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Replacement battery for VX8300

Discussion in 'LG Electronics' started by NJ_Pubcrawler, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. NJ_Pubcrawler

    NJ_Pubcrawler Junior Member
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    The battery in my VX8300 appears to be going bad pretty quickly, so I have been investigating a replacement for it. I found a web site that has a replacement that is Lithium Polymer instead of the OEM Lithium Ion, but I am not familiar with this type of battery so I don't know if I should take a chance on it or not. Here is the link:

    http://www.factorydirectcellular.com/home/lge/lgvx8300.htm

    Any comments or experiences anyone can share on this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Ellen

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    I don't recommend any battery other than OEM ones. If you mess up your phone using a battery that wasn't meant for your phone, your warranty would be terminated. I bought this battery as a spear for my old LG 8300. http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=12992&cat=2086&page=1
    daydeal offers free shipping and all the products that I have purchased from this site have been very good quality.
     
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    Hi NJ_Pubcrawler haven't seen too many posts from you lately. :)

    I see your question being a two fold question:

    1. Can you use a Lithium Polymer battery instead of Lithium ion?
    Lithium polymer (actually Lithium Ion polymer)batteries, have technologically evolved from lithium ion batteries. Short form the chemistry is roughly the same, but since the electrolyte is held in a solid polymer form rather than a solvent form, a Lithium Ion Polymer battery lends itself to lighter and more flexible designs as well as are less hazardous. So yes a Lithium Ion can be replaced by a Lithium Polymer with the same specifications.

    2. Should you get the battery you linked to? - Absolutely Not.

    First of all they say Lithium ion has memory and Lithium Polymer does not and that is incorrect. Secondly I would not get an after market battery (OEM or non OEM) for a cell phone, too many things can go wrong including a void of your warranty ofcourse.

    If I were you I would get my replacement battery from Verizon and only from Verizon, irrespective of if an OEM battery is available slightly cheaper outside. Verizon's data base has information on the the battery serial nos. they handle and if you run into into any kind of problem with your phone they will tell you you that it's your after market battery, OEM or otherwise.

    I have had very good experience with my local Verizon store where I got a free replacement battery for my VX6000, 10 months after I bought the phone.

    Just my 2 cents....:)
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I was a little shaky on the idea of this battery but was starting to lean towards it since I have had some difficulty locating the exact OEM replacement.

    I actually had a run-in with a VZW rep and store manager over the issue and they told me that the battery is NOT covered for the full year of the original warranty - it is supposedly only covered 100% for 90 days from the date of purchase, then is covered under a pro-rated warranty from that point forward (at this point I am almost at the end of the 1 year warranty, so they were offering me the replacement battery for what was almost full retail price). Nowhere in the documentation I received with the phone did I see this information, and when I asked them to show me the terms of the warranty stating that the battery was not covered they could not. After 15 minutes of debating this subject with both the rep and the manager, I finally got fed up with their condescending attitudes and left.

    The final wrinkle to this whole thing is that LG apparently changed the battery they use in the VX8300 somewhere during the production run. My phone has an 1100mAh battery (LG part number LGIP-A1100E), but virtually all of the web sites I found that claimed to have the battery actually had the 1000mAh unit (LGIP-A1000E). So far I haven't located this battery (except for some that are described as "Like New" on eBay - no thanks).

    If the battery continues to get worse I may have to bite the bullet and go back to VZW. I would just prefer not to at this point.

    Thanks again for the input!
     
  5. charlyee

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    NJ_Pubcrawler, unfortunately Verizon is right, the battery is only guranteed for 90 days. In my case they made an exception but they have done exceptions for other people also from time to time, just depends on the CS person and if they are in a generous mood that day I guess. ;)

    If you are at the end of your one year warranty (or absolutely refuse to give Verizon any more money) then you could take a chance on a OEM battery from the outside. Although like you said with LG changing the battery capacity on you, Verizon maybe your only source for getting the 1100mah battery.

    Good luck to you. :)
     
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  6. Ellen

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    I just wanted to add here that if the battery is proved to be defective after the 90 day period a customer would be able to get a free replacement battery from their local Verizon store. Back when I had the LG 8100 myself and allot of other customers were having battery issues and Verizon did swap just the battery out for us with a brand new one.
     

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