Where to buy a GENUINE Nokia phone battery ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I have an old Nokia 6310i , circa 2002 .. review here http://www.neowin.net/news/retro-review-nokia-6310i-circa-2002

    It can still be purchased second hand from about £50 or new from £300


    I loved this phone and it served me well for many years.. when new, the battery had a standby time of 16 days.. it's still a great phone..
    I am going to use an emergency phone and also for travelling abroad, will also lend to Charlotte for going to Army Cadet camps.

    Have fitted a Giffgaff PAYG sim with £15 of Non-expiring credit..

    I bought a spare battery from ebay but it is rubbish.. a full charge lasted less than two days.. (am sending it back)

    Now my Question..
    do you know a trustworthy supplier who actually sells GENUINE phone batteries or at least good quality equivalents ?

    Googling is no good as every man jack and his brother advertise that they sell 'Genuine' Nokia batteries.

    Battery in question is a BPS-2

    Looks like this

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    I've asked suppliers if it was a genuine charging lead and they have said yes.
    Turns out it wasn't, a few differences, got full refund from eBay.
     
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    I know that the phone is well-loved but I would buy a brick from somewhere like Tescos for £10 or so - we have a couple and they work well, charge with USB cables and have a standby of a week or so, even though they are around 8 years old.
     
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    Call me naive but if an eBay seller deliberately puts 'genuine' in the title one has to assume it's genuine OEM, otherwise it's refund time. Older phone batteries do require a certain amount of 'conditioning' ie charge > full discharge > recharge before they hit their peak performance. You probably know this already, but the mAh rating can vary from one battery to the next.

    Interesting to see how much that model of phone still sells for - it was obviously well liked. The other one as I recall was that rufty tufty water resistant model that had a cult following among builders and other outdoorsy types. Fairly basic item but still sells well. Chrome is also popular - if you've got an old chromed mobile don't chuck it away at a car boot.

    I know someone who sells second hand mobiles - I'll ask about a genuine BPS-2 battery next time I see him.
     
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    Looking at the linked review Jim, I would say the used price was confused for the quoted new price and the new price was confused for an above average modern android phone.
    £30 new sounds about right for a phone introduced 14 years ago.
    But then, theres nowt as daft as avid collectors.

    One thing that did surprise me the review stated a li-po battery.....
    Im sure at that age it would be ni-cad....I thought li-po was developed much later for general use.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    yes.. 'probably' the best Nokia ever produced.. at one time it was factory fitted in Merc cars with a charging cradle and external aerial .

    Where we live is very poor / weak reception.. it still gets a signal when my iPhone says 'no signal' .. as a basic phone it outperforms any modern Smart phone.. and it's standby time is legendary , making it ideal for travelling , an ideal roaming phone, and it's less likely to be stolen when being used in the street..

    it's Achilles heel is that it can't use 3G .. but that's not a problem, still plenty of 2G providers.. including GiffGaff ( which is O2)

    The original battery is still good, lasts about a week .. a new battery would extend that time to at least two weeks or more..

    @Mattyjwr thanks for the suggestion but want to keep the 6310i.. it is just so good.
     
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    look up Amazon.. (can't post Amazon links here) .. there are still new ones available.. at £300 or more.. knock offs ? I don't know or care

    but that is 'by the way'.. it's a battery I'm looking for
     
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    Just a thought, if Nokia stopped making the 6310i years ago, I wonder if the remaining batteries are still as viable as they were when the phone was in production. I believe that they deteriorate if they are not used or not charged regularly and you may find that they do not hold their charge as long as you had in the past.

    If anyone is looking for a travel phone, this is the kind of brick that we use as a spare - £15, O2 compatible and standby of 30 days:
    http://groceries.asda.com/product/o2-payg-mobiles/nokia-1300-o2/910001834035

    Tesco do a similar one for £10 locked to Vodafone.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Cheap as chips.. how do they do it .. (y)
     
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    Agreed Jim, I saw the costs......one at £399.

    I was only pointing out the price for a complete new, if very old, phone was ludicrous.

    I doubt you will find a new, as in recently manufactured, battery and as already stated by others batteries dont like being left in a low state of charge so it will be pot luck what charge it would accept or hold.
     
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    Not sure but I guess that they hope that the PAYG top ups will recover the cost of manufacture and supply over time. We have them on networks that are different to our main phones so that we get a good range of coverage if the main phones are not usable. We just need to make a call once every 90 days to keep the sim active.
     
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    Grahams link looks a good bet Jim.
    £20 for what they say is a new battery.....or £89 for a fully refurbed phone, but then you already have the phone.

    At £89 with a new front case and battery plus 12 months warranty it knocks the amazon price of £399 into touch.
     
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    They probably get their stock from battery mega store who sell for £12.99 :LOL:
     
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    Morning @scotjimland

    At great risk to life and limb Ive rummaged around in the loft and garage and found four original Nokia BLS-2N batteries. Not the exact model you're looking for, from memory they were originally from 6110i's, but believe they are compatible with the BPS-2 as I'm sure I used them on a couple of 6310i's. At least one of the handsets is kicking about as well but ........ Again from memory think they are very slightly thicker than the BPS-2 and have a slightly higher capacity. What charge condition they are in, eh who knows!

    Given your extreme need and the prices being thrown around above (supply and demand roolz) I think £50 each is a fair price (each)!:whistle::eek:;)
    Alternatively, if you want them let me know and I'll stick them in the post for you as it does say "Dispose of them responsibly" on all of them.
    You'll need to be quick though as we're heading off down south (no where near Suffolk though - Derbyshire and then South West) next Monday.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi @Gellyneck , thank you, very much appreciated.. would love to have them, just a pity your not coming near Suffolk.. will PM you

    cheers
     
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    I found found one of these old Nokias in a cupboard with the charger,it had been in there for approximately a year.As it still had a SIM card in I thought ok,let's charge this and put in the van for an emergency phone.
    To my amazement I pushed the on button and it lit up with only bar used,absolutely amazing.
    Remembered when I had last used it for emergency purposes only it would run switched on for a couple of weeks without needing a charge.
     
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    Dunno what Nokia this is but it's hard wired to my boiler controller for its supply so no battery.
    The secondary purpose being to text me if the Strikeback alarm is activated.
    [​IMG]
     
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