Aftermarket batteries are just as good as OEM

Started Aug 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
phaedin
phaedin Senior Member • Posts: 1,634
Re: Depends on your risk tolerance

OEM quality standards tend to be quite strict, a batch of batteries may fail because the encasing is the wrong colour.
Generally they will test a number of units from a batch for electrical and torture testing.
If 1 (or a predetermined number) fail any of the tests then that batch will not be accepted, even though the majority would pass.
This is also why OEM batteries sometimes fail, it might just have been the only bad one(s) in the batch.
Third party companies will buy the rejected batches and sell them, assuming the risk that the majority (if not all) will be ok. It's just the chances are higher that you may get a battery that doesn't last as long, or has a higher chance of overheating.
Buying from reputable companies lowers that risk.
As I said before, it all comes down to your risk tolerance.
OEM batteries cost more because they passes a higher standard (and you are paying for the brand name) 3rd party batteries may be just as good as OEM, but you run a higher risking it not performing as well as it should.

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