My cell phone, a Verizon LG VX8100, needed a new battery. The old one was not giving me even a full day with normal usage and on Sunday it cut out as I was calling my cousin. Not good. I may have contributed to its decline by leaving it charging overnight once. Now, this is bad design – a normal activity like charging the phone shouldn’t hurt the battery, but the guy in the local cell phone store told me that was a major no-no. Note to cell phone makers – stop charging the battery when it is full.
This could, of course, be a tactic to get you to buy stuff later on.
My phone needs the Lithium Ion 3.7v 1000mAh LG battery. The local Verizon-affiliated store (not a Verizon store) wanted $59 off the shelf for it, but quickly dropped to $40 when they saw that was not going to happen. I thanked them and fired up google.
I found OemCellPhone.com and they had the same battery for $12.99 plus $4.95 shipping – 17.94 not $40. And they claimed that it was in fact the same LG OEM battery, not an off brand that will blow up on my belt, damaging vital organs.
I bought the battery with my AMEX, feeling that I could stop charges if there was an issue. To my delight, the battery arrived US Mail yesterday, and it was identical to the original one in my cell phone. I don’t have reason to believe that it is anything other than an OEM battery. It was ordered late Wednesday and arrived Monday – absolutely fine with me.
I’ve charged it up and it seems to be working fine. Thanks, OemCellPhone.com for helping me keep faith in small Internet merchants.