Firstly I wasn't sure whether to post this is misc or deal requests. My laptop charger has packed in. The laptop is a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V5535 which I bought 12 months ago from Viking Direct.
I was one of the many on here who were given a special deal on the laptop by Viking after missing out on the mispriced laptop on Christmas day 2008 if anyone remembers the deal.
The wires inside the core of the cable coming out of the power unit of the charger have broken. For a few weeks it was working if I bent the cable back on itself but it has now stopped working altogether.
Surpirse surprise Fujitsu tell me this kind of fault isn't not covered under warranty.
I've seen some replacements on eBay for as little as £6.99. I mentioned this to the fella and he warned against buying a third party charger claiming they have a tendancy to blow the motherboard. He told me his company sold replacement chargers for just £5 more which seemed very reasonable but when i was put though to the parts dept i was quoted a staggering £47............no way!!
I would just like to know are the cheap ones sold on auction sites any good and are they safe? What's the difference between a £6.99 eBay one, a £16 - £20 Amazon Marketplace one and the official mega rip off £47 one?
Also has anyone got any links to places I could get a good bargain on one?