05-19-2009 11:00 AM
The Sanyo battery on my T61P suddenly failed 2 weeks after the warranty expired. I had purchased a 3 year warranty not knowing that the battery warranty is always 12 months. The battery was working perfectly and holding charge almost like it was new. Then it suddenly dies.
Does anyone know the technical problem causing the battery to fail? Could it be reset back into a working state? Is this the side effect of some marketing-driven "genuine Lenovo" battery detection feature?
Anyways, there is an obvious defect in the batteries or in the charging system. It might be good to set up a website to see how many people have experienced this issue.
08-23-2009 06:35 AM
My T61P also just lost the battery that way: one day I had 2hr charge, the next I've got a flashing battery light and the unit goes off if I unplug it, even though the battery shows full 52wh charge.
10-23-2009 01:08 AM
I recently encountered the same problem with my T61 battery. This happened when trying to perform a 'battery reset' -- the laptop suddenly powered off, and the battery light started blinking orange. The battery now shows 100% charge but won't power the laptop. I suspect that this is the 'blown fuse' problem mentioned earlier in the thread.
10-30-2009 04:50 PM - edited 10-30-2009 04:55 PM
I am having exactly the same problem, also with a T61 - my battery was working fine until about a year and 2 weeks after I bought the laptop, then I updated the BIOS and the battery stretch claimed that it was working, but would turn the computer off when the battery had an hour of charge left. This lasted about 2 weeks, then the computer just wouldn't turn on without AC power at all, and when plugged in said that the battery had 0% charge. It now tells me that it has 14% (it has been steadily increasing) but when I unplug the cable it turns off instantly and I am told "An error has occurred. The battery cannot be charged. Replace the battery."
The FRU is 42W7876 - also not covered by the recall as in the message above.
On a computer that I paid a premium for because of its robustness and it's reliability - no thank you!! The help FAQs suggest a battery service but not specifically for that problem - anyone any ideas please?
11-08-2009 07:20 PM
I am having a same problem as Zengrits. My battery status tells me it is "68% available (plugged in, not charging)" even though the AC adapter is plugged in. My battery is not eligible for replacement.
What should I do?
12-17-2009 11:35 AM
I own a R61 with the same issue. Battery die for no apparent reason after working with no problems. There is a similar discussion on multiple forums of people that dont qualify for the recall but the failure mode is the same! Go figures! and LENOVO is doing .... about it so far.
They are sending a clear message that they dont give a ...about home users! I dont see any company complaining on the forums.
02-24-2010 07:24 AM
Not sure if this will help or not, but the new battery I got was flashing the orange LED light, even after having it plugged in all night charging. I got a message that popped up this morning that said the battery had been fully discharged, and now could be fully recharged. I restarted and it seems to be charging normally now.