When I bought my second-hand Nokia 5610, I discovered that its battery is bloated and it can’t recognize any microSD card. I went to Nokia Customer Care Center in SM City Manila and they said that the cause of my microSD card problem is the bloated cellphone battery that prevents the memory card from being locked to the phone. The technician said that the bloated cellphone battery is a sign that it is over-charged and may explode if not replaced soon. He suggested that I hut a new battery to fix my problems.

The price of the original battery for Nokia 5610 is about 1,200 pesos. That is too expensive for my budget so I tried to find some alternatives. I discovered that there many batteries for Nokia phones that are not original Nokia batteries but at a cheaper price.
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1. Ask Around or Do Some Canvass

I discovered about the alternative battery for my Nokia 5610 by doing a price a canvass. I asked visited different shops and asked for available cellphone batteries. They usually offer the original cellphone battery, the “class A” cellphone battery, and the Lim Hong cellphone battery. I asked about the warranties and the prices for each battery so I know what is the best deal for me.

2. Investigate Through the Internet

Before buying, I do some little investigation using the Internet so that I will what is the reaction of some people on the battery that I am choosing to buy. Reactions of other buyers are valuable in knowing if the cellphone battery that you will buy for your is reliable.

3. Buy from Legitimate Shops

There are street vendors who sell cellphone batteries. Avoid buying batteries from them because they do not give warranty to the products that you bought. If the battery is defective, then you will find it hard press them for a replacement. I bought my batteries from a shop inside the mall so that I could easily visit them if the battery for my Nokia 5610 is defective.

4.  Ask for Discounts

Buying from a shop inside a mall does not mean that you could not strike any discount. Ask for discount. I bought my Lim Hong cellphone battery with a discount of 100 pesos from the original price.

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12 comments
  1. foongpc September 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

    Thanks for the tips! But I usually buy original batteries as I find that they last longer : )

  2. Ishmael Fischer Ahab September 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

    Haha...you are correct. But for a cheapskate like me, class A and Lim Hong batteries is just fine. Also, I need to have that battery and I don't have the money to buy the original one

  3. Ishmael Fischer Ahab October 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

    I will update you guys for my review of the Lim Hong battery.

  4. krizzyla October 24, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

    This is true in the Philippines it is very rare were you can get the original one. And most of the products now are made by Chinese.

  5. Ishmael Fischer Ahab October 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

    Not very rare Krizzyla because original cellphone batteries are present in the malls. Maybe it depends on the model of the battery and since few Filipinos buy original batteries, I guess the supply of original batteries are low.

    Yes. The Chinese are now aggressive in the global market market. They have many products that are competing with the ones made in the US or Japan.

    Thanks for the visit. ^_^

  6. Ishmael Fischer Ahab October 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

    Not very rare Krizzyla because original cellphone batteries are present in the malls. Maybe it depends on the model of the battery and since few Filipinos buy original batteries, I guess the supply of original batteries are low.

    Yes. The Chinese are now aggressive in the global market market. They have many products that are competing with the ones made in the US or Japan.

    Thanks for the visit. ^_^

  7. mots October 29, 2010 at 8:19 AM  

    delikado yan. may nabili ako dating original, pero iba ang manufacturer. gulo ano? basta hndi sya imitation ng nokia pero ka-uri nya, hehe

  8. Ishmael Fischer Ahab October 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

    Haha! Ang gulo nga mots. :-P

    Baka nagpa-outsorce na yung Nokia for their batteries kaya may ganyang kaguluhan.

  9. Logo Design December 22, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

    The most important part of a cell phone is it's battery. If one settle for a cheap one, then he/she might face a number of problems. So it is always wise to buy genuine products.

  10. Ishmael Fischer Ahab December 23, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

    You are correct Logo Design. However, some of non-genuine cellphone batteries are reliable. You just have to make sure though.

  11. Zac October 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM  

    Hi, Ishmael Fischer Ahab,

    Please give your update regarding Lim Hong cellphone batteries.

    Are Lim Hong batteries high quality?

  12. Ishmael Fischer Ahab October 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM  

    Zac

    I can't say if Lim Hong is high quality.

    What I can only say that I disn't experience any problem when I used this battery. It worked fine.