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Some bucks saved...

...hopefully. I usually don't shop for stuff from lesser known online stores but this time it seemed at least worth a try.

I need a replacement battery for my tablet PC - an HP TC4200 - which I really would have loved to see run Windows 7... but alas that model isn't quite strong enough AND I didn't have a USB based DVD drive at hand. Sooooo... I used my USB CD drive from an even older tablet PC to install Ubuntu on it. Runs fine except the WiFi isn't working with my network :(

The only thing that's missing from a tablet that's actually useful again: a new battery. Because the one I have only lasts for a few seconds anymore. Dead as a dodo. I searched up and down the internets and couldn't find a regular shop that sells them in Austria. I really would have preferred that since there's such an abundance of different batteries and I wanted to make sure I get the right one right then and there.

My next option was - of course - to order one online. So I again looked for stores in Austria to save on shipping costs... Oh boy... the cheapest offer was for about 110 Euros. For my "just for fun" machine that's a bit steep. But in Germany it's about 50 Euros everywhere I looked (except Amazon of course). Let's see how that works out...



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Feb. 4th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'd go for the lowest price I could find. I bought a new battery for my Acer Aspire Netbook from a small US dealer for around 25 bucks on Ebay. And it holds a charge much longer than the original battery did when it was brand new.
Feb. 5th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
I see... you won't know for a while til you see how long it lasts.. good lux!
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
If you have rare Battery Types you can also have them refurbished (or doing it your own). I once was in need nor a new Battery for a PII Field PG (Siemens) Notbeook. The new one came for around 150 EUR, so I cracked it carefully open, saw that it uses standard 18650 cells. I paid around 35 EUR for 6 new cells. Done.

If you like, tell me the battery pack model and I'll have a look.
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