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BELKIN Bluetooth GPS battery RECALL (aka Fortuna ClipOn BT)

 
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whocarez
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:11 pm    Post subject: BELKIN Bluetooth GPS battery RECALL (aka Fortuna ClipOn BT) Reply with quote

Hi,

On June 21 BELKIN made a notice about safety problem with the batteries sold with Bluetooth GPS Navigation - "ballooning" effect.

More information on http://www.belkin.com/support/gpsrecall.asp

or http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05582.html.


I discover this information because yesterday i tried to recharge my Fortuna ClipOn BT, but never make it. The power led always stays green and when i disconnected from power the unit turn off.

After opening and battery had a weird aspect, with one side not plane.
Then i discovered this information on belkin site.

On fortuna site there isn't any information about this problem.

My battery photo:




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Steee73
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I have just checked my battery and found that one side of it is smooth but the other side is a bit bubbled. It still works ok and when i checked my battery with the one it the link you posted it was the same battery but mine doesn't have a model number on it. I can't see the picture of your battery on this page so could you send it to me please so i can compare it with mine and in return i will send you a picture in mine. Steve ([email protected])
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mrchips
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of the suspect batteries marked AE-8210.

BUT nowhere can I find anything on Belkin's website about how to get this potentially dangerous battery replaced.

Has anyone any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has happened on my Fortuna Clip on. So much so that the battery cover has snapped Sad . I have emailed Fortuna but have had no reply yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine still seems to be OK. ... but it probably only be a matter of time.

I think I did hear that the battery was switchable with a Nokia cell-phone ... but that may be wrong.

Please let us all know what the result from Fortuna is please.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortuna were very helpful. They have offered to replace the battery and battery cover for me. The only problem is that I have to send the unit back to them in Tiwan. Because my GPS is not the current model the complete bottom needs to be changed and not just the battery cover. I would have to pay for postage to and from Tiwan. Sad

I have asked them if there are any distibutors in the UK who could help but there isnt.

My contact is [email protected]

Looks like I'll have to get a nokia battery and tape it in Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Deaky.

Helpfull perhaps .... but not too much so.

Does the Nokia cell-phone battery actually act as a good replacement?

Fortuna must have a distributor in the UK who could help.

So our model is out of date already is it!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I emailed Fortuna yesterday about the battery problem and this morning they seem to be saying "what problem ?"
I haven't established if it is ONLY a Belkin problem - but looking at the two units Belkin/Fortuna seem just to be rebadged identical units.
I have yet to discover if the "Slim Fortuna" unit (mine) has a similar problem.
Which "Nokia cell phone battery" IS a direct replacement ???
More later .....

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have assumed, from all of the discussions, that it is the battery itself which is the problem.... the one marked as mentioned in the above posts.

Does it matter whether it is the slim version or not? and how would I be able to work out which type mine is. It doesn't call itself slim.

In all other respects the Fortuna is a wonderful GPS receiver.
I have it situated well below my dashboard in my Ford Focus, (with the heated front windscreen) and never have problems with it locking onto satellites.

Shame about the battery..... and customer service levels.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robsipaq wrote:
I emailed Fortuna yesterday about the battery problem and this morning they seem to be saying "what problem ?"
I haven't established if it is ONLY a Belkin problem - but looking at the two units Belkin/Fortuna seem just to be rebadged identical units.
I have yet to discover if the "Slim Fortuna" unit (mine) has a similar problem.
Which "Nokia cell phone battery" IS a direct replacement ???
More later .....

Regards


Have been away for a holiday - but Fortuna now say.... "The quality of the battery used by Fortuna products are carefully controlled
and do not have such issue. Sorry that we do not sell Nokia batteries, if
possible, you may kindly visit their website to see if they have it available. " - well not really helpful, as the quality issue seems,to be the battery manufacturer NOT Fortuna! I would STILL like to find a replacement- anyone got any further ???

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psyskiesman
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fortuna battery can indeed be replaced with a Nokia battery. The one you need is BLB-2; it's lithium-ion as opposed to lithium-polymer, so doesn't have such a high power rating, but it's still good for 6 hours continuous use. Searching on eBay I was able to buy one for just 1, no kidding!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:26 am    Post subject: Nokia BLB-2 battera for Clip-On Reply with quote

My BLB-2 has never given more than 5 hours, which is about what the original battery was down to when replaced. When new, the original battery would do 7 to 8 hours.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I to had the bubble battery problem it also failed quite early on in its life. I bought a Nokia clone battery which works great. In fact I bought 2 on ebay for about 3!! They last about 6 hours. Forget the original they cost about 12 plus postage.

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