard cleaner.
- Now, with the help of a soldering braid, or a soldering sucker, you have to remove all the solder from the points where the jack was installed.
- Lastly, you have to replace the jack, place the jack properly, and fix it by soldering it to the motherboard. Make sure that the connection between the motherboard and the DC power jack is proper.
When you are done with replacing the jack on your laptop. It’s time to check whether the charging jack works or not. You can use a multimeter to check the DC port.
Simply put the multimeter on DC mode, and place the negative probe of the multimeter on the ground of the motherboard, and then place the right probe on the DC power jack line. In this way, you can easily find whether the DC port is working or not.
Now when you have replaced the charging port of your laptop. You have to assemble your laptop. Assembling the laptop is a bit easier than disassembling. For this part, we will advise you to search on Youtube with this simple query, “Laptop Model Assembling”.
Just follow the youtube guide, and assemble all the parts of the laptop one by one. Be cautious with the fragile parts of the laptop like the screen ribbon cable, and the other tiny parts that are easier to mess up.
After placing all the different parts back to their place, now you have to put the backlit on and tight the screws.
Congrats! You have successfully replaced the charging port of your laptop.
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Replacing the charging port yourself can be a daunting task. There can be an occasion where you have to replace the charging port yourself. Probably because of the expense, or the lack of a proper mechanic.
We have put together a complete step-by-step guide that you can follow to easily replace the charging port on your laptop. If you have any problem with replacing the charging port on your laptop. You can ask us in the comments section below. We would love to help you.