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Discussion in 'Computers & IT' started by Deviatorz, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Deviatorz

    Deviatorz New Member
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    Is it safe to use the generic Li-Ion batteries for smart phones? If it is Li-Ion will it explode or will the firmware on the battery prevent it from exploding? I don't mind if the battery dies within a month, as long as it doesn't explode upon heavy draining. If there is a chance of it exploding, is there a way that I can test it out before putting it into my phone? Example is leaving it in the charger for long excessive periods. I'm am thinking about buying a extra battery for the Galaxy i9000. The reviews to the battery seem to be ok but you never know.
     

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  2. johnlgalt

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    FWIW, I bought a couple of spare batteries for my phone (used) on eBay. They seem ot have worked perfectly fine, been using them for several months, in a round-robin swap out, and no ill effects here at all.

    I am not sure about 3rd party batteries, but I *can* say that a lot of fake / bogus / sub-par stuff has been sold online recently, particularly fake 32 GB MicroSDHCs and other stuff - so be careful what you buy and where you buy it *AND* who you buy it from.
     
  3. Deviatorz

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    Hmm ok. I don't mind having a bad quality battery so long as it doesn't blow up lol. The batteries online such as ebay are around $4 shipped ([​IMG]example here). It's not expensive at all but I mean again, don't want it to ruin my $500 phone. Did you say you bought used batteries off ebay? Aren't the battery life on those horrible? Are they used OEM or used generic ones?
     
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    Sorry, wasn't eBay, went back and looked - was Amazon.

    I got 2 batteries and a battery charger all for under $20, IIRC...
     
  5. Deviatorz

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    Ok and I'm guessing it's the generic ones and not OEM?
     
  6. ArthurIhde

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    i dont like ebay [​IMG]
     
  7. mikedt

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    Hmmmm... Ebay and this battery comes from Shenzhen, China. I certainly wouldn't trust it in an expensive phone.

    Anyway don't some phone manufacturers take steps to prevent these generic third-party batteries from been used their devices? e.g. chips in the battery. In a similar way that printer manufacturers are using chipped ink cartridges, to prevent the use of cheaper third-party ink cartridges.
     
  8. tamivroma

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    I bought 2 extra batteries and a wall charger from Amazon. They charge ok, don't seem to hurt phone but the life isn't near what I have on the original. Works when camping though to have a charged battery at night so kids can reach me--otherwise phone has to be in truck to charge. (Camping w/ horses = no electric sites)
     

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