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Dell Inspiron charger/power supply


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#1 Christechie

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:20 AM

I'm trying to find out if I can use the charger/power supply from a Dell Inspiron 2200 with a Dell Inspiron 1525.  Neither laptop is still under warranty with Dell, so they will not support either one, unless I pay for it.  I've been researching the specs of each unit, but have been unsuccessful.  I'd appreciate any help.  Thanks!



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#2 Roodo

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:21 AM

Both are the same in every respect except the plug is different. Will this cause problems? Yes.

The 2200 is smaller with an:

 

ID of 2.5mm OD of 5.5mm

 

The 1525:

 

ID of 5.0mm OD of 7.4mm



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:51 PM

Do you still have the power supplies for both computers ?  Are you any good with a soldering iron ? 

 

If the two power supplies have essentially the same output ratings - say within 1/2 V and 1/2 A - then you could just cut the connectors off, a few inches back from the end of the cable and put the 1525 terminal on the 2200 lead. Or be even more clever, if you still want to run both computers and solder both connectors to the one output lead. Obviously you could only use one computer at a time.

 

You would need to be careful about the polarity of the wires as you soldered them together, but the internal leads are normally a different colour, or one is striped, and you would need to be careful about insulating your joints.

 

As you say, both machines are out of warranty so butchery of this sort won't impact on warranties !  Have you considered just buying a replacement charger, they are not that expensive ?

 

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:55 AM

Thanks for the responses but I don't have the power supply for the 1525.  It was a found product.  I've also got power supplies for 2 newer Dell laptops, but I'm hesitant to try them.  They're for an Inspiron 17R - N7010 and an Inspiron 3521.  I know both of these plugs fit, but I'm not sure about the wattage needed for the older 1525.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:14 PM

Dell has done some strange things with their AC adapters, some have three and four conductors in those cables.  Some supply two different voltages, one AC and the other DC.  Dell has been a bit unorthodox with some of their engineering, so heads up on them.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:24 PM

As to the power ratings you require for the 1525, it should be marked on the underside of the case - X Vdc at Y Amps. So long as the voltage from the mains converter / power supply is within about 1/2 a volt of this and the current rating is NOT more than 1/2 Amp less you will be alright. If the current rating is higher, this is not a problem. The rating refers to the maximum sustained current that it is capable of supplying, but the actual current drawn is determined by the laptop it is plugged into.

 

But MJD raises a good point. Get hold of a multi-meter and check the output plug for voltages and whether or not it is DC or AC..

 

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