David Saks: Did Your Laptop Wall Charger or Power Supply Conk Out ? Here's Good Advice....

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Did Your Laptop Wall Charger or Power Supply Conk Out ? Here's Good Advice....


I had a wall charger cable snap on me. I drove around town for a while checking out the prices on various power supplies and wall chargers for my trusty little notebook. You know, I made the usual geek palaces, Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, Target, Walmart, K-Mart, the various hobby electronic parts dealers around Memphis.

Much to my disbelief, a replacement wall charger / power supply for a notebook computer could not be found for under 90 dollars, anywhere, with some as much as 200 dollars. Sheeesh !!!! For an 18.5 volt dc power supply ? Arrrgghhh !!!! No way.

I put my thinking cap on and thought for a second....wall chargers

Who has the greatest collection of junk electronic parts in town.....???

None other than the old Goodwill stores, the Salvation Army Thrift shops, the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Outlets, the second hand stores.

Sure enough, in a dusty little old thrift shop on Wells Station Road, called Second Time Around, in a neat old neighborhood here in my beloved River City, home of Elvis, I found my 18.5 volt power supply....for 2 dollars. I bought two of them.

So the next time you need a power supply or a wall charger go to the thrift store. You'll be doing something good to help a needy family, and they'll be doing something for you, too. Saving your computer and saving you lots of heartache and money.


David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 22 commentsDavid Saks • June 14 2010 01:00PM


oh gosh i had the same problem finding a battery plug in charger for my panasonic digital camera...........140 no less....i don't think goodwill would have had it ...but maybe?

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

David. Just today I saw a whole wall of them in the window of a Goodwill store. Good idea. Royal..

Posted by Royal Goodman, "We Treat You Like a King" (Royalty Home Solutions) over 11 years ago

Look around in all the thrifts, Liz. The pawn shops have boxes full of them, too. They're out there.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Royal. No need to throw money away on a charger when the thrifts and the pawn shops practically give them away.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

What a great idea.  I have found the power cords to be a complete nemesis for all of the electronics that we have suddenly discovered we "need".

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Christine. Also, the ham radio clubs in the area can be a great source for computer parts and supplies. Hams love giving electronic stuff away, usually because their workbenches, attics and garages are crammed with projects and parts.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

David, this is a great idea, everyone likes to save money!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Good ides, I never thought of that. I need a battery for my laptop, I think I will check there for that.

Posted by Ray Henderson (Weichert Realtors' Northeast Group) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Tony, Darcy. The bins in the thrifts are full of power supplies and wall chargers here in Memphis. Don't forget to match your voltage and amperage ratings properly for your device or you can burn it up with the wrong charger. The polarity has to be right, too.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Ray. Save some money, on me... :-)

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Good to hear from you, Todd. Many retail stores are way out of line with their prices for electronic accessories. Hope you can save some money.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Now if you can find some batteries for that kind of deal. My cords are great. I seem to keep loosing batteries to the trolls of the mysterious.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Good for you, your thinking cap saved the day and money too.

Posted by Roxanne Schilling (Coldwell Banker Lake Tulloch) over 11 years ago

You can find batteries at the thrifts, too, Laura. Check with some of the repair shops, too. They have boxes full of unclaimed electronic parts and supplies. If they don't have the original manufacturers battery that your looking (the one that came with your device) they might have a substitute that will match your batteries specifications. Rememebr to take the old battery with you so you'll have a frame of reference when doing the comparisons. Make sure that the voltage, polarity, amperage ratings and settings are the same on the battery you use as a replacement. Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Roxanne. It was time to have my thinking cap dry cleaned... :-) Always glad to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

David, great advice and with all the mortgage companies that have gobe out of business in the last 24 months, there is probably a proliferation of hardware available on the cheap.


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Bo. There are all kinds of great resources to save money. That's what it's all about in these cash strapped days and times. Many of the realtor boards also support computer recycling programs, such as the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, to benefit schools and families in their respective communities. The churches, civic organizations, banks, county school boards, auction firms and others have pallets full of these items. Another excellent source is any defense contracting agency that might service your region. No need to spend hundreds of bucks for something that you can literally find in a thrift store bin for a buck or so every day of the year. I'm always glad to hear from you. Hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

I got one word when you have time to shop and can't find a used one in town..............Ebay.

Posted by Rick Fitzgerald, The MultiFamily Expert (AAM Capital) over 11 years ago

Fine suggestion, Rick, if you can trust the seller. Have a great week ahead. Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

really good for my dell 1545

Posted by jkdk over 9 years ago

I think it is, too, jkdk. :-)

Posted by dcs over 9 years ago

We did a little research and figured out it was the power supply. ... The fan worked again for a while, but started to conk out again. <a href="http://www.batteryvender.com">laptop ac adapter</a>

Posted by qinfany almost 9 years ago

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