Resolve “Battery cannot be charged. You must use a Sony Ericsson battery.” on Sony Ericsson C903

Here is a quick post on how to resolve the “Battery cannot be charged. You must use a Sony Ericsson battery.” message when connecting a Sony Ericsson to the charger.

First you will need the Sony Ericsson DCU-60 data cable, I purchased this from eBay for $2 including worldwide shipping.

Secondly, download the Sony Ericsson Update Service software.

Once the cable arrives, connect it to your phone and run the Update Service software, most likely you will receive a phone is already updated message, ignore that and continue to update the software, after a large download and install follow the prompts to update the software.

That should be all that is needed to resolve Battery cannot be charged issue.

Battery cannot be charged. You must use a Sony Ericsson battery.

Fake/Counterfeit Canon NB-4L batteries

I thought I would share my experience regarding fake Canon NB-4L batteries. Let me start by saying I own a Canon IXUS 55, with the girlfriend owning a Canon IXUS 40 both using the Canon NB-4L Battery. I have purchased two spare batteries from eBay, with one of the purchased batteries looking to be fake. The following photos show the four batteries with the differences circled in red and reasons for this belief.

Firstly, a front photo of the four batteries, the lower right battery is the fake. Circled in red is a single linear indent on the fake battery whilst the real batteries have two linear indents. The text on the fake is also quite blurry.

Front photo of the four batteries, the lower right battery is the fake

Secondly, a back photo of the four batteries, the lower right battery is again the fake and again the single indent can be observed on the fake. Circled in red is the caution text which again is blurry. It can be observed that the words on each battery are different, and hence I believe is not a good indication to its authenticity.

Back photo of the four batteries, the lower right battery is again the fake

Lastly, a isometric view of the four batteries, the lower battery is the fake. Circled in red is a little rectangle, with the genuine batteries having a rectangle piece of plastic stuck on while missing on the fake battery. This would have been to save on manufacturing costs.

Isometric view of the four batteries, the lower battery is the fake

There are other differences, but those above are the most obvious. Click on the above images to display high resolution photos.