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Batteries for Philips wireless headphones

It says only use Philips rechargeable batteries SBC HB550S

Can you please tell me where the batteries can be obtained

as they are not available from Philips and other Ni-MH batteries will not charge in the headphone base unit

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  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    I have the same problem

  • boris86868
    boris86868 Dec 27, 2012

    genius

  • Pauline Barry
    Pauline Barry Jan 11, 2013

    THANK YOU FOR THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION

  • Carole Warner
    Carole Warner Feb 06, 2013

    Wonderful! The most useful info I've found on the Net. A thousand thanks!

  • Andrei Jugantsov May 05, 2013

    YES! It works! simple solution! Thank you very much! I was already planning to but new headsets, so you saved me around 70 EUR!

  • Paul Baldwin Oct 04, 2013

    BRILLIANT!!!

  • Herbert
    Herbert Dec 10, 2013

    I have the same problem. They don't tell you when you buy it. i think i will throw it away and never buy a phi;;ips again

  • Arne de Vos
    Arne de Vos Jan 31, 2014

    solutions are working!

  • Jillian Stella
    Jillian Stella Feb 01, 2014

    Thank you for your help - a great site for problem solving. Saved me looking around for something I most probably wouldn't find. Cut off the plastic as suggested on my 850mAh and they work fine.....Many thanks once again.

  • ian jonson
    ian jonson Jun 08, 2014

    thanks! removing the plastic did it!! i will never buy from philips again for wasting my time and making my life harder to line their own pockets a centremeter to the lightyear

  • DERICK SWART
    DERICK SWART Apr 03, 2018

    THANKS FOR THIS TIP!! I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY INFRA-RED WIRELESS HEADPHONES. I HAVE 4 SETS OF THEM THAT I USE FROM TIME-TO-TIME AND I WAS LOOKING FOR THE REPLACEMENT PHILIPS SHORT-SLEEVE BATTERIES THAT WAS LOST BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER THAT HAD THEM. I AM GOING TO DO THE SAME BY REMOVING THE "-"END PART OF THE LABEL!! THANK YOU GUYS. "DONDERDESWART" SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Mir Ali Khan
    Mir Ali Khan Mar 15, 2019

    Blimey, it worked for me too for the $ Store batteries!!!!!

  • Vincent Lau
    Vincent Lau May 23, 2019

    Any suggestions to replace the original battery model HB550S?I I tried to find the place to order it but it seems this model was no longer to supply. Can I use the SANYO NiMH rechargeable battery to replace it.

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Actually, look at the Philips SBC HB550S battery, the black label on battery isn't going to the end of the battery's "-" side, there's few millimetres of solid metal. Look at other, ordinary rechargeable battery, for ex duracell's. This other battery has label all over battery (from "+" to "-"). So only thing you have to do to make any batteries work with you have to cut and remove this label from battery you want to use from the "-" side of the battery, about 1-2 cm, like philips one has. It's because these headphones have this extra clip in battery sockets, philips wants us, customers, to buy those extra-expensive batteries. That's as simple as it is! Hope it helps you, it definitely helped me.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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  • patmikemurph Sep 14, 2010

    youre a very canny man murdo thanks a million !!!!

  • sulla123456 Jan 05, 2011

    I tried cutting off the bottom part of some duracell AAA batteries and installed. It seemed to work, but even when switched off, after about ten minutes it heated up so much some of the plastic started to melt....any suggestions?

  • Patrick Apr 06, 2012

    YES ! Ignore the negative base spring-contact, it doesn't! The contacts are the ones touching the sides near the base! This had been driving me crazy! What a very crafty trick on Philips' part!

  • Patrick Apr 06, 2012

    YES ! Ignore the negative base spring-contact, it doesn't! The contacts are the ones touching the sides near the base! This had been driving me crazy! What a very crafty trick on Philips' part!

  • eminipek
    eminipek Aug 06, 2012

    Thanks for the tip! It works great.

  • paul williams Aug 13, 2012

    WORKS A TREAT, MANY THANKS

  • Nicholas Martin Jun 11, 2013

    Thanks SO much. It works and you've saved me some money!!!

  • Sandro Tomasi Sep 01, 2013

    Thank You !! the trick is simple but hard to find!! thank you and the internet

  • Paul Baldwin Oct 04, 2013

    BRILLIANT!!!

  • Paul Baldwin Oct 04, 2013

    Thanks a lot Murdho,great suggestion and it works perfectly with any rechargeable AAA compatible.Great small trick!

  • Herbert
    Herbert Dec 10, 2013

    Thanks Murdho. It works perfect

  • Arne de Vos
    Arne de Vos Jan 31, 2014

    thanks, working now with Duracels

  • Jose Ignacio Palacio Gonzlez

    thanks for the explanation, has been very useful for me!!

