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Old 02-09-16, 08:56
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I'd be wary of buying cheap laptop batteries.

Last year I bought one shortly before coming across a Google article complaining about one that had exploded in a laptop.

As the one I'd bought was also of Chinese manufacture and seemed to have come from the same Nottingham supplier, I removed it and bought a genuine Toshiba one.

I'm not saying they all will explode, but buying cheap can have its consequences.

I wasn't particularly happy with the quality anyway as after calibration, it was showing as already having 4% wear which represented about 4 months usage for me.
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Old 02-09-16, 09:15
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On the other hand I've bought a couple in the past which have been fine. Some of the verified sale reviews are good. The main factor for me is the cost of the battery, the value of the laptop, and its working value.
Spending 50 on a 1,000 laptop is different to spending it on a 100 one.

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Old 02-09-16, 10:05
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It's good to see that you haven't had any problems with the batteries you have bought and that exploding one may have been a one off from that supplier and while the article was short on details, I had to assume that was under normal usage and there wasn't an underlying fault in the laptop that caused the battery to overheat - which is the usual cause for them to explode.

It's just that I wasn't prepared to take the chance.

I've recently spent 115 on having a mobo replaced on a Win 7 laptop that was bought in 2011 for 329 and now upgraded to Win 10.

I considered the working value of that one better value than buying a new Win 10 laptop.
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Old 07-09-16, 07:49
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Batteries are not serviceable, but a new one is a lot cheaper than a new laptop.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-De.../dp/B003YFH8OO
Yeah exactly. I want to save money thats why not going to buy a new laptop.
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Old 07-09-16, 07:50
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Problem is you do not know whether it is the battery or the bit of charging circuit on the motherboard. I had a Dell Inspiron 5040 in the other day showing the same symptoms so I ordered a new battery only to find that it still would not charge. Tried all the "tricks" on YouTube but it still will not charge. Same as yours, it works fine when the charger/power supply is plugged in.
Thanks for identifying it. I will check it with the help of my bro.
But my gut feeling is that its the battery
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Old 07-09-16, 07:51
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The chances are that it probably is the battery but you can check its wear level with the free version of HWMonitor.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Use the SETUP ENGLISH button down on the left.

@ pete.i You may want to download this program as well and if the wear level isn't drastic then you will know it is something else.
nice tool. thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-09-16, 07:56
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It's good to see that you haven't had any problems with the batteries you have bought and that exploding one may have been a one off from that supplier and while the article was short on details, I had to assume that was under normal usage and there wasn't an underlying fault in the laptop that caused the battery to overheat - which is the usual cause for them to explode.

It's just that I wasn't prepared to take the chance.

I've recently spent 115 on having a mobo replaced on a Win 7 laptop that was bought in 2011 for 329 and now upgraded to Win 10.

I considered the working value of that one better value than buying a new Win 10 laptop.
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On the other hand I've bought a couple in the past which have been fine. Some of the verified sale reviews are good. The main factor for me is the cost of the battery, the value of the laptop, and its working value.
Spending 50 on a 1,000 laptop is different to spending it on a 100 one.

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I'd be wary of buying cheap laptop batteries.

Last year I bought one shortly before coming across a Google article complaining about one that had exploded in a laptop.

As the one I'd bought was also of Chinese manufacture and seemed to have come from the same Nottingham supplier, I removed it and bought a genuine Toshiba one.

I'm not saying they all will explode, but buying cheap can have its consequences.

I wasn't particularly happy with the quality anyway as after calibration, it was showing as already having 4% wear which represented about 4 months usage for me.
Well, I am looking for OEM batteries so that it will minimize the risk.
I am too happy with the laptop therefore don't want to change it. Besides, I also don't want to spend money on new laptop as I am saving for a mission.
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Old 07-09-16, 10:58
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How much wear did HWMonitor show for your battery ?
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Old 16-09-16, 15:06
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How much wear did HWMonitor show for your battery ?
Well sorry, I don't exactly remember. I asked my brother to check it.
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