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November 9, 2006, 12:21 pm
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years (the first had lasted 2 1/2 years), so I ordered another. This charged
to 70% at first and then its maximum charge declined by 3% per day down to
0% over 3 weeks. I returned it and was sent another which charged to 56% and
then did the same 3% per day decline. A third battery was sent which charged
to 80% and first but declined like the others. I sent it back when it was
The battery charging light would go out when the 'capacity' was reached.
The company tested this third battery and say it charged to 90%, 96% and
100% in three consequtive tests and is not therefore faulty. They are
proposing to refund my money anyway.
My question is - does this behaviour reflect a failing charging circuit on
my laptop or is something else going on? The three recent batteries were
from a company that I have not dealt with before and look like chinese
copies. The first replacement (that lasted 2 years) was a MrBattery unit
supplied by the notebook supplier. Should I try and get one of these again
or am I likely to be wasting my money? (a battery costs about 30-50% of the
current value of the machine)...
FWIW the behaviour was the same under Linux and Windows.
Any comments appreciated