  • Sam Sri Lanka
    Sam Sri Lanka May 31, 2014

    murdho, you are TRULY a GENIUS. What is your I.Q.??? I thought I was smart, till I came across this post of yours! Now I feel downright stupid! Anyways, thanks very, very much!!!

  • Graham
    Graham Jun 15, 2014

    Thanks for this tip. I have removed part of the label and the green light comes on on the charger. But no red light to show it is charging

  • Lea Oliver
    Lea Oliver Jun 27, 2014

    I, too, removed part of the label on a Duracel battery and hey presto it is charging in the docking station and is also showing the charging light. Thanks so much for the tip!

  • Lea Oliver
    Lea Oliver Jun 28, 2014

    Further to my last comment, the charging light came on but when I came to use the headphones, there was nothing there! Still not working so will have to try and find Philips batteries, Lea Oliver

  • Rocky Pete
    Rocky Pete Sep 18, 2014

    It worked for me. Thank's a lot!

  • Debs
    Debs Aug 17, 2017

    Hi, I tried the suggestion and made sure that the sticky residue from the gum was completely cleaned off. This can cause problems with connectivity and flattened the plastic around the area. To my surprise it has worked really well.

  • Turk
    Turk Nov 20, 2017

    Thank u so much murdo. You wrote this in 2009. You solved my problem 8 years later. I hope u r alive. Thanks so much... I m an electrical engineer but i cant explain how it works with this easy peeling.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2017

    Another +1, 8 years on! Specifically however (as Debs points out), make sure to FULLY remove any residue. After my first attempt they looked quite clean, but no joy... I spent an extra 10 mins to rub all the glue off, and hey presto, working perfectly!

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2018

    Well it seems that the charging contacts are on the side in de battery compartment on the philips headset... normally they are on the ends...

  • Ninoh FOX
    Ninoh FOX Mar 08, 2018

    Thanks!! This works!!

  • Santiago Espin Perez
    Santiago Espin Perez Oct 29, 2018

    Works for me! Thank you very much

  • rohan dogra
    rohan dogra Mar 07, 2019

    Thank you so much it really work I was surprised......

  • Mir Ali Khan
    Mir Ali Khan Mar 15, 2019

    Blimey, it worked for me too for the $ Store batteries!!!!!

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In my point of view, philips used this metal on the bottom side to charge using the docking station as a safety feature ( beside selling purpose of course ), so it will prevent when someone use ordinary batt ( not even rechargeable one ) and put it in the docking accidentally.. and yes, i just peel my bottom side new 1000mAh and it works like magic.. so, dont blame on philips to try tobe cautious and getting rich at the same time.. :)

Posted on Mar 14, 2010

  • galanthus800 Nov 13, 2010

    This worked perfectly for my mum's headphones - we couldn't get philips rechargeable batteries anywhere and kept being told ordinary ones should work in the charging unit - which of course they don't. I followed your suggestion of peeling off the bottom 5mm of plastic from the flat end of the batteries and it has worked beautifully!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    Mir Ali Khan Mar 15, 2019

    Blimey, it worked for me too for the $ Store batteries!!!!!

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I have the same problem.. The little metallic bit at the end of the battery (-) is essential for being able to recharge the batteries using the Philips SBC HC8852 and I presume for other Philips headphone sets.

I have tried with batteries of 800mAh instead of the recommend 550mAh and I didn't work after removing the plastic of the batteries. But when I tried using 600mAh ones it worked fine.

Get your own choice batteries and remove the plastic and it will work

Good luck

I hope i could have found this forum before getting my 800mAh useless batteries...

Posted on Jan 16, 2010

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  • NicolaMoans Feb 17, 2011

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks. Shame I turned to your site in desperation after buying another set of batteries.

    Both sets are happy and working fine.

  • davesmith100 Jun 21, 2011

    Thanks, was tearing my hair out as it seemed so illogical

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    WXOLF Jun 09, 2017

    Thanks same issue

  • Debs
    Debs Aug 17, 2017

    I went for 500mAH and it seems to work fine so far.I was afraid the higher types could overload..

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    Mir Ali Khan Mar 15, 2019

    Blimey, it worked for me too for the $ Store batteries!!!!!

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Look at Murdos solution to the problem, He is right, I just cut the plastic away enough to make contact with the sneakley (and unneeded) contacts and it works fine charging away like a good un.
Thanks Murdo, wouldn't have spotted them without your help

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I wish I'd come here first for the answer.
Just cut off the bottom 3-4mm of the plastic from the flat end of your new replacement rechargeable AAA batteries and they charge as they should.
Shame on you Philips!!!!

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Wakiwaki and Murhdo have the right solution - just make sure you peel off all layers of plastic, energizer batteries have a separate layer of transparent plastic below the printed layer of plastic nearly missed it. Sound still only coming out of one head phone - they are going back to Argos!

