Any good options for an inexpensive but reliable replacement?
Maybe it's just me, but this question seems to come up every 2-week or so...? Just when I thought this has been discussed to death already
And those are just the threads from the first few pages of a Google search
If you think those are too much to go through, that's the point. I don't think anybody here is able to give you a definitive answer on buying 3rd party batteries that's "cheap". It's a hit-or-miss (and from my limited experience, it's inclined to "miss").
And because of the fly-by-night nature of some of the "cheap battery" sellers (they don't always have the same supplier and *any* QC/QA, just source the cheapest one available), the one they're going to ship you next may not be the once-in-a-while good quality one they sold someone else 3-month ago, which render the experience and ratings kind of useless.
To quote an earlier post
, with some modifications...
1. Get official ones. Not too old, preferably less than 3-year (lithium rechargeable ages even not used). Sometimes you may find bargain ones on EBay or whatever. Also try Lenovo Outlet.
2. Get one from a reputable source. e.g. Check forums, recommendation by friends, seller ratings (contact the buyers who've bought it >6-month ago, preferably a year).
3. Avoid the cheapest ones on EBay.
I like to emphasis that one has to ask someone who've used the battery for some time, preferably over an year or so, because most of my 3rd party batteries started to give up after one year, while the original ones usually last at least 2, sometimes 3 or more years.
Afterall, "inexpensive" and "reliable" seem to be, more than often, incompatible terms for after-market batteries.
And we haven't yet begun to discuss what are "inexpensive" and "reliable"....
Do I still buy OEM batteries? It depends, for laptops, my advice is generally "no", especially if you're talking about the bargain basements on EBay, if you expect it to last more than a year.
Cheers, and look forward to the next time this question appears again...