Pros and Cons of Buying a Lithium Ion Dell Inspiron 2650 Laptop Battery
Posted May 07 2013 7:30am
A common dilemma that many individuals grapple with, while buying a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop battery, is the chemistry to choose. Since the debut of computer technology in the early '70s, manufacturers of different laptop brands have used two main types of battery chemistries, to power laptops. Nickel based (Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) and Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)) batteries were the gold standard for long, during the exponential phase of growth of the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) industry. This was because of their low production costs, safety standards, and accepted by the growing laptop community. However, they were heavy, had charge memory issues, and could not power laptops well, for as long as many laptop enthusiasts wanted. Lithium based (Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer) batteries are now the accessories of choice, for many reasons; they are light weight, have a good charge to energy ratio, and do not suffer the memory effect. This article highlights these pros in detail and major cons of buying a Li-Ion battery.
Pros of Buying a Dell battery In comparison to traditional Ni-Cad and Ni-MH laptop batteries, lithium ion batteries have a high-capacity. This is twofold: first, although lithium ion batteries are very light, they have a very high charge density. A single cell in a lithium ion battery for Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop can hold up to two times as much charge as an ordinary cell in a Nickel based battery would (3.6 cell voltage in Li-Ion batteries versus 1.2 cell voltage in Nickel based Dell laptop batteries. This translates to a higher charge capacity, and thus, ability to power a laptop optimally, longer than usual. Unlike standard Nickel based laptop batteries, the single cell technology integrated in Dell Inspiron batteries is revolutionary. It regulates how the battery loses power, to make sure that each charge cycle lasts as long as possible. You only have to charge it well using an authentic Dell Inspiron 2650 adapter, for best results.
The second benefit of buying a lithium ion Dell Inspiron 2650 battery is because it is low maintenance. Lithium ion batteries by Dell do not suffer the memory effect that plagued nickel based batteries since their inception. As such, you do not have to schedule charge cycles, or fully discharge your battery completely, before you start another cycle. Finally, Li-ion batteries are environmentally friendly. This is a plus, in this green era.
Cons of Buying a Lithium Ion Battery for Dell Inspiron 2650
Lithium ion batteries for Dell Inspiron 2650 laptops have their share of disadvantages. First, lithium, the active ingredient in this type of battery is highly volatile. It is highly flammable, and can explode without warning if the internal temperature of your battery for Dell Inspiron 2650 shoots past its optimum. This does not mean that Li-ion batteries are not safe. Dell has integrated a temperature monitoring system and internal circuitry, which monitors how that battery works and break its circuit when needed. You can also make your battery safer by using an authentic Dell Inspiron 2650 adapter always, maintaining an ambient temperature around your battery, and performing routine maintenance (cleaning, etc.).
Another downside of buying Li-ion batteries is the cost factor. Ordinarily, Li-ion batteries by Dell cost more than their Nickel based counterparts. You have to dig deeper in your pocket if you are looking for an accessory that will power your laptop well for a long time. To overcome this limitation, make sure that you research well and do a price comparison before buying a battery. You should also consider buying compatible rather than branded Dell batteries. Though they are cheap, they are as effective as their branded counterparts.