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Toshiba Laptop - Battery Compatibility

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April 25, 2011 4:36:59 PM

Hi,
I have a problem regarding my laptop battery for which i would like to request some help. The Laptop is Toshiba A100-813. Following are the laptop power charger and battery info:

Charger:

INPUT - 100-240V~ 50-60Hz 1.5 A(1,5A)
OUTPUT - 15V - 5A

Battery:

all it says is DC 10.8V - 4000mAh

Both these units are by Toshiba. Now, few days back i noticed the battery wasn't charging anymore and the laptop shuts down on removing the power connection. Hence, i ordered a new battery for which the specs are:
10.8V - 4400mAh.
The battery charges well but on touching the power connection, it is extremely hot. I hope it wont catch fire or melt the power connection. I guess the difference of the 400mAh is causing the problem but i am not sure. Can someone advise me on how i should proceed.

Thank you.

Aneesh
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April 25, 2011 6:06:12 PM

The mAh is just a capacity rating miliAMPhours. The issue may be from the battery, I'm guessing you got a cheap one from China? If so, you may want to find an official Toshiba one. The 3rd party batteries are a bit of a shot in the dark if you get a good one or not.
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April 29, 2011 1:55:33 AM

So you are saying that using a 4400mAh battery instead of 4000mAh (original) is not the cause of overheating of the power supply?
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April 29, 2011 1:45:59 PM

aneeshkotru said:
So you are saying that using a 4400mAh battery instead of 4000mAh (original) is not the cause of overheating of the power supply?


Correct. It's like staying your car broke down because you got a bigger gas tank.

The cause of the extra heat is probably with the build quality of the battery, you did not say if you got an OEM or a 3rd party one. From what is happping though, I'm 90% certain you got a 30 dollar one off ebay or something. You can try a different charger, if that has the same issue, it's because of the battery, but not due to it's capacity rating.
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May 1, 2011 4:45:14 PM

Ah ok...Thanks a lot for your help. I did get this battery off amazon.ca from a store in Canada called Pwr+. I recently sent it back and i don't think toshiba.ca will have a battery for an old model such as mine. The sad part is that i don't want to buy a new laptop as this is working super fast with the 4gb ram i had put up a while back. I guess ill have to try another store for this battery keeping in mind the correct voltage rather that mAh.
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May 2, 2011 1:29:58 PM

If you want to make sure the battery is OK, and don't mind paying a bit more, check ebay for Toshiba batteries even if Toshiba does not stock them anymore. The risk is when you go to 3rd party China made batteries which cost 1/2 or less that of an OEM one.
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