As I mentioned yesterday, when you buy an extended battery for your netbook or other device from a third party (in other words, any company beside the one that manufactured your computer), you run the risk of getting a unit that’s won’t really live up to your expectations. But Glogabl-Laptop-Batteries, a reseller of cheap third party batteries says there is hope. Sometimes all you need to do is charge the heck out of your batteries in order to maximize their life.
The company is selling 9 cell MSI Wind batteries, 6 cell Acer Aspire One batteries, as well as several high capacity batteries for the Asus Eee PC 901. At the bottom of each battery page, the store offers a few tips:
- The batteries come discharged, and you should make sure to fully charge them before use.
- After using the battery for the first time, you may need to completely discharge and recharge it several times in order for it to reach full capacity.
- It’s possible that your computer will report that the battery is fully charged after just 10-15 minutes when it’s really not. Just remove the battery for a moment and then try again.
- You may have to fully discharge and recharge the battery every few weeks in order for it to maintain a charge
Honestly, this all sounds a bit shady to me. While I always make sure to fully charge a new battery when I buy a new computer, I’ve never needed to fully discharge and recharge a standard netbook battery, and I’m not quite sure why you’d have to do this with a third party battery either. But I suppose it’s worth following these steps if you think you have a bad battery before trying to return it.