What to look for when shopping for a laptop battery? First of all, you want to ensure that you buying the correct battery for the laptop you have. It’s helpful to have you laptop manufacturer and model in hand. It might also be helpful to turn your computer off and remove your laptop battery.
Your laptop battery should have specifications on it such as a part number that should easily allow you to figure out which laptop battery might work for you.
Before going out and purchasing a laptop battery, you may want to call the manufacturer first. If your laptop battery failed within a year or the performance has drastically gone down within the first year, you may want to call the manufacturer. The manufacturer may have had a laptop battery recall or perhaps you have a defect product. Either way, this phone call could save you quite a bit of money if the manufacturer is willing to replace your laptop battery for free.
If it turns out that the manufacturer will not help (it’s a long shot, but sometimes works – especially if you haven’t owned the laptop for very long), you will need to start looking at laptop batteries elsewhere.
Option 1: You can purchase a new laptop battery from the manufacturer. This is the safest choice as the laptop manufacturer has a lot to lose if the laptop battery is not satisfactory.
Option 2: You can purchase an OEM battery. A lot of people may go this route due to the fact that they are not satisfied with the battery sold to them by the manufacturer. If you are buying an OEM, be sure to purchase from a reputable company with hopefully a battery name you’ve heard of before. You can either purchase from a local location or go online and see what might be available.
Option 3: Purchase an OEM battery through Ebay. I put this as a separate option from option 2 because this is the most risky of the options. I’ve seen good and bad reviews of people purchasing a laptop battery on EBay. Some people swear by it and others swear against it. I guess it depends on your level of risk that you want to take for the potential dollar savings. If you do go this route, I would spend time carefully reading the reviews of the EBay seller. This might take a little time, but it might save you from having to hassle someone to get a refund later if the product is defective.
Buying a laptop battery doesn’t have to be a huge chore, but be sure to do your homework and check out the business you are purchasing the battery from.