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Old 12-15-05, 03:20 PM
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OK to use generic batteries with Dell notebooks?

I have a 8500 Inspiron with a bad battery. Dell has replacement batteries for about $170, which is way to high. I see generic ones on eBay for about $60-70...are there any issues with generic batteries and Dell notebooks? Nothing I should be worried about right?
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Old 12-15-05, 03:22 PM
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Oh yeah...and how about refurbished Dell brand notebook batteries?
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Old 12-15-05, 03:38 PM
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A lot of people use them with no problems. But around a year ago there were stories of exploding cell phones and the culprit was cheapo batteries people bought off ebay.

If you buy a good battery than chances are it's the same thing as Dell's, but without the Dell logo. Worst case is it makes your notebook explode and voids your warranty.
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Old 12-15-05, 03:44 PM
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Worst case is it makes your notebook explode and voids your warranty.
Has Dell been known to not honor the warranty in cases of explosion?
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if they find out it was caused by a third party battery, than they might void it
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Old 12-16-05, 12:24 PM
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it is actually probably safer to use a generic one over a dell one

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06056.html


This is Dells 2nd LARGE recall in about 3 years for the same problem. I would look for a reputable brand name and not just buy a generic white lable no name battery. Once you have a brand you should be able to google it and find reviews.
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