Short term fix – Bluetooth Ear Piece Hell – Battery Hack

Okay, so where do I start?

I suck at keeping track of my bluetooth ear piece. I suck, so bad, at it, that I joked, at Christmas, that I’d put a clapper on it.

Sadly, I lost that third ear piece, just after Christmas.

That left me with one bluetooth ear piece, without its Motorola proprietary charger, and three misc. generic type chargers, without the ear pieces.

See, I really suck at it!

So, Saturday before last.. I jumped into Best Buy, and sulked, as I looked for a new ear piece.

My ever-faithful Best Buy Dude, told me that the price ranges are really just related to battery time.. and that was important to me.

But, better than that.. I really wanted a pretty pink one. *giggle*

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9177295&st=wep350&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=1218046369020

Samsung – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – Pink – WEP350 via kwout

So, I splurged and put down “the boys” $50 gift card and $24 dollars. (I usually buy their gift cards, and let them get whatever/wherever.)

I love the way it looks. I love the way it feels weight-less.

The sound quality.. meh.. not so good.

But, its pretty! *snicker*

Less than a week later, while I’m on vaca, in Florida, the ear part broke away from the main part, as I was trying to just turn the ear holder around, to use it on my other ear. I couldn’t really tell if it was broken, though, because it would snap back in.. it just wouldn’t stay in.

Within 24 hours, though, as I’m tolerating, snapping it back together, while its in my ear, which usually pushed the button and hung up my call, or randomly called someone..

I tried to move the ear thing, for the other ear, again, and that broke!

holy crap!

It looked like I had stepped on the dang thing. That’s how bad it was mangled. I’m not hard on things and I felt the workmanship should have been a little stronger than breaking in my feeble hands.

Ironically, too, I paid $69.99 retail price for it, even though, the Best Buy website, today, has its regular retail listed at $59.99 and its on sale, this week for $39.99. *sigh*

So, on my way home, from Florida, I stopped at the first Best Buy I saw, off the interstate.. to exchange it. Its no fun to drive or travel, while holding a phone in your hand. Forget the safety issue. I have no problem dropping a phone, to deal with traffic or road conditions. I would not even change lanes, merge, or enter/exit an interstate with a phone in my hand.

My dilemma, however, was having to charge it, before I could use it. I also was not very convinced to give this particular beauty another go.. (the sales dude said they come charged.. that’s not my experience..)

Now, this new salesman was telling me some other advantages to higher priced ear pieces.. sound clarity.. ability to connect, well, with multiple devices.

Nothing really was impressing me.

Last December, while I was out Christmas shopping, I noticed this ear piece:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8490037&st=jabra+bluetooth+ear+piece&type=product&id=1193234002034

Jabra – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – BT2040 via kwout

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8490037&st=jabra+bluetooth+ear+piece&type=product&id=1193234002034

Jabra – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – BT2040 via kwout

It was the first time that I’d heard of a quad A (AAAA) battery.

A week or two later, I had come across a battery hack, to convert a 9 volt battery into a AAA battery. The hack mentioned that you only needed some aluminum foil to extend the AAAA battery to AAA.

Of course, I only heard that there were AAAA batteries inside the 9 volt.

So, standing there, confused and frustrated.. and wanting to get back on the road, back to Charleston.. I grabbed this $20 Jabra and 2 – 9 volt Duracell Batteries.

My thoughts, then, were very temporary. I could use it immediately. I could use it, for the time being, to allow me more time to research, to not break the bank, on a stupid ear piece, that we all know I’m just going to lose, eh?

The sound quality is amazing!

Just to let you in on a little secret, I can’t find the Duracell 9 volt batteries, that I bought. But, in my own defense, I haven’t unloaded my vehicle, from my trip, yet, because I’ve been recovering from a hellish tooth extraction.

Just like the video, though, the Energizer that I just opened, looked exactly the same.. six little cylindrical batteries..

I have no idea, now, though, how long this battery will allow me to talk with the ear piece, and I’m not into using non-rechargeable batteries.. so this is temporary, while I figure out the next plan of attack.

AAAA batteries are commonly used in Stylus Pens, Glucose Meters, Lazer Pen Lights, and now Bluetooth ear pieces.

Oh and..

The two 9 volt batteries were $7.99. That’s 12 AAAA. That’s $.67/each.

Two AAAA batteries, at Best Buy, sold right next to this ear piece, $4.99.

Easily, you can see the better deal.

Oh, and it gets better.. I thought I’d leave this video with you.. cuz it really surprised me, too. Enjoy!


6 Volt Battery Hack! You’ll Be Amazed! – video powered by Metacafe

(Walmart has 6 volts for $6.88. That’s $.22/each. The AA are $.33-.71 *per their website*)

wow!

UPDATE: The Energizer 9 volt battery had 6 separate batteries, that were slightly shorter than the AAAA. I couldn’t get it to work, even with building up the negative end with foil. I wasn’t sure if the Energizer battery was a good battery, and I found my Duracell batteries, that I bought with the ear piece, between the seats, in my van, where I said they were, and “the boy” couldn’t find them.. so I decided to try that. It was way over packaged, much differently than the Energizer. After getting the case off, then the plastic, all the batteries were then all connected with metal connectors.. That made them fit better, by folding some of that metal, but the ear piece didn’t work. The battery did get warm, though. Which was weird. As a last resort, we reversed the direction the battery went in, and we realized that the nubbed end, of these batteries, is the negative end. The ear piece works fine, now.

