Cheap Batteries Cause Fires

Batteries are one of the most common parts we see failing in laptops.  They’re a part that wears out, just like your car battery.  The problem is name-brand ones are expensive.  You can save 90% or more by buying generic.  Don’t.

Although the news is full of examples of minor fires or personal injuries, few top this story.  A cheap battery from Amazon destroys a house.  We’ve seen permanent damage to laptops from counterfeit batteries, but nothing like this.

It’s just not worth skimping on a battery.  That’s one reason why we usually recommend replacing a laptop after a few years.  With new laptops costing around $400 and replacement batteries around $100, it’s often better to get a new laptop with a new battery and a new warranty.

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