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Posted: 04/24/21 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

curt12914 wrote:

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


Dell "2 in 1" laptop/tablet with foldable keyboard does not have an external battery either, you have to remove the entire bottom to access HD, memory, battery on many laptops. Upgrade my DDs Dell with a SSD drive, also had to replace the processor fan that got noisy on her laptop.

Search for a YouTube video using the model number of your laptop, chances are someone has already made a video of your model showing exactly how to open it up.

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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.


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]


I've always got 6-7 batteries charged and ready to go in my pack, so I've never worried. I've gone through several during an outing, but never had a battery "fail".


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As an IT guy by profession, I can say OEM brands do fail once in a while, but not often. Aftermarket are a crapshoot. I purchased 2 identical batteries for an Acer laptop, one of which failed within months. I've gotten varied performance from cheap aftermarket batteries for all my electronic needs.

If it's important to me, I buy name brand, and then as mentioned above, I'll likely buy two.


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Posted: 04/24/21 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought two at batteriesplus.com They had good reviews and I was happy.I have a solid state laptop. Going to have to google how to replace this battery one day!

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Posted: 04/28/21 06:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here,
Got the new one in.. its the knock-off and is coming up to full capacity.
It is identical except for the Dell logo.

We'll see how long term it goes.

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Posted: 10/24/21 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here, six month update:

So far so good on the knock-off battery. I am see no ill effects of using it.

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Posted: 10/24/21 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have also had great results using a non OEM battery from Amazon for my now old Acer laptop Vista that I upgraded to Win 10 with zero problems for several years now. Use it as a backup to my new Lenovo laptop I core 7.

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Glad it's working out for you.

My aftermarket battery outlived the laptop. I got about 8-9 years out of it when I retired the old computer for overheating and crashing problems.


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Posted: 10/25/21 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good to here!

My generic Acer laptop battery is still going fine after a yr of use..

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I have been retired since 2004. I am now on my 2nd lap top, I always bought the 3 party batteries and they outlasted the OEM battery and the laptop itself. When my current laptop battery started to fail after about 10 years I was ready to buy another one but I removed the battery for awhile then followed some HP prompts to prolong battery life. That was about 3 months ago and battery has lost capacity but is still working. You don't always get what you pay for. I don't know if this is just coincidental but I had an old Oral B with a Li battery that would no longer charge and the company was nice enough to send me a new one. When the new one died also I put the 20 year old one back on the charger about 5 years ago and it still works today. So when one gets weak I just alternate between the two. They won't fully charge when low they have to be completely discharged to come back to full strength. Anyone know why this is?

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