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Charging wireless headphones…

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This is probably a solution applicable to a very narrow group of readers, but I’m going to write about it anyways.

If anyone’s bought wireless headphones before, I’d imagine some of you would, at some point, have been frustrated with charging the headphones, if you had a stand. You’d pray and pray and pray and hope the green light of salvation would be indicated, but no! You get a no-light response from the stand.

The fix is quite simple. It does take a bit of fiddling, and I’m not sure if this works through all wireless headphones models, but the theory’s still gonna be similar.

First of all, let’s have a look at the causes of headphones not being able to charge:

1. You can listen and not charge, or charge and not listen, or be able to do neither of those things.

Diagnostics: It’s broken. The small chip that’s used to control the circuitry is malfunctioning for some reason, probably due to physical damage, e.g. dropping it, or the original chip wasn’t manufactured properly. In that case, you can be riskily explorative and try to take the casing apart and solder the components back on (not recommended), or you can take it back to the manufacturer and get if fixed (recommended!).

2. Sometimes, you can ‘seemingly’ charge while putting the headphones in the stand, other times, you can’t do anything to get the green light on. It’s irritating.

Diagnostics: If the headphones can only charge in a certain position (you fiddle around with the headphone until the green light stays permanently on, or you move the stand around), metal plate connectors are loose. That’s what I had in my case. My charging stand had two metal connectors, which were interfaces of contact with my headphones, which, similarly, had two metal pieces. No matter how hard I tried to move around the headphones, they wouldn’t charge. So, in the end, I had to resort to a manual fix: to slip small pieces of paper behind the two metal connectors in the stand (they were slightly flexible), so the metal connectors propelled forwards to touch the metal contacts of the headphones.

3. They just won’t charge no matter what I do. No indicator light comes on.

Diagnostics: This can be one of the following:

a. You don’t have rechargeable cells (batteries) in the headphones.

Happened to me a gazillion times. I was like, ‘why the hell won’t it just charge?!’, and realized that I didn’t have the default batteries in the container.

b. You didn’t switch it on.

Bit obvious. But it can happen. Again, with my cats running lose in the house, it’s a wonder none of my clothes are ripped yet.

c. You put the wrong headphones on.

This probably sounds right out dumb to you, but it can happen to the most brilliant of us. The maxim? When it’s right in front of our eyes, we don’t usually spot it.

Oh, forgot to mention which ones I use. XP The headphones I use are Philips SBC HC8524, but yesterday when I checked the website, they had a newer model. Great headphones, by the way, here’s a pic:

Bought it during at a 10% reduction in a local hardware convention. Great deal!!

Well, that’s it for this post!

Looking forward to hearing from you ~ XD


Written by imicrothinking

October 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm