The battery in my Lenovo laptop has gone bad and I have to replace it. I heard that you can get generic batteries that are a lot cheaper than the name brands, but I’m a little leery about buying one.
I’d like to get your opinion on whether buying a third-party laptop battery is a good idea or not. I don’t want to ruin my laptop!
Rick’s answer: Madeline, my opinion about third-party laptop batteries has actually evolved over the years.
I used to recommend that folks pony up the extra bucks for a genuine OEM battery, but lots of personal experience with generic batteries over the years has led me to change my mind.
I think it’s perfectly fine to buy a generic replacement laptop battery as long as you take a couple of important precautions:
1 – Always choose a replacement battery that meets or exceeds the specifications of the original battery.
2 – Choose a battery that other users are happy about. The easiest way to do that is to search for the battery on Amazon where user reviews are listed right on the item sales pages.
Simply click here to visit Amazon and type the laptop brand and model into the search box along with the word battery.
For example, you’re looking for a new battery for your Lenovo G570 so you would type this into the Amazon search box:
Lenovo G570 battery
You should now see a list of all the available batteries that work in that laptop. Pay attention to the number of reviews each available battery has received as well as the average “Star” rating of those reviews. In both cases, the higher the number, the better.
Bottom line: While there is no guarantee that ANY replacement battery won’t damage your laptop (including one made by your laptop’s manufacturer), the odds are in your favor if you choose a battery that lots of other users have had great luck with.
I hope this helps Madeline. Good luck!
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