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replacement battery for laptop "generic" or "namebrand"


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#1 curlly62

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 05:57 PM

I have to replace the battery for my Toshiba Satellite P745 laptop. I am trying to decide whether to purchase the generic battery for around $35 OR the official Toshiba battery for around $80. I have never had to replace the battery for a laptop before. Normally, if I have had the laptop for that long, I usually just buy a new laptop. Cannot afford a new laptop right now, so I must buy a battery.

 

If somebody could please share any experience you have with this subject, I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Thank you

 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 06:57 PM

There are people who prefer to purchase from the OEM and others who swear by generics. I purchased a generic battery for my compaq cq and it has been flawless. Maybe i dodged a bullet. I don't know. I made sure I purchased from a seller on ebay that had a 99% plus rating and with a long warranty. Personally, I think most batteries are made in only a few Chinese plants.

 

You can see the pros and cons in this article. The main one is the OEM's have a higher quaility standard. You are more likely to get a bad generic than a bad OEM.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 07:38 PM

I bought a generic battery for my Dell Laptop, and it works fine. Got it through Amazon. Good thing about amazon or ebay is that you can return it if it doesn't work! I guess it's really a matter of choice/and money!



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 09:53 PM

Thank you for replying to my post. I think I will just go with the generic so I can keep saving for a new laptop.  I will be asking for advice about which laptop to purchase when I have saved enough money.  I would like to stay under $400. I know it will be difficult to find one in that price range, so I will definitely need some advice as to what I should purchase. I don't do any serious work on my computer, just your basics - browsing, email, shopping, pay bills, watch movies and play games. I finally have DSL with Century Link, so I would like something with some speed.






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