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How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-29, 21:01 PM

I bought an 8-cell battery for my x61s from what I thought was a reputable seller on Amazon. Now I am not 100% sure, as the data in the Lenovo Power software doesn't match what's on the box label or the battery itself. The battery & software seem to agree with each other except the software says the serial number is "175."  Hmm

Is there somebody I can find to verify legitimacy?

 

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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-29, 21:37 PM
It is Sony celled, does the serial no. on the Thinkvantage Power Manager matches up with the serial no. posted on the battery itself?
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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-29, 22:21 PM

All the ThinkVantage software says is serial number "175".

Of course I just put in my original battery that came straight from Lenovo, and it only says "441". I would have thought that serial numbers are longer. There is no place that lists a serial number on either battery. Just a barcode.

The software lists the second half of the barcode and a date of manufacture of 2010-07-28, which matches the 2010-07 in the corner of the  barcode sticker.

The full barcode (as seen in the picture) is 11S92P1174Z1ZH5X07W05F, while the software reports 1ZH5X07W05F (as seen in the screenshot).

Everything between the battery and software matches, but why not the box?

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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-29, 22:25 PM
who knows they might have boxed it wrong, as the barcode no. matches then it should be okay. If you feel that someone is ripping you off, you can always get a refund from Amazon.
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2011-03-29, 22:33 PM

Yeah it's just that I'm leaving the country tomorrow. Hehe.

I really wanted to be 100% sure as counterfitters are really sophisticated now a days! Especially things like laptop batteries, flash memory, even Intel processors.

If there's a way for a Lenovo employee to verify the info with their database or even an online tool I think that would be very helpful for consumers.

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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-29, 23:13 PM

I've actually come up with my own hypothesis. The discrepancy between the box and the battery is real simple. The box actually has TWO parts in it: the battery itself and a small plastic adapter to have it fit my particular computer. The part number on the box contains both. The part number on the battery is just the battery itself (if you search the web it comes up with Lenovo parts warehouses while the box part comes up with more tradional retailers like Lenovo itself). I guess the combination of the two parts have their own serial and barcode.

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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-30, 1:23 AM

I would say you're right.  If that was a re-celled  battery, power manager would show two manufacturing dates and it only shows one.  The serial number matches and everything matches to the battery so I would say that you have a brand new battery from Lenovo.


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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-30, 2:14 AM

I don't quite understand the whole premise of the question. Are you asking if the battery is Lenovo OEM or if it is 'aftermarket'. Aftermarket isn't illegitimate per se, it's just 'aftermarket'. Not to say that an OEM Lenovo battery isn't superior, but if the aftermarket battery works, holds a reasonable charge, etc. it is still 'legit.'

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Re: How to tell if a purchased battery is legit?

2011-03-30, 3:16 AM

No that is not what I am asking. I wanted to know if it's a knockoff or counterfeit, meaning it says Lenovo or IBM on it but was not actually manufactured by them. Perhaps I should have been more clear. I don't want to buy a battery and have it fail on me two weeks later and discover there is no warranty.

 

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