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Lenovo Group this week announced that it would replace faulty batteries on certain ThinkPad R-series and X-series laptops. Apparently, some batteries cannot be charged after some time of use and Lenovo will replace them to certain customers.

According to Lenovo, a number of ThinkPad users have reported the following symptoms:

  • Irreparable damage or battery cannot be charged error message from Power Manager or Message Center;
  • Low battery capacity, as indicated by short battery run time or sudden drops in the battery fuel gauge.

Both situations occur because of defective batteries and Lenovo will replace the batteries for free, provided that certain conditions apply.

The following laptops and batteries are affected:

  • ThinkPad R60, R61, T60, T61 – 42T4546, 42T4566, 92P1141;
  • ThinkPad X60, X61 – 42T4550, 42T4567, 42T4568, 92P1169, 92P1173, 93P5028, 93P5030.

It is unclear whether the replacement has anything to do with the faulty batteries based on elements made by Sony, a widely discussed industry scandal.

Tags: Lenovo, ThinkPad, Failures, Battery

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I have owned Thinkpad laptops for over 10 years and I have always loved them and thought they were the best laptops. My current Thinkpad is X60s.

But the customer support under Lenovo has slipped and I don't think they care about good customer relations any more. When I bought my Thinkpad I also bought an extra battery which I rarely used because the battery life was so good. I was shocked when the battery failed with irreparable battery damage message after only 30 charging cycles. When I called Lenovo customer support, they refused to replace the battery, even though they have already done two recalls - they said mine was not the failing type. But I had proof with the battery utility that the battery failed with only 30 cycles.

Now there is another recall, and again they say my battery does not qualify because it is not the failing type. My P/N is 92P1174 and only 92P1173 is on the list. They should replace every battery which fails below a certain number of cycles because the product clearly did not perform to its design specs.

Here is an article about it:
http://www.pcworld.com/bu...es.html?tk=nl_dnx_h_crawl
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