Question about Philips (33-01-031) 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
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
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
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
I hope i could have found this forum before getting my 800mAh useless batteries...
Posted on Jan 16, 2010
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
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
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!!!!
Posted on Aug 25, 2010
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!
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
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.
Posted on Jul 02, 2011
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:
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,
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
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
Hi Sanik lr3 550ah aaa rechargable in the Telstra Thub2 work perfectly if the plastic is peeled from the negative end available on ebay
Posted on Nov 28, 2012
When recharging aaa phillips batteriesin my headphones,do I have to turn the headphones OFF or ON whilst recharging?
Posted on May 08, 2013
Thank you it works perfectly you saved me 13.76eur!! screw philips
Posted on Dec 25, 2016
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
Solder it like that
and you can use normal batteries without voltage drop.
PS:If you do the soldering dont put the batteries in reverse xD.
Posted on Jun 07, 2015
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