So What Kind Of Dell Laptop Battery Do I Get?

There are many things to decide when choosing what kind of Dell laptop battery that you want and also where to get it.

Like everything else, you have to say to yourself...

  • "What will I be using my laptop for?"
  • "How much time will you be using your Dell laptop away from an outlet?"
  • The way the Dell site is basically set up is you have a choice between a 6-cell and a 9-cell battery.

    Despite how the numbers might suggest, if you decide to go for the 9-cell you will get double the battery life as the 6-cell.

    It is impossible to tell you exactly how long your battery will last. It always varies on what you are doing with your laptop.

    Watching a movie will such out much more battery life then playing solitaire. But if you want rough estimates then you can expect about two and a half hours on the 6-cell and around five hours on the 9-cell.

    The next question you have to ask yourself about your Dell laptop battery is whether or not you should get a primary battery or additional battery.

    Laptop Battery

    In the above example, it seems to make perfect sense to spend $129 for a 6-cell and a 9-cell as opposed to spending $99 for just a 9-cell. And I would have to agree with this. But only if you really feel you need to have a 6-cell and a 9-cell.

    The thing that most people do not know about laptop batteries is that they run out of juice whether you use them or not. So think about that when you plan on getting one just to stick it in the closet for a couple years until your other one dies.

    So where do I get a Dell laptop battery?

    Certainly, your safest and most reliable bet would be to get it from Dell. That way you are protected by your warranty if something terrible happens to it. However, there are always other options out there.

    There are many places that sell laptop batteries. And you might be able to find a site that sells them for a few dollars less. But you are much better off spending the extra five dollars or so to get it directly from Dell.

    If you do want an alternative then I recommend eBay. You can get a new Dell battery for a much better price, provided that you want to take the risk of someone selling you a bad battery.

    The amount of discount that you get from eBay is certainly worth the risk. Just make sure that you are buying from seller's with high feedback ratings!

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