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I just bought 1000 mAh AAA's for my headphones, but when i tried to recharge them through the headphones dock/base nothing happened. After reading a few comments here i too cut off the plastic at the bottom (-) end and they charge now. very simple, thanks guys.

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Bad news I am afraid Alan, they are available but cost an eye watering £11.50 each!

I am using two ordinary AAA batteries (Duracell) and will just put in new ones when they run out - it's much cheaper.

If you still wish to purchase the right ones they are available here:

http://www.dutchwest.co.uk/acatalog/philips-sbchb550s-aaa-nimh-rechargeable-battery.html

My opinion of Philips has been badly affected by this use of special batteries in it's product, it would have been much more user friendly to have fitted ordinary rechargeable ones.

Best of luck,

IkaMega.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

  • Aad Vogel Sep 18, 2010

    Hi People, What a wonderful simple solution. Tried all over New Zealand to get new batteries no luck, they still sell the headphones offcourse, almost felt tempted to to take the batteries out of the box. They are available in England 17.85 pound plus postage,or Holland 11.55 euro plus. But thanks to you I.ve turned 2 1100 mah rechargeables into what I needed, so many thanks to Murdo.

  • ocl4 Oct 16, 2010

    Well done everyone you just saved me a fortune. Wish i had looked at this page before i spent all day running about for batteries that didnt work!

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Just do what I do. Ignore the charging setup for the headphones. Use your own rechargeable batteries (or disposables). AAA is AAA and so any batteries will work.
I like the headphones and quickly worked out that the charging setup was cumbersome. Forget it and use your own batteries.

Posted on May 16, 2009

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  • sulla123456 Jan 05, 2011

    i tried cutting the plastic off the end of some duracell AAA batteries and installing them into my SBC HC8445 headphones. Seemed to work fine at first but then the thing heated up like crazy..had to take them out before it melted all the plastic away (some slight melting did occur)

    help.....

  • 247cookie Jan 07, 2011

    You can only use NiMH rechargeable batteries!
    Yes the normal ones'll work fine but you cannot charge them on the base station as this will heat them so much that they'll melt and/or catch fire.
    Be careful how you read other people's posts.
    It's much more cost effective to use rechargeable batteries in the long run.

  • sulla123456 Jan 16, 2011

    Thanks 241cookie for the quikc reply. I have just bought some Energiser AAA NiMH rechargables to see if they work.
    Regarding using the normal batteries, funny thing is it heated up without plugging it in to the charger! in fact it heated up without even being switched on!
    Anyways I'll try with the NiMH and see if that works.
    Thanks
    Sulla

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    alex Dec 25, 2016

    you are the man!! thank you so much saved me 13.76 euro works perfectly screw philips!!

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Good luck

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  • Megalome Loddarios Aug 04, 2013


    Good luck

  • Megalome Loddarios Aug 04, 2013

    You need ? Is to trim the standard rechargeable AAA batrie
    and use is possible ....
    That's what I use and lasts longer charged !!!



    Good luck

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Hi Sanik lr3 550ah aaa rechargable in the Telstra Thub2 work perfectly if the plastic is peeled from the negative end available on ebay

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I was about to throw my headphones in the bin till i read this i will never buy philips again

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    robbie pickett Dec 07, 2014

    i was about to throw my headphones in the bin till i read this i will never buy philips again

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When recharging aaa phillips batteriesin my headphones,do I have to turn the headphones OFF or ON whilst recharging?

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By the way, my headphones are JVC HA-W600RF wireless 900MHz headphone with a 164 foot range.

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  • William Bottger May 08, 2013

    Head phones must be powered off while charging.

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I just wrapped some al foil around the negative end of the battery and folded some of the foil against the flat end. works fine and it is easy.

Posted on Oct 01, 2011

  • William Bottger Oct 25, 2011

    Don't Panic, Friends.

    Yes, I thought that would work also. I went ahead and peeled the plastic off bottom edge of two new 800 mAh Ni-MH Sanyo eneloop batteries I bought from Amazon.com. Claims on package that they can be recharged 1500x and less than 4 cents per charge. The headphones sound great and the charging light is now lit.

    I am a happy camper now.

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Thank you it works perfectly you saved me 13.76eur!! screw philips

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Or if you dont want to peel your batteries you can open the headphones and solder the yellow and the red cable together.

If I understand it correctly if you use "standart" batteries without the peeling, the phones will work but you cant't load them and you loose some voltage on the diode which is for reverse current protection.

charger---- v ...........|----v
power(-)---[battery}-(>|)-[battery}----(+)power/charger

Solder it like that
charger/power(-)---[battery}--[battery}----(+)power/charger
and you can use normal batteries without voltage drop.
PS:If you do the soldering dont put the batteries in reverse xD.

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