Sony Warns About Removing Clie Batteries
Sony has sent out updated information regarding the proper handling and recycling of the internal battery found in most Clie Handhelds. The company is warning users not to remove internal batteries under any circumstance for risk of injury and/or damage.
Sony recently posted this update on their Handheld support site. The notice reads in part, Most CLIÉ handhelds are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that offers long battery life. Sony is providing additional safety information below for the following Sony CLIÉ handheld models equipped with the capability to remove the internal lithium ion battery and which contained related removal directions for recycling in the models' operating instructions:
Affected models include the:
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Sony goes on to say there could be a risk of shock or short circuit, Lithium-Ion batteries are sensitive and should never be removed from the above-listed models unless the battery has been discharged. Simply because a unit may not operate does not necessarily indicate a battery has discharged. In addition, metal instruments such as pliers or tweezers should not be used to remove the internal batteries. Otherwise, a risk of short circuit and overheating could exist, potentially resulting in injury. Basically, Sony is suggesting the batteries should not be removed by users under any circumstance.
Sony Customers should disregard the directions in the operating instructions regarding battery disposal/recycling. When disposing of CLIÉ handhelds (or other Sony computer products), customers should instead visit www.eiae.org, a website maintained by the Environmental Issues Council of the Electronic Industries Alliance, for detailed information on local or national recycling programs available to U.S. consumers. Sony is a participating member of the Electronic Industries Alliance which promotes responsible disposal of electronic products. As always, if you are experiencing performance issues with your CLIÉ handheld, please visit Sony's CLIÉ customer support site.
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