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Getting a Replacement Power Supply for an Old Laptop

Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:44 am

I have an old laptop that kept restarting on me. Did a bit of troubleshooting (both hardware and software) and I eventually came to the conclusion that it's the power brick that's at fault.

I'm thinking of replacing it and mulling over some options:

    * trawl stores (SimLim?) and hopefully, find a store that will sell me a good one for a reasonable price
    * go to a dealer to order...which in turn, they will order somewhere, take two-four weeks and charge me short of 1/2 the price of the old laptop when it was new. Ok; maybe not.
    * order one online, probably ebay or some website where I have to register as a new user and wait for SlowPost to deliver to me.


Just throwing around some ideas here. Not really urgent but I would like to be able to get a new power brick for not much money and preferably right away so I can have my glorified internet radio/TV back up and running again.

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Re: Getting a Replacement Power Supply for an Old Laptop

Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:48 am

nakatago wrote:I have an old laptop that kept restarting on me. Did a bit of troubleshooting (both hardware and software) and I eventually came to the conclusion that it's the power brick that's at fault.

I'm thinking of replacing it and mulling over some options:

    * trawl stores (SimLim?) and hopefully, find a store that will sell me a good one for a reasonable price
    * go to a dealer to order...which in turn, they will order somewhere, take two-four weeks and charge me short of 1/2 the price of the old laptop when it was new. Ok; maybe not.
    * order one online, probably ebay or some website where I have to register as a new user and wait for SlowPost to deliver to me.

Just throwing around some ideas here. Not really urgent but I would like to be able to get a new power brick for not much money and preferably right away so I can have my glorified internet radio/TV back up and running again.


There's a second hand laptop parts plus in Peninsular Plaza - Coleman Road- PC Hub is the name. He has thousands of these and all sorts of other spares. Cheap too.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:23 pm

I order from eBay shipped from HK (China made like the originals). In fact, I just took deliver of a new 9-cell battery for my Dell Studio 15 to replace/add to the travel capacity of the 6-cell that has memory problems (less than an hour running time) on battery. I've also used them for my old Inspiron and my dopod and several phones. Cost is dramatically cheaper and I've never had any problems.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 1:32 pm

Hmmm...I found the following: http://www.battery.com.sg Unicell. Anyone heard of 'em? I found I think only one mention of em...in HWZ, IIRC.

They have a showroom in Sim Lim (egads!) and called them up. A compatible brick would cost me 19 bucks. I can just mozy along to their store to pick one up.

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 4:00 pm

nakatago wrote:Hmmm...I found the following: http://www.battery.com.sg Unicell. Anyone heard of 'em? I found I think only one mention of em...in HWZ, IIRC.

They have a showroom in Sim Lim (egads!) and called them up. A compatible brick would cost me 19 bucks. I can just mozy along to their store to pick one up.


if the Unicell guys don't do it .. walk to the outer corridors of 3rd floor and 4th floor -the shops can make one for you ... :) as long as you give them the power rating and show the connector - recently I got one done for a Philippine only version of MSi !!!

btw, what brand is your laptop ??

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 4:07 pm

ecureilx wrote:
nakatago wrote:Hmmm...I found the following: http://www.battery.com.sg Unicell. Anyone heard of 'em? I found I think only one mention of em...in HWZ, IIRC.

They have a showroom in Sim Lim (egads!) and called them up. A compatible brick would cost me 19 bucks. I can just mozy along to their store to pick one up.


if the Unicell guys don't do it .. walk to the outer corridors of 3rd floor and 4th floor -the shops can make one for you ... :) as long as you give them the power rating and show the connector - recently I got one done for a Philippine only version of MSi !!!

btw, what brand is your laptop ??


Acer. You have one lying around?

Eh, I don't want to risk a Jerry-rigged power supply at this point (otherwise, I would have done the rigging myself). Like I said, I called them up. I was told they have several compatible types in stock.

If they manage to run out before I get to make a run there, I'll just bear with the why-does-it-take-2-weeks-to-ship-if-you're-only-shipping-from-Hong-Kong route with ebay as SMS does.

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 4:14 pm

nakatago wrote:
Acer. You have one lying around?



Acer ? out of luck there mate ..

If they manage to run out before I get to make a run there, I'll just bear with the why-does-it-take-2-weeks-to-ship-if-you're-only-shipping-from-Hong-Kong route with ebay as SMS does.


ah, it take 12 days for the paperwork to go through the various obstacles, and 2 days to get it delivered :)

Welcome to the world of logistics ...

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 4:21 pm

ecureilx wrote:ah, it take 12 days for the paperwork to go through the various obstacles, and 2 days to get it delivered :)

Welcome to the world of logistics ...


I should have said mailed. Everything I've bought from ebay has been sent via mail, sometimes registered mail.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 4:59 pm

For the record, I bought my 9-cell battery for the Dell Studio 1558 on 13 Sept 2012. It was shipped (?) on 14 Sept using regular mail and it arrived on 24 Sept. 10 days start to finish. Cost from Dell $179.00. My cost via eBay/HK $29.61 with free shipping. Sounded pretty good to me.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 5:10 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:For the record, I bought my 9-cell battery for the Dell Studio 1558 on 13 Sept 2012. It was shipped (?) on 14 Sept using regular mail and it arrived on 24 Sept. 10 days start to finish. Cost from Dell $179.00. My cost via eBay/HK $29.61 with free shipping. Sounded pretty good to me.


Saturday's just around the corner. I'll try that route first :)

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Postby nutnut » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 6:44 pm

I always use ebay for this kind of stuff! everyone in Singapore seems to be scared of it, thinking they will get ripped off! Weird!
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Postby JR8 » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 7:40 pm

Are you after a power supply or a battery pack?

I bought a battery pack from eBay for an Acer laptop, it was not expensive and does it's job well.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 8:34 pm

The power brick.
Power supply.
Battery charger.
That thing which isn't the mouse.

I don't mind buying from ebay--and I've bought all sorts of stuff from ebay already; it's just that it takes two weeks. If I know I can just go to a store (and I live 15 minutes from Sim Lim as the bus rolls now) to pick one up for myself easy-peasy, I might as well try that first.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 8:37 pm

What is the exact voltage of the Acer brick output? And, what is the size of the connector?

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 17 Oct 2012 9:15 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:What is the exact voltage of the Acer brick output? And, what is the size of the connector?


Por que?

19V
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90W
inner(+): 1.7mm
outer(-): 5.5mm


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