Are aftermarket laptop batteries crap?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by link626, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. link626

    link626 Asus GL502VM, Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    I once bought a no name brand li ion battery for my camera as a backup battery. It died quick and became unusable, while the original factory canon battery pack still worked.

    Are aftermarket no name laptop batteries the same way?

    My GL502 battery has become swollen and lost 50% capacity after just 2 years. It won't charge above 80% , and it shuts down at 27%, so definitely 2 of the 4 cells are fubar.

    I'm deciding whether to spend $30 to get a used original Asus battery pulled from laptop, and then storing it till I need it,
    or waiting until my current battery is completely unusable, and then spend $50 to get a new aftermarket brand battery.
    My only worry is that the aftermarket batteries use cheap lipo cells.

    I'm wondering how these laptop battery shops can store these batteries for so many years. Even my 10 year old laptop still has aftermarket batteries for sale.
    I can't imagine those batteries holding any charge.
     
  2. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Instead of the options you list, take the original battery and have it rebuilt with new cells. ;)
     
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  3. link626

    link626 Asus GL502VM, Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    you can't rebuild this.

    These are lipo batteries.

    But there are many aftermarket no name brands that make something equivalent

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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    If he aftermarket batteries are significantly less money, they have to make that money up somehow. It's been my experience that third party batteries tend to offer less battery life, wear more quickly and are generally more flaky.
     
  5. 3Fees

    3Fees Notebook Deity

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    I gotten a few after market batteries and they have been good, in many instances aftermarket offers two capacities one original and one increased-get a quality one with the best warranty, cheap is not always better.
     
  6. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    There is a problem with that logic, however - expensive aftermarket battery can be made from the same low-quality garbage as cheap one, even on the very same plant...
    I had positive experience with aftermarket extended batteries. Should be noted that they do lose their capacity noticeably faster than original, at least that was the case with mine.
     
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    3Fees Notebook Deity

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    Interesting, I have not had the problem,, quality-- more expensive is the operative words here
     
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  8. link626

    link626 Asus GL502VM, Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    yeah even though these are all made in china, I can't trust non-oem after the bad experience with my aftermarket canon battery leaking to 0v while being unused, while the original canon battery still holds good charge after almost 5 years unused.

    It seems no name replacement batteries come down to <$20 after several years, but amazon reviews are hit or miss. Some even have the same experience as with my camera battery, with their aftermarket laptop battery not being able to hold a charge.

    The last thing I want is a money pit battery.
     
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  9. Deks

    Deks Notebook Prophet

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    Just because something is more expensive, it doesn't mean its of higher quality - in fact my own experiences support this... however with batteries, its usually a hit and miss... especially laptop ones as each manufacturer makes batteries to their own personal 'standards', so third parties matching that could be problematic.
    Or it could be the cheaper ones are more prone to failures due to manufacturing defects? I doubt that third parties would go through all the trouble of manufacturing individual batteries for different laptops. I think its more likely the batteries would have been manufactured in the same factory under same conditions, but these cheaper ones might not have passed quality control (so they get offloaded to third party vendors for cheap, or the third parties 'harvest' them as discarded units from landfills and whatnot?).

    Pricing is always up to the manufacturer... so they can (and usually do) make it up according to what they see is profitable - its not an indication of quality though (that's a myth that most people were lead to uphold and perpetuate).
     
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  10. rinneh

    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    I would just try to get hold of a new original battery. Its hard to find out if the third party manufacturer uses good cells or not.
     
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