A fire that broke out at the South Korean LG Chem plant on March 3rd could end up keeping lots of laptops plugged into the wall. The top battery maker says that production at its biggest battery plant in Seoul has had to halt operations due to the damages. Reuters reports that LG Chem still cannot determine when battery production will resume. A few weeks back, Jerry Shen of Asus told us that this fire would have direct problems for the availability of Eee PCs. And now Dell and HP are feeling the brunt of battery shortage. Apparently there isn’t only a shortage of replacement and extended batteries at Dell, but the prices are going up as well. “We sell battery packs. The prices of those battery packs for people ordering extra batteries have gone up,” a Dell spokesman told Reuters. When we tried to purchase a nine-cell lithium-ion battery replacement for the Dell XPS M1530, it came up as shipping in 1 to 2 weeks—at a price of $300. HP is facing the same issues, though its replacement batteries seem to be shipping within 1 to 2 days and the company has made no formal statement about jacking up the prices.