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How to choose a replacement laptop battery?
Updated:2010.07.19 Source:xitonghan Clicks:

The lifespan of a laptop battery is very important to people that like to use their computer on the go or in a mobile way. The length a battery is runs is often a very important factor in a purchasing decision for anyone buying a laptop, especially if they envisage using it all the time for their work/play needs.

Here are some tips to bear in mind when buying a new or replacement battery for a laptop:

No doubt, if you purchased your laptop as new, it will come with supplied a battery. However, many people find their existing laptop batteries are just not adequate enough. As a result, they can find themselves in frustrating situations e.g. the battery running out at a crucial moment.

In order to avoid such scenario, here are some tips you should bear in mind.

1)  Buy a battery that has a long life, the lifespan is specified by the manufacturer. Of course, the longer lasting batteries will cost more than those with a shorter running time.

Consider a battery from a different manufacturer to laptop

2) A lot of people buy a laptop battery from the same manufacturer as the maker of the laptop they own. This isn't necessarily the best choice. There is nothing wrong with using a battery from a different manufacturer. In fact, you may save yourself some money as it means you have a wider range to choose from.

3)  Shop around for the battery, purchase on the Internet if you have to. You will be able to locate much better deals on the Internet using price comparison search engines.

4)  How long do you expect a battery to last? The needs of users will vary depending on the level of use and the locations they use their laptop. Some heavy users using a laptop in mobile location will want a very long lasting battery, but others who only move it around their homes may not need an exceedingly long life battery.

5)  When buying a replacement battery, ensure you have a return policy as not all replacement batteries work well with a particular model of laptop. Of course, if that's the case you have the option of trying out another one until you are satisfied. It might be easy to take the laptop with you when purchasing a battery, but problems with batteries are not always evident straight away. A battery needs to be tested in an environment in which you would normally use it; therefore, you should try it for at least a few days before deciding it's the right one for your laptop.

Safeguard your purchase

Make sure you buy the laptop battery from a reputable retailer because there have been incidences in the past here the battery catches fire which can obviously cause damage to the laptop. This can also put at risk any important files and documents that you might have saved on machine. The batteries were manufactured by an established name like Sony used in laptops made by companies like Apple, Dell and Fujitsu.

You might not receive the same buyer's rights if you were to purchase the battery either used or from a relatively unknown retailer. Its important to be in a position to recover any damage to any equipment that may result from a malfunctioning battery.