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Are "compatible" 9-cell batteries reliable... and safe?

#1 Post by glossywhite » Tue May 07, 2013 3:03 pm

Hello :)

I am considering one of these two batteries:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/9Cell-Battery ... 27cb51283a

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-9-Cell-La ... 43b3bb77b1


Reliable? Safe? Will they last?

Does anyone have any experience? I really don't want to waste money on something which is poor.

Kind thanks to you all, Matt :)

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#2 Post by ajkula66 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:02 pm

glossywhite wrote:Hello :)



Reliable? Safe? Will they last?
No, no and no.

Get a genuine battery even if you have to pay more it's well worth it.
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#3 Post by fleming164 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:08 pm

I agree with ajkula66, it's a huge risk buying 3rd party batteries and I would never do it to a machine I couldn't afford to loose. That being said I have bought them before and haven't had any trouble. Yet...

I definitely wouldn't recommend them though.
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#4 Post by glossywhite » Tue May 07, 2013 4:09 pm

ajkula66 wrote:
No, no and no.

Get a genuine battery even if you have to pay more it's well worth it.
Would you please expand on this? 50 Amazon reviews say differently...

Thanks :)

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#5 Post by ajkula66 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:15 pm

glossywhite wrote: Would you please expand on this? 50 Amazon reviews say differently...

Thanks :)
You asked for an opinion and got it from someone who has more ThinkPads in the basement than most people get to see in five lifetimes.

Your money - your call.
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#6 Post by glossywhite » Tue May 07, 2013 4:17 pm

ajkula66 wrote:
You asked for an opinion and got it from someone who has more ThinkPads in the basement than most people get to see in five lifetimes.

Your money - your call.
Okay. I respect and trust your opinion - it is valued :)

Thank you :)

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#7 Post by kenzking » Tue May 07, 2013 11:12 pm

The battery in my t400 I have had for a while now I bought on ebay used. It is a genuine Lenovo and the seller posted a screenshot of the ThinkVantage status showing it in great health. I got a very good price and it is still holding a hour+ charge for almost a year now. I have bought cheap "off brand" batteries new on ebay for my other thinkpads, and they never seem to last more then 3-6 months before they suddenly stop holding a charge or die all together.

IMO if you want to save money, get a second hand known good Lenovo battery. If you have a need for the longest battery life, buy a new Lenovo battery.
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#8 Post by ganon11000 » Wed May 08, 2013 1:58 am

My "fake" A31 battery is still going strong (came with 25% wear in December still 25% wear today!)
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#9 Post by bmninada » Wed May 08, 2013 9:09 am

I am no ThinkPad expert. However here's my take: Depends! If your notebook is primary used for surfing, has really no critical data and for mobility you've moved on to something else (a.k.a. tablets, ultra-books..modern), etc. causing this particular +3 year old notebook to be secondary, go for 3rd. party product. However, ebay is not really that great, would prefer Amazon and that too, batteries having extensive good reviews. I heard, improperly designed batteries have a tendency to burst and who knows, what corners were cut by this 3rd. party manufacturer? That's a risk you'll have to take, I guess if going down the route. I wouldn't then recommend the same if children are using it, normally stored and placed near any inflammable areas and surely not an option if the notebook's generally plugged in and no one's home...

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#10 Post by ganon11000 » Thu May 09, 2013 11:09 am

mine is 6 months old and is still perfect, would it be classified as safe?
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#11 Post by ScottyBoy » Sat May 11, 2013 8:48 am

@ glossywhite - Have you considered the following genuine batteries listed over on eBay UK? I have nothing to do with them at all but my cousin's purchased from them before (for his X61/X61s and R500 TPs) and they've been alright for him - the batteries he's received were manufactured between 2010/11 but none of them had any dead cells.

Genuine IBM Lenovo T60 R60 6-cell battery (40Y6799) - Brand New and boxed | eBay

Hope it's of some help to you! :D

EDIT: Appreciate they have a smaller battery cell size but it's still a decent price IMHO but also there's the possibility that they would accept an offer for them as well. :wink:

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#12 Post by glossywhite » Sat May 11, 2013 5:55 pm

ScottyBoy wrote:@ glossywhite - Have you considered the following genuine batteries listed over on eBay UK? I have nothing to do with them at all but my cousin's purchased from them before (for his X61/X61s and R500 TPs) and they've been alright for him - the batteries he's received were manufactured between 2010/11 but none of them had any dead cells.

Genuine IBM Lenovo T60 R60 6-cell battery (40Y6799) - Brand New and boxed | eBay

Hope it's of some help to you! :D

EDIT: Appreciate they have a smaller battery cell size but it's still a decent price IMHO but also there's the possibility that they would accept an offer for them as well. :wink:
Hello :)

That was extremely kind of you to post that, but I have now received my shiny new, third-party 9 cell battery from "fulwholesale", and it seems to be working a treat; I've seen roughly 5 hours on the first charge, with a custom power profile set for CPU throttled to 40% max, and I put it on charge again once Windows 7 gave me a 7% alarm :)

Here is the battery I bought - the exact listing:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251131928865? ... 1439.l2649

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#13 Post by ScottyBoy » Sun May 12, 2013 7:42 am

glossywhite wrote:Hello :)

That was extremely kind of you to post that, but I have now received my shiny new, third-party 9 cell battery from "fulwholesale", and it seems to be working a treat; I've seen roughly 5 hours on the first charge, with a custom power profile set for CPU throttled to 40% max, and I put it on charge again once Windows 7 gave me a 7% alarm :)

Here is the battery I bought - the exact listing:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251131928865? ... 1439.l2649
No probs mate, glad to have been of some assistance to you - good to hear your all sorted out! :D

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#14 Post by glossywhite » Sun May 12, 2013 10:59 am

Thank you so much :D

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