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Laptop battery replacement: worrywart edition

I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z470, and the battery is pretty shot. I've been unable to find a replacement battery for this model through Lenovo's own site. I also can't seem to find an exact match for the one I have through third party selling. Current battery: labeled Li-ion 20, model # L09S6Y02. Closest match I found online, which claims that it's compatible with my laptop (but I could find no actual evidence): Li-ion 00, model #L08S6Y02. Put my mind at ease, Mefites: is this new battery compatible with my laptop? (And if I should return it, where should I get a battery, because searching Amazon for this kind of thing has been annoying.)
posted by TwoStride on Apr 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Where can I buy a Lenovo X220-compatible charger in DC today?

Right now I'm at the airport, waiting to fly into DC, and just realized I forgot my charger. I'll see what I can pick up at my layover, but I would like to a) not fry my laptop and b) continue to use my laptop. I would like to buy the charger after checking into my hotel. I will not have a car. Relevant facts: 1) The X220 is the small Lenovo Thinkpad (not touchscreen.) 2) Staying in Dupont Circle 3) No car
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Feb 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Dell Vostro 1400: Battery not being recognized. Possible culprits?

Is it even possible to replace the component that will allow my battery to be recognized again? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jun 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Why is my laptop now choosy about sockets and what do I do about it?

My Acer 5742 has become choosy about which plug sockets it will charge from. Why? Do I need a new battery? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Laptop / Netbook that runs cool and has long battery life

Interested in a Netbook or lower power laptop that runs cool (doesn't require external cooling like this) and has long (6-8 hour) battery life. Would like to run Windows 7 so Chromebook is not a good candidate for me. And of course want to come in around $200. I know there a lot of candidates here but would really appreciate user's real life experience. Thanks.
posted by gilast on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me; help my battery

Laptop battery filter: My Lenovo SL510 wasn't charging my battery, and I foolishly assumed it was the battery's problem and bought a new one. But the new one wouldn't charge either. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jun 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Planned laptop obsolescence?

I am really wary about buying a laptop with a non-user-replaceable battery. Opinions on this? How painful/possible is it to get such batteries replaced when they fail? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Oct 6, 2011 - 14 answers

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Laptop battery troubles

Follow up to previous question....4yo Dell Inspiron laptop suddenly giving me the old "Plugged in but not charging" routine. Froze the battery for a day but no luck. So I bought a nice new one from Amazon that charged right up and worked for a week. No this one is giving me the same message. Any ideas? Or a place to turn to troubleshoot things? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mikedelic on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one?

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Is my MacBook battery a ripoff?

Is this laptop battery a ripoff, and how can I be sure? I bought a third party battery for my Macbook. It looks like the original 45Wh battery, but Coconut Battery (and the appropriate ioreg command) report the 'design capacity' as lower than it should be. [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Apr 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Are battery chargers on ebay a safe replacement for conked out laptop battery?

Laptop Battery conked out. Safe to buy on ebay? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Nov 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Laptop battery I just received is higher voltage, is that OK?

The replacement laptop battery I just received is listed as 14.8v while the one I use is listed as 11.1v. Both are 5200mah. Can I use this new battery without harming my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Runcible Spoon on Apr 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Need a really big laptop battery!

How can I get a really really big rechargable "laptop battery"? Thinking 12-24 hours worth of charge on a laptop that can drain a high-cap battery in 1 - 1.5 hours. [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Why does my Macbook battery only last half as long now, but is still at 97% health?

Why does my Macbook battery only last half as long now, but is still at 97% health? [more inside]
posted by snailparade on Jan 8, 2010 - 14 answers

BitLocker and the battery NomNoms

How much will BitLocker eat my battery? [more inside]
posted by @homer on Aug 31, 2009 - 3 answers

MBP with unrecognized battery

Aging MacBook Pro not recognizing its battery. Not under warranty. Is resetting the PMU my next step? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 6, 2009 - 12 answers

WAH!

My HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop works fine...except for one little battery related thing. [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Apr 11, 2009 - 4 answers

My computer is having some difficulties.

Is my iBook G4 dying? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus on Apr 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me understand Li-ion laptop batteries.

I'm about to purchase an aftermarket Li-ion laptop battery on eBay. However, I'm quite confused about the differences in specs for mAh and number of battery cells. Which is more important and how are they related? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Battery For Aging Laptop: OEM or 3rd Party?

Battery For Aging Laptop: OEM or 3rd Party? I need a new battery for my four year old Mac powerbook (old one discharges within 60 mins). Like the original, it lost its endurance after 2 years and currently discharges after 60 mins of use. There are few OEM batteries still around for this thing (though I did find one on eBay). But it occurs to me that while no Apple battery could possibly be fresh at this point, the 3rd party replacement ones MIGHT be more recently made. Though I'd usually hesitate to go with a 3rd party manufacturer on something like this. Any advice? FWIW, it's a Powerbook G4 15", and battery is A1045/A1078/A1148
posted by jimmyjimjim on Feb 9, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I find out which battery is compatible with my laptop? (Toshiba Satellite L300-1A8)

How do I find out which battery is compatible with my laptop? (Toshiba Satellite L300-1A8) [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Someday computers will run on rainbows

Are there ever any other reputable vendors for laptop batteries other than the laptop manufacturer? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Dec 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Great big doorstop. FAIL.

