I have Dell Inspiron 5520. I have a problem with the power adapter and I want to buy new one.

I saw that my charger amperage is 3.34A (65W) but there are also adapters with 4.62A (90W) and 6.7A (130W)

Is it safe to use charger with other amperage? There are disadvantages with charger with bigger amperage?

Also, I saw that there are non Dell chargers that listed as compatible. Are they safe? (It's not the main question. Don't mark as duplicate. More edit: the link is even not similiar this question). I talk about charger that the technical specs are identical, only it's not OEM charger.

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  • @Bilo - Care to expand? Why is it not safe? – Joe Taylor Dec 8 '15 at 14:51
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    It it totally safe. Don't listen to Bilo. – qasdfdsaq Dec 8 '15 at 15:38
  • Small warning. Some Dell laptops have a circuit to detect Dell chargers and query them as to how much amps they can provide. Depending on your charger, you might get a warning about non-standard charger, run-only, won't charge laptop message. There is a way to bypass this if you are sure your chargers has enough amperage. – Blackbeagle Dec 8 '15 at 21:13

The given electric current ('amperes') of each charger is the maximum current which it can provide to your laptop. If your laptop needs less electric current then it is fine. However, if you would use the 65W charger on a height-performance laptop, which consumes more than than 3.34 A, it could overheat.

The voltage of the charger is important for your comparison. The voltage of all three is 19.5 V (voltage * electric current = power). Therefore, it is fine to use any of the other chargers.

I currently run a Dell Latitude E7450 with a Dell Latitude D series charger with higher power (cannot look which exactly) and it works fine.

edit: I assume that you are writing about alternative chargers that are produced by Dell?!


It's the voltage that hurts; the laptop will draw whatever amperage it needs, as long as the amperage is the same as or more than the required amperage (if the lappy docs don't tell you what amperage it wants, look up Ohm's Law).

If the bigger tranny is for using the laptop in its Dell docking station (which will be the same voltage, but draw more power), it's certainly safe to use.

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