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#736453 - 24th Oct 2012 12:19pm Advice Please - Laptop Battery
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My laptop's battery light is indicating that the battery is very low. I took it out yesterday and then put it back in and it showed it was then charging. However, today it is again indicating low charge in battery.

Am I going to need to replace the battery?

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#736484 - 24th Oct 2012 1:48pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Chances are yes,mine went, got one of e-bay brand spanking new,
cost about £15 if not mistaken about 12 months ago.

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#736781 - 25th Oct 2012 1:49am Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: stanb]
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Searched the internet for a new battery - none to be found. Have e-mailed the manufacturer. The laptop/notebook is only four years old.

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#737560 - 27th Oct 2012 7:39pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Apparently there are no batteries in the EU for my laptop. Both battery and laptop manufacturers are trying to flog me a battery that they say is a replacement but it doesn't have the same exact shape as the current one, so I cannot see how it will fit! I have sent them photographs of the current battery but no reply as yet.

Is the life of a laptop only expected to be four years or less? I am peeved.

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#737851 - 28th Oct 2012 2:23pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Forgive me if I am stating the obvious - have you done a search on Ebay using the make and model of your laptop?
If that brings back no result then they maybe right?
If it bring back a result then buy it!!!
Win win result smile

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#737854 - 28th Oct 2012 2:50pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Much time has been spent searching the internet. Did you know there was a company in the US that replaces the li-ion inside these batteries. Not only that, the variations of type, size, power and shape of laptop batteries is hugely vast - which leads me to suspect I wont be the only one with a four year old laptop and no new battery available. Doesn't say much for hardware designers really. (Same goes for printer ink cartridges.)

If no suitable battery is available then this machine is no longer a laptop. There was no warning that batteries would be unavailable after +/- four years.

I will press on.

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#737890 - 28th Oct 2012 5:15pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Its pretty much the circle of life for a laptop to end up being constantly plugged in.

You will get the best out of any battery for about 1 year then its down hill all the way.

I'm on a 8hr Battery Net Book when New 2yrs ago.
Now i can do about 1hr 1/2

Its just how it works out.

I suspect unless you find a Banded laptop Battery your going to be throwing good money away, as UnBranded once can loose that MAX LIFE pretty quick with in months.

Normally a Branded Battery from the Manufacture would set you back the best part of £70.

One Solution ?
Invest in a Nice Extension Cable to Reach Across the Living Room to your Favorite Chair. Probably cost you about £6 wink

Its just the Circle of Life i'm afraid.
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#738020 - 28th Oct 2012 8:53pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Mark]
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Not good enough though is it.

We used to have our tellies for years on end and even bought second-hand ones which lasted at least another five years. The washing machines used to last 10-15 years being used every day.

Now electricals seem to have a pathetic life length at ridiculous prices. I protest (even if nobody is listening!).

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#738181 - 29th Oct 2012 1:13pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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whats the make and model number?

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#738183 - 29th Oct 2012 1:40pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: lau2908]
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Medion Akoya MD96480

Battery Part No: 441814600019

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#738185 - 29th Oct 2012 1:45pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Just to update. Email received from Medion - cannot help. Email received from ipc-computer.eu

'we are so sorry, but your old battery is a model from mitac 8050 - this battery is end of life / end of service. We can´t offer this no more.

Sorry for the circumsances.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen / best regards'


The lesson I have learned is to purchase the cheapest notebook/laptop or at time of purchase get spare batteries!

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#738219 - 29th Oct 2012 4:06pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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just take the battery out and keep it plugged in, that's what i do with my laptop, saves weight and also it's pointless having the battery in if its just going to give you warning messages

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#738380 - 29th Oct 2012 8:49pm Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: j_demo]
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I took the battery out and it is on the mains - that flashing red light was like a red rag to a bull.

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#738515 - 30th Oct 2012 11:34am Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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Further research regarding the Mitac seems to be throwing up batteries which appear to be identical but measurements of exterior have so far differed. Still plodding.

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#738790 - 31st Oct 2012 1:50am Re: Advice Please - Laptop Battery [Re: Moonstar]
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-Hope you dont mind if I tag onto your thread Moonstar -but it seems an appropriate place. Would I be right in thinking that it preserves the battery best if you only use your laptop on the battery if you really need to , and stay on mains when you dont? And once youve started using it for a session on battery, is it better to continue using it till its nearly run out before charging it again?


Edited by venice (31st Oct 2012 1:52am)

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