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p50 charger strain relief

2020-11-14, 10:06 AM

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So, I noticed today that the strain relief on my 170W charger has split, about 1/2 inch from the tip end. (see pic).  Would epoxy/super glue work to hold it together, or am I best off getting a brand new charger?  Need I bother doing anything? (Would you do anything if you were in my shoes?)

 

  • If a new charger is called for, is there anything wrong with a refurbished one?
  • What should I look out for in order to avoid?
  • Will a 135W charger work well enough, or would it be better to get a 170W one?  I'm not going to go below 135W.
  • Is there any issue with going with a 135/170W AC adapter that says it is for a different model (T-series, W-series, etc) as long as the output voltage/wattage is the same?

 

Thank you very much!

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Re:p50 charger strain relief

2020-11-14, 14:10 PM

That plug looks like it's had a lot of use ;)

 

From what I can see, if it was mine, I'd use epoxy or silicone caulk to reinforce the strain relief. Then when the glue is dried, I'd wrap it with electrical tape or a ½" wide strip of duct tape. 

 

As for a replacement charger, there's nothing wrong with using a refurbished one providing it's a genuine Lenovo part and comes from a reputable source. I would avoid generic chargers since there's quite a variance in internal circuitry between OEM chargers and the cheap clones you may find on Amazon or eBay.

 

All P50 models seem to have come with a 170W slim tip AC charger. I would avoid using a 135W charger. It may work but it may not be powerful enough to keep the P50 powered during intensive work, e.g. graphics, gaming, etc. Even if it works it will take a lot longer to recharge the battery.

 

Generally a Lenovo 170W slim tip charger will work with any Lenovo ThinkPad model that has similar power requirements. 

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Re:p50 charger strain relief

2020-11-14, 14:10 PM

That plug looks like it's had a lot of use ;)

 

From what I can see, if it was mine, I'd use epoxy or silicone caulk to reinforce the strain relief. Then when the glue is dried, I'd wrap it with electrical tape or a ½" wide strip of duct tape. 

 

As for a replacement charger, there's nothing wrong with using a refurbished one providing it's a genuine Lenovo part and comes from a reputable source. I would avoid generic chargers since there's quite a variance in internal circuitry between OEM chargers and the cheap clones you may find on Amazon or eBay.

 

All P50 models seem to have come with a 170W slim tip AC charger. I would avoid using a 135W charger. It may work but it may not be powerful enough to keep the P50 powered during intensive work, e.g. graphics, gaming, etc. Even if it works it will take a lot longer to recharge the battery.

 

Generally a Lenovo 170W slim tip charger will work with any Lenovo ThinkPad model that has similar power requirements. 


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2020-11-14, 19:36 PM

It has had a lot of use.  A top view would show that the cord is permanently bent in the direction of the split. :D

 

Thank you for the advice!

 

By "reputable source" would you include an ebay seller with a used charger but good (90+% postive) reviews for the seller?  For instance, I am looking at this item, which is the same FRU# as my current one, per the sticker, or this one which is the "official" alternate FRU#

 

I seem to recall when the P50 first came out a flap of generic batteries with forged/phony stickers on it. Did this apply to the chargers as well? 

 

I appreciate your help!

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2020-11-14, 19:47 PM

By "reputable source" would you include an ebay seller with a used charger but good (90+% postive) reviews for the seller?

 

Probably. I'd be inclined to go with the EPC listing since they're owned by a leasing company and an authorized refurbisher.

 

I seem to recall when the P50 first came out a flap of generic batteries with forged/phony stickers on it. Did this apply to the chargers as well? 

 

Fake batteries for all Lenovo models continue to be sold. Some are refurbished to the extent that the battery cells are replaced, but who knows if the cells are the same quality as OEM.


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2020-11-14, 19:59 PM

Thank you!

 

I'm not contradicting in any way what you said, but my concern with the EPC one is how tightly they have the cord bound.  The reason for this concern is that after 4 years of daily use, my cord has a permanent 45° slant to the left and a 45° slant downwards as pictured, and I am concerned that the EPC' sellers cord is similarly bent because it is coiled so tightly in the picture.  Is this a case of my overthinking?

 

Thank you for the information, help, and advice--I really appreciate it!

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2020-11-14, 20:17 PM

my concern with the EPC one is how tightly they have the cord bound

 

Often the photo(s) on an eBay listing for a used item isn't of the actual device being sold. The seller has a bunch of them and uses the same photo for all. This is especially likely with a store that specializes in off-lease computers and parts. The EPC listing says, "12 available / 8 sold." 

 

One of the risks in buying used is you don't know how that item was actually used. Did the original owner always wrap the cord this way or is that how the reseller does it, etc. With an outfit like EPC if what you get shows the same sort of wear as the charger you now have, you stand a better chance of getting a replacement since they're likely to have more in stock.

 

Incidentally one reason why the same spec'd charger may have several part number is that Lenovo buys them from multiple manufacturers, each with a unique part number. Electrically they're all the same. But they could be slightly different mechanically. One difference that I've seen with cables is the design of the strain relief on connectors. Some look better than others. What you get could therefore be better or worse in that regard. Of course the same applies to new as to used.

 

FWIW I just looked in my box of spare chargers and noted three different strain relief moldings on the AC plug of three different genuine Lenovo chargers.


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2020-11-14, 20:22 PM

Thank you for your response!

 

I appreciate your advice and the information!

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