Backing up an HP laptop for the ignorant. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Dec 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me figure out this strange laptop battery behavior.

Help me figure out this strange laptop battery behavior. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Nov 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Should I get a new battery or a new laptop?

Should I buy a new laptop battery or a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Nov 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Four Years of Dedicated Service

Powerbook G4 (hardware?) woes, followed by death of battery LEDs. [more inside]
posted by Monstrous Moonshine on Nov 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me avoid laptop death!

My computer is flaking out on me (perhaps due to my NVIDIA driver?). I can't get it to a tech support place until Thanksgiving! Help! [more inside]
posted by karyotypical on Oct 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Battery takes charge, but won't work!@#$

Dell battery may be dead, or maybe it's software. I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by yazi on Sep 19, 2008 - 8 answers

What's mah mAH?

I need to buy a new battery for my Dell Inspiron 6000, and I've found two options: A and B. Obviously A is more expensive, but it has a higher mAH. I by default prefer the longest battery life possible, but I also don't know jack about laptop batteries. Searching the google has given me only whiffs and bits of information. Tell me hive, is 8000mAH better than 6600mAH enough to warrant $20 more? What can I expect from each, very roughly, in terms of hours of continuous use between charges? Also, feel free to inform me that A and/or B are terrible sites I should not buy from.
posted by ictow on Jul 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Vaio gives "system timer error"

My laptop gives a "system timer error" and so I probably need some guidance in replacing my laptop's CMOS battery [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jun 3, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I buy the right laptop battery when all the sites tell me I need something different?

Help my buy a new laptop battery! [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on May 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Is my off-brand laptop battery toast?

My new off-brand laptop battery (Dell Latitude X1) suddenly stopped working after about three weeks of use. The BIOS says "The system could not communicate with this battery," and Windows says "No battery detected." Is there anything I can do besides shell out for an OEM battery? Is there any way to reset the internal electronics in the battery itself? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Apr 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Life is such a drain.

My laptop battery drains even when the computer is turned off. [more inside]
posted by oddman on Dec 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Mysterious battery light behaviour...

My girlfriend has a Dell Inspiron, and the battery light won't stop flashing. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 9, 2007 - 16 answers

The Cat Who Walked on Keyboards

Did my cat fry my laptop battery? Either way, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Nov 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Cheap low-power laptop?

Help point me towards the best laptop for taking into the backcountry... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Nov 13, 2007 - 2 answers

Peddle to the [lithium] metal

Where to buy a laptop battery? [more inside]
posted by trim17 on Oct 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Brand New Ibook Battery Won't Charge

My new off-brand battery for my ibook G4 won't charge past 49%. Help! [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Sep 27, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I get my laptop to tell me how much charge it really has?

My laptop tells me that my battery is Critical, then it lasts for a further half hour! What is going on? [more inside]
posted by cholly on Jun 7, 2007 - 8 answers

HP laptop battery issues...

Help me diagnose my laptop battery problems... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on May 28, 2007 - 10 answers

How to remove broken power adapter stem from inside laptop?

The tip (inside stem) of my power adapter broke off in my wife's computer (White iBook G4). Thus, its unable to recharge. How do I get it out? What are these parts called so I can look it up at an appropriate place? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Apr 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Lenovo battery failure: a cruel April Fools joke?

The battery in my IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Z60t went out of warranty 4/29/07. When I woke up today, the machine says "Irreparable damage to the battery has been detected. Replace the battery with a new one." Is it really damaged? Could it be a broken sensor? Some kind of software glitch? Is this typical? Is there a better alternative to the $159 replacement?
posted by fourstar on Apr 1, 2007 - 15 answers

How much exactly will using my laptop on AC destroy my battery?

How much exactly will using my laptop on AC destroy my battery? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon on Nov 25, 2006 - 15 answers

How can I save my laptop?

I spilt Top Ramen on my laptop - is it gone for good? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Nov 17, 2006 - 6 answers

Power adapter, battery, wall socket?

Help me understand/explain anomalous laptop power adapter and/or battery behaviour. Why would it be dead, then fine? Why would the system crash when it should hibernate? [more inside]
posted by tiamat on Oct 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Thinkpad battery won't charge fully

Why won't my Thinkpad battery charge fully when it's plugged into the wall? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Oct 24, 2006 - 10 answers

Why oh why won't my laptop behave?

My laptop isn't getting along with it's power supply. I thought it was the power supply, but apparently not. Help please! [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack on Oct 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Does anyone read these anyway?

Probablynotfilter: Is there a way I can keep usb on during standby mode on my laptop, so I can charge my mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Sep 27, 2006 - 9 answers

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