Laptop Batteries for Toshiba Satellite 6

Finding and Using Replacement Laptop Batteries

Batteries degrade over time, especially when they are used to power a device that sees a lot of heavy use and are recharged frequently. Installing a replacement can give you back the long battery life that you had when your device was new.

What Are the Differences Between Different Laptop Batteries?

  • Almost all laptop batteries are lithium ion batteries. Li-ion batteries store a lot of power in a given space, so they are very popular for laptops and other portable devices. Unlike a lot of other battery types they are also rechargeable, so you can keep using the same one for a long time.
  • The main difference between different batteries for a single laptop model like the Satellite 6 is capacity. A higher capacity battery will keep your device powered for longer and need recharging less often. It's very useful if you often use your computer away from electrical outlets.
  • Make sure that your new laptop battery is actually compatible with your device. Similar laptops can have subtly different batteries, but even a small change can stop it from fitting if the contacts don't line up. Compare part numbers if necessary.
  • The size of batteries varies depending on the number of cells that they contain. A six cell battery will last longer than a four cell battery, but it will also be bigger.

OEM or Third-Party?

  • OEM batteries are those made by the original manufacturer. For a Toshiba Satellite laptop, that would be Toshiba. The advantage of an OEM part is that it is identical to the original one that you are replacing, so it should be perfectly compatible and work in exactly the same way. These can be unused or they can be refurbished.
  • Third-party batteries are made by other manufacturers. You may have to be more careful about checking them for compatibility, but they can sometimes have features that the original model doesn't have.

How Do I Make My New Battery Last For a Long Time?

  • Store your batteries at around room temperature as temperatures that are too high or too low can damage them. They aren't really designed for long-term storage, but if you do want to store one for a long time, leaving it partly charged to around 40 per cent will help to preserve its capacity.
  • When using your computer, it is good to allow the battery to discharge only partially. Lithium ion batteries don't have a memory effect like some other types, so it's fine to only recharge partway. However, you should never let a lithium ion battery discharge fully, as they then can't be recharged except by special chargers.
  • Lithium ion batteries aren't as volatile as lithium metal batteries, but that doesn't make them totally safe. The same high energy density that makes them so useful also makes them very volatile if mishandled. Avoid exposing them to high temperatures and only recharge them using a charger with the right safety features. If your battery appears to be bulging, dispose of it safely.