Nokia issues battery warning
Warning over 46m batteries
Batteries used in a range of Nokia handsets, from the 1100 to the latest E60, are at risk of overheating during charging. Of 300 million BL-5C batteries manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. for Nokia last year, 46 million belong to the dodgy batch.
One hundred incidents have already been reported, but none have resulted in explosions, fire, or even a burnt finger. However, Nokia has said if your phone has a BL-5C battery you should probably keep an eye on it when charging.
Or, visit Nokia's website and check your battery's serial number against a list of the dodgy ones. If it appears on the list, Nokia will provide a replacement free of charge. Which is nice.
Though the risk seems minimal, and Nokia is certainly playing down any danger, it's probably worth checking. ®
re: Nokia Battery Recall problem?
because it's easier and faster to search for a known pattern in the number or search a database of known bad numbers than to search a database of ALL the numbers. My phone had 1LI1 in it... and I could discern it all cause the ! has the little left cap on it while the I has no cap and the L is a normal L. as for O vs. 0 (zero) ... I always assume zero first when the sequenced referenced is a serial "number".
for those who question their reading abilities for the smaller than small numbers... a handy dandy reading glass can be yours for the low, low price of $xx. simply go to your local market and pick up your own magnifying glass. or better yet, borrow one from a friend. this will not however solve the problem with o vs. 0 though.
of course you could always go to your local wireless dealer and have one of them get the eye strain reading that number.
Nokia Battery Recall problem?
I used the Nokia battery recall check web page http://www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement/en/ and typed in my 26 digit serial number and luckily all was ok. I doubled checked the digits and they seemed to be correct but if I type a random 26 digit code in or change for example a "0" (zero) to an "O" (letter O) or a "1" (number 1) to a "l" (letter L) it still says all is ok. Surely this could mean people with faulty batteries could miss type their number and it would say all is ok. Shouldn't a check be performed on the 26 digit number to ensure the correct format or customers could have potentially defect batteries and not know it!!!
Re: Non-duff batteries
"Ever since a duff exploding battery incident about 4 years ago, I have taken to buying (at my own expense) the GP (Gold Peak) equivalents of the "official" batteries of Japanese the manufacturers."
So where do you get these from?