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Short term fix – Bluetooth Ear Piece Hell – Battery Hack

Okay, so where do I start?

I suck at keeping track of my bluetooth ear piece. I suck, so bad, at it, that I joked, at Christmas, that I’d put a clapper on it.

Sadly, I lost that third ear piece, just after Christmas.

That left me with one bluetooth ear piece, without its Motorola proprietary charger, and three misc. generic type chargers, without the ear pieces.

See, I really suck at it!

So, Saturday before last.. I jumped into Best Buy, and sulked, as I looked for a new ear piece.

My ever-faithful Best Buy Dude, told me that the price ranges are really just related to battery time.. and that was important to me.

But, better than that.. I really wanted a pretty pink one. *giggle*

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9177295&st=wep350&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=1218046369020

Samsung – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – Pink – WEP350 via kwout

So, I splurged and put down “the boys” $50 gift card and $24 dollars. (I usually buy their gift cards, and let them get whatever/wherever.)

I love the way it looks. I love the way it feels weight-less.

The sound quality.. meh.. not so good.

But, its pretty! *snicker*

Less than a week later, while I’m on vaca, in Florida, the ear part broke away from the main part, as I was trying to just turn the ear holder around, to use it on my other ear. I couldn’t really tell if it was broken, though, because it would snap back in.. it just wouldn’t stay in.

Within 24 hours, though, as I’m tolerating, snapping it back together, while its in my ear, which usually pushed the button and hung up my call, or randomly called someone..

I tried to move the ear thing, for the other ear, again, and that broke!

holy crap!

It looked like I had stepped on the dang thing. That’s how bad it was mangled. I’m not hard on things and I felt the workmanship should have been a little stronger than breaking in my feeble hands.

Ironically, too, I paid $69.99 retail price for it, even though, the Best Buy website, today, has its regular retail listed at $59.99 and its on sale, this week for $39.99. *sigh*

So, on my way home, from Florida, I stopped at the first Best Buy I saw, off the interstate.. to exchange it. Its no fun to drive or travel, while holding a phone in your hand. Forget the safety issue. I have no problem dropping a phone, to deal with traffic or road conditions. I would not even change lanes, merge, or enter/exit an interstate with a phone in my hand.

My dilemma, however, was having to charge it, before I could use it. I also was not very convinced to give this particular beauty another go.. (the sales dude said they come charged.. that’s not my experience..)

Now, this new salesman was telling me some other advantages to higher priced ear pieces.. sound clarity.. ability to connect, well, with multiple devices.

Nothing really was impressing me.

Last December, while I was out Christmas shopping, I noticed this ear piece:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8490037&st=jabra+bluetooth+ear+piece&type=product&id=1193234002034

Jabra – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – BT2040 via kwout

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8490037&st=jabra+bluetooth+ear+piece&type=product&id=1193234002034

Jabra – Wireless Headset for Bluetooth-Enabled Cell Phones – BT2040 via kwout

It was the first time that I’d heard of a quad A (AAAA) battery.

A week or two later, I had come across a battery hack, to convert a 9 volt battery into a AAA battery. The hack mentioned that you only needed some aluminum foil to extend the AAAA battery to AAA.

Of course, I only heard that there were AAAA batteries inside the 9 volt.

So, standing there, confused and frustrated.. and wanting to get back on the road, back to Charleston.. I grabbed this $20 Jabra and 2 – 9 volt Duracell Batteries.

My thoughts, then, were very temporary. I could use it immediately. I could use it, for the time being, to allow me more time to research, to not break the bank, on a stupid ear piece, that we all know I’m just going to lose, eh?

The sound quality is amazing!

Just to let you in on a little secret, I can’t find the Duracell 9 volt batteries, that I bought. But, in my own defense, I haven’t unloaded my vehicle, from my trip, yet, because I’ve been recovering from a hellish tooth extraction.

Just like the video, though, the Energizer that I just opened, looked exactly the same.. six little cylindrical batteries..

I have no idea, now, though, how long this battery will allow me to talk with the ear piece, and I’m not into using non-rechargeable batteries.. so this is temporary, while I figure out the next plan of attack.

AAAA batteries are commonly used in Stylus Pens, Glucose Meters, Lazer Pen Lights, and now Bluetooth ear pieces.

Oh and..

The two 9 volt batteries were $7.99. That’s 12 AAAA. That’s $.67/each.

Two AAAA batteries, at Best Buy, sold right next to this ear piece, $4.99.

Easily, you can see the better deal.

Oh, and it gets better.. I thought I’d leave this video with you.. cuz it really surprised me, too. Enjoy!


6 Volt Battery Hack! You’ll Be Amazed! – video powered by Metacafe

(Walmart has 6 volts for $6.88. That’s $.22/each. The AA are $.33-.71 *per their website*)

wow!

UPDATE: The Energizer 9 volt battery had 6 separate batteries, that were slightly shorter than the AAAA. I couldn’t get it to work, even with building up the negative end with foil. I wasn’t sure if the Energizer battery was a good battery, and I found my Duracell batteries, that I bought with the ear piece, between the seats, in my van, where I said they were, and “the boy” couldn’t find them.. so I decided to try that. It was way over packaged, much differently than the Energizer. After getting the case off, then the plastic, all the batteries were then all connected with metal connectors.. That made them fit better, by folding some of that metal, but the ear piece didn’t work. The battery did get warm, though. Which was weird. As a last resort, we reversed the direction the battery went in, and we realized that the nubbed end, of these batteries, is the negative end. The ear piece works fine, now.

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