A little note about the batteries for the Philips SHC5100 wireless headphones.

The gist of it is don’t rush out and buy the specific part (HB550S).
Buy a pair of regular (Nickel Metal Hydride) AAA size rechargeable cells, try and aim for about the same capacity of 550mAh. Then carefully cut about 3 or 4 mm of the plastic wrap from the negative end of the cell.
Have a look at this image for a guide.
Remember that most of the metal can is the negative electrode, so be careful to prevent accidental short circuits with the extra metal exposed.
If you look in the battery compartment of the headphones, there is an extra metal finger which contacts the battery on the side. This is how the headphones detect if the battery is the rechargeable type.

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4 Responses to “A little note about the batteries for the Philips SHC5100 wireless headphones.”

  1. Koch Says:

    That was it!!! The best note for fixing the charging problem of the headphone. I was only seconds away from throwing the device to garbage

    Thanks a lot.

  2. Dave Says:

    Rechargeable headphone batteries , have been trying to source the correct battery but then read your not and any rechargeable battery works fine as you suggest thanks a lot. An excellent hint

  3. Steve Says:

    Thanks very much for this hint.
    I bought these headphones many years ago and the recharge has never worked: now with you suggestion It works fine.
    (…as a newbie)

    Steve

  4. Monica Says:

    OMG, thank you so much for this help

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