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Why my charging light is always on? It kills the battery.

Why my charging light is always on? It kills the battery.

Last night after I unplugged my calculator, I found out the charging light was still on and it couldn't be turned off. The light is on all day today, and it really kills the battery, so by the end of today I have to recharge it . I tried to reset and remove the battery, but these methods didn't help. So I wonder what is wrong with my calc, should I get a new one or should i just get a new battery? Is there anyway i can do to save it? Help S.O.S. Thank you!

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Guest [Entry]

"EDIT: If you’re someone who’s also having this issue, I would suggest looking at Nick’s answer where he suggests replacing the battery, it’s a much easier possible fix than what this answer is about to describe!

Wow I'm surprised, judging by your answers, this probably is a hardware issue!

(DrDnar and KermMartian helped me with this new answer, the original answer turned out to be not so accurate so I’ve updated this with my new knowledge)

Their best guess is that a surge of electricity fried your BMIC (one of the key components to charging your calculator). That would be the reason why your LED is stuck on.

Your LED however, is not the sole reason why your calculator is draining battery power since that LED barely draws any power at all. It sounds like BMIC is likely the culprit to where all that power is going.

Unfortunately, a BMIC repair is going to be very tricky and will require a donor calculator. You’ll need to be comfortable with soldering surface mount components. Before you go and try replacing it, I’d suggest contacting TI first to see if they can assist you at all or replace your calculator.

Here’s an image of the TI-84 Plus CE PCB. I’ve circled the location of the BMIC (it is in the same place on every hardware revision up to time of posting [Revision pre-A to N]).

Let me know if you have any questions!

This is my old answer for posterity:

His best guess is that your power supply sent a surge of electricity that fried your driving transistor (basically it’s the thing that controls the LED). This could happen if you’re not using the original charger that came with the calculator. Unfortunately, to repair this, you’ll need some pretty hefty experience with fixing circuit boards and a good hot-air rework station which can cost upwards of $500. :( (If you have the experience and equipment to replace it, I can try to get some steps on how to do it.)

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of returning your calculator or fix it, you should be able to just sever the LED connections from the circuit board. You’ll still be able to charge the calculator, you just won’t know exactly when it’s fully charged.

Here’s a picture of the PCB. You should be able to de-solder the LED and just pop it right off. If you don’t have any experience with soldering, you could also try taking needle nosed pliers and twisting off the resistors located directly to the right of the LED (they’re marked R36G and R39G)."
Guest [Entry]

"If the battery is more then ~3-4 years old, try replacing the battery. Modern lithium batteries don’t last as long because there are more onboard nannies on the BMS when compared to older ones that let you charge it with a dangerous fault. In most cases, a persistent charging light (or runtime issues) indicates a battery fault. This doesn’t always fix the problem, but it’s cheap to try and is easier then trying to repair the calculator’s PCB. If the issue persists, the board is bad and the battery is completely ruled out.

I don’t know if TI sells the battery directly or you need to use a 3rd party to get one, but the guide to replace it can be found here. If for some reason the battery is no longer available from the provided link, the part number that worked out for me is 3.7L1200SPA. I found what appears to be the OEM battery on Amazon. There is a possibility you will need this battery since TI appears to use 2 different types."
Guest [Entry]

The driving transistor for the charging LED is integrated directly into the BMIC, which is a nice feature. That's why you can't finding a driving transistor. (By contrast, the testing LED on so-equipped calculators does have a driving transistor. Two, in fact, as it's a two-color LED.)
Guest [Entry]

Could be a shorted charge connector