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replacement batteries for devices like laptops, mobile phones is becoming a lottery
on 19 September 2015
This battery has all the 'Dell' info printed all over it. It's listed as 'Genuine Dell ...' But it ain't. It is a third party product, perhaps made and sold under some sort of licencing deal with Dell. The give-away is that the one I received was a marginal, very reluctant fit. The real Dell original slid in and out of the battery compartment absolutely precisely - a totally precision fit. This one did not. Offering it up to slide into place, as per the real original, resulted in it jamming. I thought maybe I was not offering it up squarely but several attempts and still it would not slide in. I was all ready to send it back but tried once again, with a bit more pressure - a lot more than should have been necessary. It stuck but finally slid into place. As I use my laptop on mains power 95% of the time, battery life has not been an issue but my impression is that this replacement does not have the run-time of the Dell original. Replacement batteries for devices like laptops, mobile phones are becoming a lottery. Even so-called 'Genuine Dell/Samsung/whatever' batteries are likely to be our-sourced to manufacturers which just do not make batteries to the original spec. This Dell replacement is an example.
UPDATE. This battery is now running flat as quickly after 5 months as the original Dell battery after several years. Once again an after-market battery [which it is, despite all the Dell stuff printed on it] shows up the very poor quality that these a/mkt batteries - for whatever device - tend to exhibit. If your laptop is still serving you well as a computer, at some stage you will have to accept that once the original battery gets tired, a replacement will not serve to get you back up to road-warrior spec. You will have to accept that you are plugged into the mains for most of the time, with the occasional session of an hour or two off-grid. Very disappointing.