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#1 +Mystic

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 19:13

I'm used to helping in the Hardware Forum not posting a topic in it, so you guys will have to help me out here. I've been working at my dad's office part time this summer doing IT work. Today, my dad noticed while I was using a Dell Latitude D820 (which was connected to a docking station) that the battery indicator was going crazy. I unplugged it from the docking station and immediately it shut off. When I got it back up and running, at the desktop I clicked the battery indicator which failed to detect that I had a battery even connected.

Replacement batteries are pretty expensive across the board but where is the most reputable site to buy from? I just don't want my dad to get screwed with some crappy Chinese knockoff battery that doesn't hold a charge for longer than an hour.


#2 DanManIt

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 19:29

If you want guaranteed quality, go directly through the manufacturer. Just expect to pay a premium.

There are a lot of knockoff batteries sold on ebay that are still quality and much cheaper. Just be careful and try googling the item number. I know some friends who have bought good batteries on ebay, but I have also heard of people getting trash.

#3 OP +Mystic

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 19:34

If you want guaranteed quality, go directly through the manufacturer. Just expect to pay a premium.

There are a lot of knockoff batteries sold on ebay that are still quality and much cheaper. Just be careful and try googling the item number. I know some friends who have bought good batteries on ebay, but I have also heard of people getting trash.

Ebay was the first place I checked. I've bought a replacement off of there for my laptop but I only had the battery for about a week so I couldn't really test it out (for quality).

I'll check with Dell directly and see if my father wants to go through Ebay or not.

#4 Jesse Carlton

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 20:10

I always use battdepot.com (.ca for me). They usually ship same day and I get the battery next day from BC to Ontario.

Their US depot is in WA.

Their prices are pretty in line with what you would be paying off ebay.

#5 gnuman

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 00:08

The battery is not being detected sounds more like a power circuitry issue than a battery issue itself. Do you have another model of that laptop and plug in the battery to check it out?

#6 .tony

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 00:25

I'm interested too, although I live in Australia leaving limited choice.

When you say Chinese knockoffs are they the ones listed as "genuine" or just the generic ones?
Because I've seen some batteries on eBay listed as genuine but I dunno.

#7 kimsland

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 00:39

Try here: http://www.betterbatt.com.au/ for Oz

#8 Denis W.

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 00:46

I always use battdepot.com (.ca for me). They usually ship same day and I get the battery next day from BC to Ontario.

Their US depot is in WA.

Their prices are pretty in line with what you would be paying off ebay.


Wow geez... a replacement battery (which I really need soon in time for school, both my XPS M1210's batteries are toast) costs $159.99 US on Dell's site, whereas it's not even offered for their Canadian site. :hmmm: And it's only $64.99 CAD on this site.

Thanks for sharing that site. (Y)

#9 OP +Mystic

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 03:10

Try here: http://www.betterbatt.com.au/ for Oz

That's .au so I probably won't use it.

Wow geez... a replacement battery (which I really need soon in time for school, both my XPS M1210's batteries are toast) costs $159.99 US on Dell's site, whereas it's not even offered for their Canadian site. :hmmm: And it's only $64.99 CAD on this site.

Thanks for sharing that site. (Y)

I couldn't find the site on BBB.org but it gets pretty mixed reviews when searching Google. Haven't decided if I will go with that site, need to talk to my father as it will be his money as his laptop. :p

#10 Denis W.

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 06:17

They've got a listing on BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/w...ine-wa-22477285

#11 Berserk87

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 06:22

if you know enough about electronics and know how to solder i would open it up and test all the cells. (i would :) )

if all of the cells measure correctly, might as well take them out and use them for something else.
if your just going to throw it out, ill take it :p

#12 OP +Mystic

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 21:24

They've got a listing on BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/w...ine-wa-22477285

Yea I saw that but they don't have BBB accreditation, just those two complaints.

#13 +LingeringSoul

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 23:36

Damn, that BattDepot site almost seems too good to be true. For the 13.3 inch MacBook (white):

BattDepot.ca: $68.99
Apple.ca: $159.00

If I wasn't thinking of replacing my laptop, I would be all over this. Thanks for sharing, Jesse. It's in my bookmarks now.

#14 DanManIt

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 21:36

Wow, that battdepot site is really good. I hadn't ever heard of it before