Dell :: HOW-TO: Repairing A PA-13 (130w) Power Brick

Jan 27, 2008

Well many people seem to suffer from the dreaded brick Failure, I have had a few go crap, and many of those failures usually were traced back to a broken wire in the DC cable assemly. If you wiggle the cable in the area if the strain relief you can usually hear the crackling sound.

I usually find it breaks in the strain relief - See attached Picture.

Fixing this can be easily done with a few items, there are a few little challanges as well.

1. Soldering Iron & Solder
2. Solder Sucker (removing tool) or Solder Wick
3. Wire Cutters
4. pliers, Small Screw drivers
5. Volt Meter (DVM)
6. Electrical tape

If you see Picture 1 of the plug, I just wanted to point out the typical barrel type connector used in the Dell laptops 6000/6400/9400/M1710 Etc.

There are 3 wires to connect here, The Out side Barrel is the Negative supply, The inside Barrel is Postive, and the inside Tip is a Voltage Sense.

I have added some new Pictures to show the inside of the PA-13 brick.

You can see the three connectoins on the bottom side of the board. The spacing is tight, and you can easily solder across two pads, checking for solder bridges is important

Please note, the spaces are small, and you require good eyes, a magnifying glass would help, and some soldering skills.

After your soldered the new connections careful inspection to check for any solder bridges is required.....

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Dell :: New Power Block :: Is PA13 (130W) Enough?

Mar 8, 2008

As I'm about to upgrade my Inspiron 9400 to a 7950 GTX GPU and quite probably 4 gb of ram soon, I've read that I will need a new Power Adapter since 90W won't be enough.

My question is: Is PA13 (130W) enough? Everywhere I look on this forum, they say you should get a PA13 (130W) or a PA15 (150W)...

Is there any reason to get the PA15 (150W), because if not, there would be no reason to pay more for extra power if you don't need it. In that case, why mention de PA15 (150W) at all?

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