Computer is Dell Inspiron 1526, about 3 years old and battery is not under warranty anymore. Usually runs on AC anyhow, light use. Luckily the gifter bought extended warranty, so I spoke to "Raj" and was told that Dell will replace motherboard and AC adapter (and I don't have to pay), but I need to buy new battery...or we may not realize the full long-term benefit of this hardware repair. He said if I don't replace battery and continue to use this one after fix, it may somehow mess up the new hardware (?)(!) and cause it to malfunction again soon. That's the best I understood it.
OEM Dell battery is $135 for 6-cell. OUCH!
Anybody have experience replacing laptop batteries with non-OEM ones? What are the risks?
- Half the price
- Possibly could be same manufacturer as OEM battery, but equally likely is not same manufacturer
- Same lifetime?
- Is it a roulette game; sometimes you get a good non-OEM, sometimes a lemon?