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Old 12-08-18, 05:48 PM
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Replacement Laptop Battery

OE or aftermarket?

Dell in this case.
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Even branded batteries can be knock-offs. Read reviews and learn to filter out those that are clearly "day one excitement" or shills.

Expect a decent battery to hold it's capacity for at least 12 months. It's hard to find longer warranties than that. 18 months is pretty good for a laptop battery to retain its full original capacity. But in general I seek the longest warranty I can find, from what appears to be a vendor that will be there to back a claim.
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Under warranty OEM. Out of warranty, aftermarket is fine.

Caution: find a reputable seller (hopefully one that offers easy returns). And check, and double check to be sure the battery you buy is the battery want. Some will say replacement for XYZ laptop. They can fit, and still not be the capacity you expected.
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Do they stil make laptops with (user)removable batteries?

Thought they were all permanently built-in nowadays; I refuse to buy those
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Originally Posted by Tamiya View Post
Do they stil make laptops with (user)removable batteries?

Thought they were all permanently built-in nowadays; I refuse to buy those

Careful what you say or the MacBook monster will come and get you.
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Careful what you say or the MacBook monster will come and get you.
meh there's already a couple of Airs scheming under my bed right now. but yeah, I wouldn't choosingly go pay my own $$$ to buy those things... even though I'll admit I'm a fairly hardcore Cupertino fanboi

The Mrs dragged home a new Dell earlier in the year. Haven't looked at at closely but it's pretty light compared to the previous unit... bottom seems to be all smooth plastic tub now, don't see anywhere for a battery to slot in anymore.


Will need to go shopping for a smallish (I'm thinking 11-13") unit with decent HDD that'll survive high school... but SSDs seem to top out at 100GB, spinning drives go to 500GB but probably less hardy. Schoolchild needs 6-8hrs battery life if not I'd use one of the old Airs... but they barely do 3-4hrs today afaik (System reports battery has barely done 120odd cycles?!) & I CBF'd opening them to do battery swap surgery.
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This is a 2013 relic. My daughters laptop died, this will hold her over until she figures out what she wants to do.

Finding the sweet spot in the $30-$150 range of prices is the goal.

Thanks for the assistance,
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
OE or aftermarket?

Dell in this case.

I have had great success for aftermarkets on a few items. There are even places that will take your old battery shell and equip it with new cells.

Ebay is your friend.... what dell model are you looking for?

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...ttery&_sacat=0

Make sure you know date of new battery manufacturer.... this is key, you don't want an old battery
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I have had great success for aftermarkets on a few items. There are even places that will take your old battery shell and equip it with new cells.

Ebay is your friend.... what dell model are you looking for?

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...ttery&_sacat=0

Make sure you know date of new battery manufacturer.... this is key, you don't want an old battery
The battery is a Type T54FJ Dell Latitude E5530
The original has a 10 of 13 date, which makes sense, since I received the unit new in 12 of 2013

I will check ebay. I hadn't checked there yet.
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not all of the replacements have the same specs. look over them and see waht they are
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
not all of the replacements have the same specs. look over them and see waht they are
The original is a 60wh. Could I go with a 97wh?
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Aslong as the casing is correct

Here is a link I tried

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...E5530&_sacat=0
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
The original is a 60wh. Could I go with a 97wh?
Maybe ... but if you do, understand that it may "jut out" in some direction... either down or back, and thus increase the physical size of your laptop.

BTW, I just bought one of thse batteries for my Dell... $39 off Amazon... and yes, I got a larger capacity, and yes, it sticks out the back, but other wise fits and works fine.

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I am going to purchase a Duracell replacement, more $ but, a 1 year warranty with what I believe would be an easier return if needed and confidence they will be "here" if needed.
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I am going to purchase a Duracell replacement, more $ but, a 1 year warranty with what I believe would be an easier return if needed and confidence they will be "here" if needed.
A 1 year warranty on a battery? OEMs may do that but unlikely otherwise. The norm is 30 day with 90 being the max. Brand name don't really help here.
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Just FYI if you all don't know it. They claim laptops are only meant to run on it's battery for ust a little bit. Too many people use theirs until it's dead and this gives them an early discharge and complete failure.
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Just FYI if you all don't know it. They claim laptops are only meant to run on it's battery for ust a little bit. Too many people use theirs until it's dead and this gives them an early discharge and complete failure.
Not sure where you got that info, I would be interested in the source.
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Not sure where you got that info, I would be interested in the source.
He's not saying it right, but you might try Linus Tech Tips. In that case, it refers specifically to cell phone batteries, but Li-ion all have the same potential. You're not suppose to discharge them completely -- nor charge them totally since both of those conditions put the maximum stress on the battery and result in its premature failure.

Still, most people get enough out of their batteries and don't bother trying to preserve them. Like storing batteries for months in the refrigerator. But who does that?
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Under warranty OEM. Out of warranty, aftermarket is fine.

Caution: find a reputable seller (hopefully one that offers easy returns). And check, and double check to be sure the battery you buy is the battery want. Some will say replacement for XYZ laptop. They can fit, and still not be the capacity you expected.
Any suggestions? I bought a replacement laptop battery from fleabay, and it turned out to be crap. Bricked out within a month, now I just leave it out because I have to plug the cable in anyways and don't need the dead weight.

If my CL buy works out tonight, then I'll have 3 laptops in the house that need batteries. It would be good to know where I can get some reliable batteries for a good price.
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Any suggestions? I bought a replacement laptop battery from fleabay, and it turned out to be crap. Bricked out within a month, now I just leave it out because I have to plug the cable in anyways and don't need the dead weight.

If my CL buy works out tonight, then I'll have 3 laptops in the house that need batteries. It would be good to know where I can get some reliable batteries for a good price.
Its been a while, and it wasn't from a site I've ever done business with before or since. I needed to replace the battery in my HP and all I can remember off-hand is the painstaking effort it took in matching all the code numbers and interpreting the warranty double-speak. The battery worded perfectly though.

Of course the simplest method is to just go to the manufacturer's website and click on the replacement battery. You will pay more (often for the exact same battery), but once the slap their name brand on it, at least you'll know it will be under warranty.
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Originally Posted by Tamiya View Post
Do they stil make laptops with (user)removable batteries?

Thought they were all permanently built-in nowadays; I refuse to buy those
Usually Business Class laptops tend to have user replaceable batteries. As most storage, battery, and more tends to be replaceable by the local corporate IT shop. So Dell Latitude E series past the low end models and the Precision line as examples in Dell. The UltraBook type and thin and light laptops tend to be the least user maintainable laptops of the machines extant. The Microsoft Surface Pro is even less serviceable than Apple MacBooks are, by the way.
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Usually Business Class laptops tend to have user replaceable batteries. As most storage, battery, and more tends to be replaceable by the local corporate IT shop.
yeah I thought the same too. But wifey's latest Dell (work supplied) doesn't look like it does. It's a fullsize unit that fills it's backpack, not particularly superthin nor featherweight. I only took quick peek whenever it's left unguarded lying on the couch, haven't gotten around to taking note of which model it is yet.
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yeah I thought the same too. But wifey's latest Dell (work supplied) doesn't look like it does. It's a fullsize unit that fills it's backpack, not particularly superthin nor featherweight. I only took quick peek whenever it's left unguarded lying on the couch, haven't gotten around to taking note of which model it is yet.
The negative of super thin is no user upgradeable parts -- everything is soldered in. If its a full--size unit then the battery is replaceable (although some may be internal). As indicated above all workplace units -- esp. from Dell -- are upgradeable.
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