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Thomas01
28-03-2006, 04:38 PM
HP Pavilion ze4500 laptop. A little heavy and now outdated. But the battery after 3 years use seems to be going down and not holding its charge - certainly no use for more than 1 hour at the best of times. This worries me - batteries in my care generally last for ages (just replaced the Lada car battery after 12 years). Even if I don't use the thing the battery goes flat very quickly. I have a 5 year warranty. Am I justified in thinking this should include the battery? I did expect more than 3 years, or am I being unreasonable? If I have to buy a new one I would appreciate advice about the best value (thats means cheapest price!).
Tom

Graham L
28-03-2006, 04:47 PM
Is it a Lithium-Ion battery, Thomas? They don't last for ever. About two years would be average. I think 3 years would be pretty good for a NiMH, too.

There are companies which will replace the cells in a NiMH battery ... Li-Ion is a bit more difficult, though there might me someone doing it now. You can do NiMH yourself, but they do a neat job. :D