What matters when buying a laptop battery?
October 12, 2011 3:46 PM Subscribe
How can I be sure that I didn't get ripped off with a replacement laptop battery with regards to number of cells, voltages and mAh ratings?
posted by daHIFI to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got an HP8430 with a bad battery that I recently acquired. I tried to order something as powerful as the original OEM one and found an 8 cell, 14.4V, 5200mAh battery online. The vendor shipped me a different model, this one is 11.1v, 5200mAh, and weighs over 3 ounces lighter than the other.
Is the mAh rating the only thing that matters, or should I be concerned that I didn't get what I paid for? This is actually the 2nd battery I've ordered; the first one had a physical defect that prevented it from latching properly and I paid over $20 more for this one because I thought that the cells and voltages mattered.