My Palm Tungsten T3 was already three years old. I still like the Palm features although nowadays Windows Mobile is coming in very strongly in the market. Palm has not been catching up with their Palm Operating System as well as devices using it that they are getting side lined and overlooked. Even their new Palm Treo features Windows Mobile operating system as they did not want to lose out in the PDA handphone market.
Nevertheless I still liked my old Tungsten T3 but the battery has since worn down and could not hold a charge like it use to. Checking around with several PDA shops revealed that nobody repairs or replaces Palm devices. And if I were to sent it to Palm service center in Singapore it would surely cost a bomb to replace. I might as well buy a new PDA for the cost of replacement.
I remembered someone saying that you could purchase replacement batteries for Palm devices online and that you could quite easily change the battery yourself and do it quite affordably too. So a quick search revealed a couple of online companies selling replacement batteries. Later I even found some replacement batteries sold in Amazon.com as well and much cheaper too! But I’ve already bought mine by then. Still the vendor – Infinity Batteries – that I went for has 1100mAh Lithium Ion replacement battery while most of the others only had 850mAh which was even less power than the original 900mAh Tungsten T3 Li-Ion battery.
After contacting them about some technical issues about changing the battery and whether a higher capacity battery could fit well into a T3 casing or not, I decided to go for it.
I received a brown padded envelope package by registered post about one week later sent from their Hong Kong factory. The company HQ was located in USA but their factory was located in HK. Included with the package were 3 types of screwdrivers for opening the Palm and of course the all important item, the battery.
I made a printout from their website on how to change the battery and also search around the YouTube and found some videos showing how the Palm Tungsten was open and the battery changed. It looked so easy on YouTube the way they open the casing effortlessly. So when it was time for me to do it, it turned out to be pretty tough. You could see how I struggled in my own video. Sheesh… I hope I didn’t scare you guys who are planning to do your own battery change.
Sure it was tough. There were hidden clips, stuck screws, and glued ribbon connector and battery. Still I managed to change the battery albeit with some minor scratches on the side body. You need to be careful and see where you could force it out a little without breaking the case. Perhaps I should have used the hairdryer like one of the video to soften the adhesive with heat and thereby have an easier time at removing the various stuck parts.
Once the part was unstuck the glue was no longer sticky, so the next round when you change the battery it should be easier. As for the battery, I used a little blue-tac to stick to the backcase so it won’t drop out. The battery should be easy to remove the next time it needs replacing.
If you plan to use the normal charge rating of about 850-900mAh, I think the cheapest one would be in Amazon. But if you need a higher charge one like the one I got with a 1100mAh, then the only place you could find it is at Infinity Batteries. I chose the higher one because the Tungsten T3 really drains the power charge quite quickly, so may as well use a higher capacity battery for it.
After an initial overnight charge, the battery works like a charm! Restoring the software and data from backup, the Palm Tungsten T3 continued to work from where it left off. Just needed to reinstall one software as it could not be reloaded from a backup because of a frozen database. Other than that, the whole restoration process was rather smooth.
Here’s the link to Inifinity Batteries (www.infinitybatteries.com) 1100mAh if you plan to use a high capacity battery. [update 16/7/2010 – the website is gone, I guess they didn’t do well online. Pity, they are the only ones that I found that has the 1100mAh battery. Looks like you have to try Amazon or other sites for your battery purchase.]
Good luck to your battery change!
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