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Old 01-01-2010, 10:18 AM
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Battery in my Dell Inspiron 1525 now last an hour tops, 16 month old unit. Looking on ebay, I see replacement non-OEM for less than half of a Dell.. Any opinions on non-OEM batts for a laptop.. I am tempted to just buy a new laptop, which would get me out of Windows Vista.,
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:25 AM
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My wife has the same laptop plus we have three others in the house and every replacement we have bought has been from AMS Batteries. They have an ebay store and the email address is sailsy@bellsouth.net always had great service and never an issue with any batteries I have bought and they have them for everything
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:39 AM
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There are many good replacements out there.
I however, coughed up $60 for one that only lasted 40 minutes on a full charge.

Bumster, do the batts you bought have the same duration on a full charge as the original?
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:55 AM
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On a side note, leaving the laptop plugged in and charging kills the battery. You would think they could program the machine to act like a smart charger turning off the power when the battery is fully charged.
I just take my battery out and run off the a/c adapter as long as I dont have to move it around. My batteries now outlast the the a/c adapters which seem to go out about every year or so.
My Dell just killed another a/c adapter and it no longer is worth replacing. The adapter is about $100 and the laptop has some other issues so I am typing on my brand new HP laptop that is smoking fast.
They have finally got a clue and moved the a/c adapter to the side on almost all the new laptops. The keeps the pressure off the connector where it attatches to the mother board when it on you lap.
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There are many good replacements out there.
I however, coughed up $60 for one that only lasted 40 minutes on a full charge.

Bumster, do the batts you bought have the same duration on a full charge as the original?
funny you should ask. @ replacements lasted as long and one actually lasted about a half hour more on average. I know what your thinking which is how could I know that. The first charge it had i noticed it had seemed longer than usual so I actually kept track of it for a few weeks and it was noticeably longer. Another thing to remember is that these PC makers do not make batteries so you can get a battery that could be made by the same OEM as what is supplied by your pc maker and not even know it
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Battery in my Dell Inspiron 1525 now last an hour tops, 16 month old unit. Looking on ebay, I see replacement non-OEM for less than half of a Dell.. Any opinions on non-OEM batts for a laptop.. I am tempted to just buy a new laptop, which would get me out of Windows Vista.,
Not a Vista fan huh?
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When I unplug my Dell the screen dims....I guess to save battery juice. Is there a way to keep the screen bright?
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I bought non-OEM for my daughter's Dell from ebay seller batterymonster. It started to lose charge significantly after 6 months or so - I think mostly because she never let the battery drain fully and recharge enough (as Mr. Demeanor already said). I sent a note to batterymonster and they exchanged it without any questions. So far the new one is OK.
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:32 PM
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Not a Vista fan huh?
All I know is I never had issues with a Windows product until I started using Vista. I have had more screen freezes and shut downs than when I had Macintosh machines!
I have the battery from AMS on my 'watch list' Thanks.. I do like buying from an outfit with 2700 feedbacks at 99.9% positive
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by triguy7 View Post
When I unplug my Dell the screen dims....I guess to save battery juice. Is there a way to keep the screen bright?
Yes, its in your power settings somewhere. You can chose different pre-set settings or create your own custom ones.
Control panel -->Hardware and Sound-->Power options
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Originally Posted by triguy7 View Post
When I unplug my Dell the screen dims....I guess to save battery juice. Is there a way to keep the screen bright?
Usually there is a function key combination (Fn and a sun or brightness character) that you can hit to dim or brighten the screen. My gateway and hp notebooks have them...
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
On a side note, leaving the laptop plugged in and charging kills the battery. You would think they could program the machine to act like a smart charger turning off the power when the battery is fully charged.
I just take my battery out and run off the a/c adapter as long as I dont have to move it around. My batteries now outlast the the a/c adapters which seem to go out about every year or so.
Based on your experience I would also surmise that leaving the AC adapter on and removing the battery kills the AC adapter. I've owned a good 10 laptops in the last dozen years and never had an AC adapter fail. (I'm only half-kidding - they are after all, designed to be used with a battery)

BTW most laptops do have some sort of intelligent battery management technology built in, many even have some sort of battery conditioning mode that will allow the battery to drain down while you're using it... unfortunately that can be very inconvenient, as the whole point of a laptop is being able to pick it up on a whim.

On the aftermarket batteries, I think it's a crap shoot.. sometimes it'll be just as good as OEM sometimes it'll be junk. All I can say about the OEM batteries (I just bought one @ $180) is that at least you know what to expect...
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My adapter failures are all a failure of the wire at right where it attaches to the connector or, a failure of the receptacle where it is soldered to the mother board. This is a very common failure that results from pressure on the connector while the laptop is on your lap. The wire eventually breaks or the solder breaks at the mother board. Last time my Dell broke, I took it apart, re-soldered the receptacle to the mother board, then poured epoxy over the receptacle permanently attaching it to the mother board. That way, it wasn't just held by two tiny soldered connections.
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I have bought a couple on ebay for my Dell laptop, one was a good one last one not too good and does not fit to well.

Getting ready to buy another for mine this weekend and I will use ebay again
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:13 AM
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My adapter failures are all a failure of the wire at right where it attaches to the connector or, a failure of the receptacle where it is soldered to the mother board. This is a very common failure that results from pressure on the connector while the laptop is on your lap. The wire eventually breaks or the solder breaks at the mother board. Last time my Dell broke, I took it apart, re-soldered the receptacle to the mother board, then poured epoxy over the receptacle permanently attaching it to the mother board. That way, it wasn't just held by two tiny soldered connections.

Dell builds in obsolecence. I had one that I replaced that same module twice. They want to fix it for $200, so that way it is just cheaper to buy a new, "faster" computer. I bought the parts and fixed them myself, but kept the computer "alive" for too long.

The Dell a/c cords also go bad regularly.


Afishianado, my suggestion would be use this battery failure as a good time to buy another brand computer for $500 that will be brand new and running Windows 7. Why throw good money at something that is inferior in quality (Dell)?
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:22 AM
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Send your battery to these folks, and you will get better batteries (and longer life) than you ever had with the original. I had them do cordless drill batts. I would think they do laptops too. http://www.mtobattery.com/STORE/
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:15 AM
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I am typing on my new laptop and this thing is very fast for a laptop. Just gettinh used to the new keyboard. It wasnt loaded with a ton of useless crap like my Dell was either. These are the two I was looking at and I went with the HP as I had one in the past that was the best laptop I ever owned. It also has the 64bit versin of windows 7 and the ac adapter attaches on the side!!!! Either way, for $500ish I would keep the dell and use the it as a backup running on the ac cord if I were you.
http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...reen-Notebook/

http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...uters-_-160254

Damn, I am really having a hrd time adjusting to this keyboard. Its like getting in a rental car and looking for the windshield wipers.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:19 AM
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Got the battery from AMS, first try after the first charge was 2 hours... I'm Happy. Thanks guys.

Capt Will - Thanks for your tip. Sending my Porter Cable 19.2v batts I have at home to MTO on another batt issue..
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