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Larger, Heavier, Poor Fit, and Unreliable
on June 7, 2010
I purchased two of these batteries to extend the time we might use our two EeePC 1000HE netbooks without a wall outlet. The batteries received are shaped differently, larger, than the batteries supplied with the netbooks. A full-width hump, evidently holding additional cells, sticks roughly a half inch further out the back of the netbook. The batteries also seem slightly heavier than those supplied.
Fit within the netbook's battery compartment is very tight, making the new batteries hard enough to install and virtually impossible to remove. Part of the problem was a serial number label sloppily extending slightly over the mounting mechanism on one side. However, removing that label (supposedly voiding the warranty) and glue did not entirely resolve the problem. To remove the battery, I still had to turn the netbook upside down and tug hard with both hands while my wife held the battery release button. After several fittings, the batteries supplied with the EeePC's seemed to fit a bit more loosely in the battery compartment while the newly purchased batteries remained extremely tight.
Finally, to make matters worse, only one battery actually charged. While one finished charging long before, the other did not fully charge after roughly 20 hours of charge time with the netbook off.
After all that, I obviously decided to return both batteries. I'm now looking for actual ASUS-brand batteries, which is surprisingly difficult since nearly all seem to be selling "compatibles" similar to this battery or those with a much lower mAh rating. This (lack of good additional or replacement batteries) was something I did not anticipate when buying a brand-name netbook.