Ordered myself a replacement battery for my X230 since mine is at 33% of it's original capacity, a little nervous to buy a third party one but they seem like they might be trustworthy, Green Cell, has anyone had any bad experiences with them?

@lyndon Mine have been Sanyo. One was crap early on but I was so busy I didn't push for a replacement. I'd keep a close eye on the health of it for the first few weeks, wherever it came from. I set mine to charge to 80% of max, which helps battery longevity.

@proactiveservices How do you do that? do you edit one of the system files?

@lyndon For Linux, see "tlp". For Windows it's managed by the preinstalled Lenovo software/apps.

@proactiveservices Ah simple! Where did you read about setting to 80% being a good idea?

@lyndon Er, Lithium ion batteries even. Although I believe the same goes for Lipo's.

@proactiveservices Thanks for that! I thought that might have been the case since I know they have their own little firmware that handles stuff

@lyndon tl;dr is edit /etc/tlp.conf and uncomment the START_CHARGE_THRESH_ and STOP_CHARGE_THRESH_ lines.
`tlp-stat` shows current settings,

@lyndon I've used them once, it was fine. HP Pavillion. Honestly, never had a bad third party battery, but I stay away from the most shady and YMMV.

I'll need a new battery for my X250 eventually. Would appreciate some UK-based recommendations.

@syntax I think Green Cell have stock in the UK as their site seems to have in £s Amazon also had some I saw, will see how it is and report back

@lyndon I have a lot of experience with Green Cell. Polish rebrand of Chinese batteries. Sounds like a bad thing, but what isn't a Chinese rebrand now days?

They have a really good internal quality control of this imports, and that's what differentiates them from buying straight from China.

They also have a good return policies, so you're not risking anything :)

@vol Awesome, their site did look quite legitimate and limited reviews I saw were mostly positive, even the batteries manual had well formed English which is something I always watch out for.

I have had good experience with one or two Chinese brands; shout out to MPow, they gave me great customer service for £10-£20 devices

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