Charging a Neo battery in a Nokia charger or phone (was: Re: dead battery)

Nick Matteo openmoko at
Tue Sep 30 23:30:30 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 5:11 PM, Michael Shiloh <michael at> wrote:
> Exactly right. My understanding is this:
> Nokia devices (phones and stand-alone chargers) will not charge
> non-Nokia batteries, most likely because they can't be sure they have
> the correct charging parameters.
> Most after-market or no-name brands of Nokia-compatible chargers don't
> test the make of the battery, most likely because adding the capability
> to perform this test would add to the cost of the charger.
> Thus:
> * You can use a Nokia or Nokia-compatible BL-4C, BL-5C, or BL-6C in the Neo
> * You can charge the Neo battery in a Nokia-compatible charger that is
> not Nokia branded
> * You can NOT charge the Neo battery in a Nokia branded phone or charger
> Michael

Thanks for this helpfully complete characterization.
Do you happen to know if a Nokia battery (such as the BL-5c) will
charge in the FreeRunner?


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