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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Laptop Batteries

My Dell laptop needs a new battery which is gonna cost me $150 if I get it from Dell. Staples carries LENMAR replacement batteries for my model which goes for $63. Anybody have any good/bad experiences with Lenmar batteries? I could also get a Dell VOSTRO for $80. Is there another brand I should consider?

I assume laptop batteries are like car batteries in that you don't have to be brand specific.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 04:26 PM
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pull it apart and replace the cells. it's pretty simple.

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I've rebuilt a few of them over the years and I've bought the cheap replacements on Ebay. I've had mixed results using the cheapo batteries from Ebay. If you have decent soldering skills and patience you can rebuild them using cells from several online battery stores. Almost all of them use the same 18650 Lithium-ion cells that you can buy for about 5-7 dollars each if you search long enough. Get the ones WITH the tabs.

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I bought a replacement for my HP laptop for around $50 off eBay. The retail price was about $140 through HP.

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I've rebuilt a few of them over the years and I've bought the cheap replacements on Ebay. I've had mixed results using the cheapo batteries from Ebay. If you have decent soldering skills and patience you can rebuild them using cells from several online battery stores. Almost all of them use the same 18650 Lithium-ion cells that you can buy for about 5-7 dollars each if you search long enough. Get the ones WITH the tabs.
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