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- Re: Voltage of batteries
- Dave Martindale
August 21, 2007, 10:06 pm
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It is possible that this model of laptop was originally sold with the
NiMH battery pack, then later with the LiIon one. It's even possible
that the LiIon came first, but there were some problems so the
manufacturer switched back to NiMH. Although both batteries may
physically fit, the power converter and charger circuitry in the laptop
is probably designed for just one of these battery types. (Making
a circuit that will run the laptop from either 9.6 V or 14.4 V or 19 V
(the AC adapter) isn't difficult, but NiMH and LiIon chargers behave
So you may have to replace NiMH with NiMH, LiIon with LiIon, if the
laptop isn't designed to handle both.
Was your laptop designed to charge the higher-voltage Packard Bell
LiIon battery? If not, you can't expect an aftermarket battery to
charge either. And if you can't get the answer to this question, using
the same type of replacement battery is the safest bet.
Re: Voltage of batteries
As a matter of fact, I'm now more confused than before, but that's
The biggest problem here is PB, whose support is really disappointing.
The fact is that I wouldn't want to spend 130 euros for a NiMh battery
which lasts less than one hour, as the one I have now did in its
BTW, the original battery I'm still using works correctly, it can be
charged, but it's simply old and doesn't last more than 15 minutes...
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