Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

Need to Replace Your Laptop Battery? 6 Things You Need to Know

For some things, buying a replacement battery is relatively straightforward and simple. For example, if you need to replace the battery in your car, Interstate is widely seen as a trusted brand. If you are looking for AA or AAAs to keep your portable mouse full of juice, then Duracell is a good way to go. If you are a pilot and want to ensure that your aircraft stays airborne, then a gill battery is a popular choice. However, when it comes time to replace the battery in your laptop, then things can become somewhat more complex — and risky.

This is because choosing the wrong replacement battery can do more than just damage your wallet, since you will be buying yet another replacement much sooner than you think; possibly within days or weeks. You could also risk damaging your device, and potentially causing an injury or even a fire.

Need to Replace Your Laptop Battery. 6 Things You Need to Know

The first thing to keep in mind is that, basically, you cannot go wrong by purchasing a battery from your laptop’s manufacturer.Granted, you will pay more, but you can rest assured that you will get a quality, tested and reliable replacement. Plus, it will come with a warranty in case it fails to live up to promised standards and specifications.

However, if you do want to save some money by purchasing from a third party (a.k.a. off brand), here are six things to keep in mind before you buy, not after:

1. Pay close attention to the warranty details. What happens if the lifespan fails to meet promised specifications? Who pays for return shipping? What is the turnaround standard — days, weeks or months? Ideally, this will all be academic because your replacement battery will function as expected. But if not, then you want to be prepared vs. surprised.

2. Check (and then double-check) the specifications. Some third party sellers are vague — or just sloppy — when it comes to listing what laptops are compatible with various batteries. Make sure that you get the right size for the right model.

3. Never go beyond the specified voltage.

4. If you opt for a high capacity battery (i.e. one with a higher amp hour rating), then make sure that it fits your laptop manufacturer’s specifications.

5. Make sure that the battery is new (typically 18 months or less), and has not been sitting in a store room for years.

6. If you are thinking of replacing your laptop entirely, here is a list of models with the longest battery life.

The Bottom Line

Replacing a laptop battery may not score particularly high on the “fun scale” — but it should not be risky or dangerous, either. Do your research, make no assumptions, and within short order you beloved device will be full of life, and ready to help you be productive (or just settle in for another Angry Cat YouTube marathon — it is up to you!).

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.

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