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monkey44

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Posted: 04/23/21 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A side note: Different equipment, but in my Canon Cameras, the CANON OEM batteries of the same size last much longer per charge, and much longer battery life. Yup, higher cost too.

I'm sure some manufacturers do a good job, and some don't. Finding which is which becomes a chore in itself. I buy OEM when I can ... and find it cost effective and dependability effective in the long run.


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I spoke with my IT guy, who is an approved installer and reseller for Dell. He does all of our office's IT stuff and is the person with whom I dealt on my laptop purchase (it is the computer in question promoting my topic inquiry)
...this guy's computer and tech-stuff knowledge is in the stratosphere!

I was surprised to hear him to say he takes no exception to after market batteries!

...having worked with him for close to two decades with respect to our office equipment (and knowing his partiality to Dell components) I was quite surprised to hear him opine that it is a coin toss as to purchasing from Dell or from Amazon!

Price aside, Dell can get one to me in a little over two weeks!!!!
Amazon, next Tuesday.

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When my son's old laptop stopped holding a charge, I replaced the battery with an aftermarket with no issues. He has since bought a new laptop, but his old one continues to function fine. We ordered one off of Amazon that wasn't the cheapest available, but was still significantly cheaper than the ASUS branded one.

Keep in mind that it is likely the laptop manufacturer doesn't make the battery either. It is entirely possible that the aftermarket battery is exactly the same as the manufacturer-labeled batter.

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About a dozen years ago I bought an aftermarket battery for my laptop. It was bigger, stuck out the back and had a lot of extra capacity.

That battery gave me more than 10 years of flawless service before I retired the laptop. When the laptop expired from a CPU overheating problem, it was still going strong when I replaced the computer.

It was so good that I stopped using the OEM battery.

I would not hesitate to do buy another one for my present laptop.


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I think what one gets is a luck of the draw. I bought a no brand one for my HP laptop about five months ago off e-Bay. Worked great till it didn't. Timed its life this morning. Full charge to dead in six minuets.

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monkey44 wrote:

A side note: Different equipment, but in my Canon Cameras, the CANON OEM batteries of the same size last much longer per charge, and much longer battery life. Yup, higher cost too.

I'm sure some manufacturers do a good job, and some don't. Finding which is which becomes a chore in itself. I buy OEM when I can ... and find it cost effective and dependability effective in the long run.


I have bought generic batteries for my Canon cameras and they work to the same standards as the oem batteries. The catch is that you need to watch the mAh of the individual batteries. Not all generics have the same rating as the oem batteries.


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I don't have an opinion on no name replacement batteries but I'll chime in on what I found helps them last longer. Don't think it should always be fully recharged.

I use to think I should always recharge it to 100% after each use, or just leave it plugged into the charger. My Sony's original battery lasted maybe 2 years. While researching if this is expected, I read about laptop battery care. I changed my habit to only recharge when it gets down to 10%. Then only charge it up to about 80% and not let it live on the charger.

6 years later my Sony brand replacement is still going strong. YMMV


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My (inexpensive) HP laptop does not have an external battery.


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RedRollingRoadblock wrote:

I think what one gets is a luck of the draw. I bought a no brand one for my HP laptop about five months ago off e-Bay. Worked great till it didn't. Timed its life this morning. Full charge to dead in six minuets.


You bought it on Ebay.

You got what you paid for.

There are far better places on this Earth to purchase new electronics and Ebay isn't one of them.

Got scammed/swindled way to many times from Ebay purchases.

Sure, your gonna pay a bit more for even Amazon, but at least with Amazon you have some hope to recover your money or get a free replacement easier..

I save Ebay for those hard to find, made of unobtainium items that haven't been made for 50 yrs.. And even yet, I have been able to avoid Ebay through other means.

Look up a Batteries Plus store, you will get far better service from them than Ebay.

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toedtoes wrote:

monkey44 wrote:

A side note: Different equipment, but in my Canon Cameras, the CANON OEM batteries of the same size last much longer per charge, and much longer battery life. Yup, higher cost too.

I'm sure some manufacturers do a good job, and some don't. Finding which is which becomes a chore in itself. I buy OEM when I can ... and find it cost effective and dependability effective in the long run.


I have bought generic batteries for my Canon cameras and they work to the same standards as the oem batteries. The catch is that you need to watch the mAh of the individual batteries. Not all generics have the same rating as the oem batteries.


Correct ToedToes, that's why I always checked the specs first. Some mfg meet specs, some don't. But even some that claim 'same specs', often do not perform as well. I can't afford failure in the field when working, so just buy OEM and not worry. Saving a few bucks on a battery isn't worth worrying about the Mfg miles from civilization. I go thru three or four on some assignments. If I worked closer in town, it might be an option. [emoticon]

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