Replacing your Laptop Battery

Ever wondered why your laptop won’t hold charge any more? Well, wonder no more; probably the battery has depleted its useful life or is spoiled and needs replacement. That said, before you rush to the manufacture’s website or your nearest electronics shop, there are a few factors you have to consider. The first thing you want to do is to obtain the model number of your laptop battery. Most likely, using a battery that is not compatible with your laptop can either damage the computer permanently or the laptop may not power up. Usually this number is written on the back of the battery you intend to replace. Alternatively, you could check it at the manufacture’s website directly.

Most laptops batteries have varied capacity and life span.  Now that you are getting a new battery, you might want to check if you could get something that lasts longer or retains power for an extended period. Generally, you’ll find such information on the manufacturers website. Once you have decided the make or model of laptop battery you intend to buy, the next step is finding out how much it costs. Usually, this information can easily be accessed at the manufacturer’s website. The idea is to note down the manufacturer’s price range so you can compare it with what individual electronics shops are offering. Overall, you should expect to pay more if you settle to buy from the manufactures and less if you buy from say an independent electronics shop.

Generally, window-shopping before buying is a sound move that could get you to a good deal.  Using a piece of paper, you could write down offers from different shops and compare. Generally, if you find that the prices are almost similar to what the manufacturers are offering, a safer bet is to go for the manufacturers. Overall, manufacturers are likely to offer a better quality laptop battery. After comparing different offers, you should be able to select the best deal in your list.

The last thing you have to consider is safety. Do not set yourself up to be burned, there are swindlers out there and they will burn you if you are not careful.  If a deal is too sweet, you need to thing twice, no retailer worth their salt will sell way too lower than what the manufacturers are offering.  If you find some ridiculously low prices from a particular retail, chances are that the product is substandard. Also, try to use a payment system such as PayPal or Moneybookers where you do not have to reveal your details. Identity theft is real and it can happen to anyone who is not careful enough.

So there you have it, a novice’s guide to buying your laptop a new battery. So once again, here are the key pointers to consider. First, know your battery model; try to go for something better than what you used to have; window shop from different shops and lastly keep things safe. You do not want to loose money or have your identity stolen just because you were not careful enough.

Disposing Used Laptop Batteries

Ever wondered what to do with your used-up laptop battery? Or whether laptop batteries could be disposed off as other regular batteries?  These and other questions relating to disposing off used laptop batteries are some of the Frequently Asked Questions on laptop manufacturers’ websites. Government sanctioned research has revealed most laptop batteries are safe while others may contain toxic material. Laptop batteries containing toxic material are disposed with procedures stipulated by environmental regulation agencies in respective countries. Most laptop users just throw away the batteries once they are no longer functional instead of following laid down procedures for disposing electronic waste.  E-waste accounts for 30 percent of world’s toxic waste materials that poison the soil. Heavy metals from batteries have the potential to leach slowly into the soil and cause long-term environmental damage.

It is important to dispose off used batteries properly especially the ones that may contain toxic materials. Some State laws prohibit throwing away used up batteries with other trash. This may expose other people to dangers that may lead to cancer and other infections due to exposure to toxic substances. Before disposing off used battery, it is advisable to identify the specific type of battery and its constituent materials. Most often, this information is printed on the back of the laptop battery.

Some of the commonly used substances in the manufacture of laptop batteries include lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride and nickel cadmium. These substances intoxicate the environment when inappropriately disposed; nickel-cadmium has been linked to dermatitis, an infection that causes skin inflammation. Decomposing nickel-cadmium batteries discharge cadmium an extremely toxic metal that causes acute cadmium poisoning. Federal and State agencies have set up toll free help lines that laptop owners can call to locate areas where they would safely dispose off their laptop batteries. All what they need to do is enter their zip code into the webpage and a corresponding disposal site is availed via a map response. Once a laptop owner has located the specific disposal location, he or she is required to avail the battery to an employee of the disposal site who carries on with the proper disposal procedure.

This is the safest way to recycle any type of used laptop batteries whether hazardous or not. Laptop users are safe as long as they follow these guidelines. Additionally, it is prudent for the users to follow the instructions that are usually printed on the batteries.

These instructions are usually inform of warnings given to ensure safety of those who use the batteries. Some of these warnings include prohibition to simply throw away the batteries in the garbage and disassembling battery packs. The energy found in a single laptop battery is the same as the energy found in a hand grenade. It is therefore strictly advisable to refrain from inappropriate handling of laptop batteries. You can dispose off your used batteries safely in order to ensure they get recycled. This is not just a way of getting rid of junk, but you also get to keep the environment safe and clean for children.