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Old 03-21-2018, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Like Mr. Lee, I think laptops are easy to work with. But I just keep my phone handy and take a picture right before each step, so I can back up if I need to.

Laptops are good, because they are designed so that anyone at all can replace or upgrade the battery, optical drive, and even the RAM chips. Probably all you'll need is a screwdriver.
However,
Laptops are bad, because the internal parts that you can replace are MUCH more proprietary (read hard to find and more expensive, than parts that go in desktop computers). Be very sure of the compatibility before you attempt to change internal parts.

Also have a Can-o-Air handy, to blow dust off all the internal parts you expose, as long as it's open - it's just good maintenance.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Laptop batteries are usually just a bunch of 18650 cells wired together in a plastic casing. Even though all the other cells are still good, one bad cell can render the battery pack useless.

The problem with these non-oem batteries from ebay or amazon are that you don't know where they sourced their cells from. Likely from factories with little QC judging from the prices of these battery packs. I've opened up a few OEM battery packs and every one of them had cells labeled from major brands - LG, Samsung, Panasonic.

I think what happens with refurbs is the company removing all the cells and identifying which cells are bad and replacing them with new ones.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I always buy Ebay batteries. I'm not paying $140 because it says Dell on the outside.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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I'm not saying it's a bad idea to buy them since I'll likely buy one myself for my laptop but just know the tradeoff by going non-oem.
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Old 03-28-2018, 01:25 PM
 
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Amazon listing for new batteries sorted by lowest to highest price

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_p...price-asc-rank

Not all are for Dell (the second one is HP) which is not unusual when searching Amazon.

Look for one that is "Fulfilled by Amazon" for easier return if needed.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Every laptop I've ever had has a battery bay on the back, it's usually secured with a slide or latch you open it and lift the battery out and put the new one in. I'm not familiar with any that require actual disassembly to replace a battery.
Most now have no latches and no doors, it's all take-apart. Take a walk into a store and flip them over.
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Most now have no latches and no doors, it's all take-apart. Take a walk into a store and flip them over.
I don't doubt you, the last laptop that I bought was about 4 years ago and it had a slide open battery bay, I wonder why they changed it unless it's to encourage people to toss the laptop when the battery goes bad?
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I don't doubt you, the last laptop that I bought was about 4 years ago and it had a slide open battery bay, I wonder why they changed it unless it's to encourage people to toss the laptop when the battery goes bad?
Bingo. And it's everything and not just the battery.

Ordered this for $800 so I wouldn't have to worry about upgrades for awhile.
https://www.costco.com/Lenovo-LEGION...100347159.html
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:10 PM
 
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Luckily the battery isn't behind the "security vault" on my wife's laptop, but I'd wager it's only a matter of time.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/50484603-post18.html
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:04 AM
 
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Ordered through ebay last time and paid a huge premium for it because seller had perfect reviews. Battery worked for a while but now i need replacing.


Dell does not sell this dell xp 15 9550 battery. So i assume i have to use ebay again? Also saw amazon has sellers of battery as well but for some reason, doesn't have great reviews.
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