Fixing a Problem With Plantronics BackBeat Pro HeadphonessteemCreated with Sketch.

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro are great wireless headphones for music lovers on the go, including frequent travelers that do love to enjoy music and want to take advantage of the noise cancelling technology as well. They are well built and sound great, but that does not mean there are no things that may fail and cause you a problem. My pair did just that recently out of the blue and I was scratching my head trying to figure out why they suddenly stopped working at all when the day before the headphones were just fine.

The headphones were not charging anymore, nor did they turn on, but if I plugged in the USB into a computer the Plantronics software did detect them just fine and I could change settings. Not charging and not turning on anymore was clearly pointing at a problem with either the battery or the electronics responsible for the battery...

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Opening the headphones has confirmed my suspicion, the battery inside the headphones was the cause of the problem... it was "puffy" a clear sign that it was dead and measuring the voltage with a multimeter has confirmed that - 0V. Normally one would just send the headphones for a warranty replacement, if they are still in warranty, but being a curious tech guy I wanted to figure out the problem and solve it myself.

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Not only the battery was "puffy", but it seemed that it was also leaking as there was a notable corrosion on the protective circuit board of the LiPo cell powering the BackBeat headphones. Again, the headphones were working just fine the day before and they were charged, so imagine my surprise when I saw the situation with the battery inside.

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Anyway, fortunately I keep a stack of new LiPo cells with different capacity and sizes handy in order to be able to fix problems like this one with dead batteries. Checking what will fit inside the headphones I found an 850 mAh cell that fits perfectly and should in theory be able to provide about 30% more playtime compared to the original battery. After a bit of soldering time the new battery was in place, I checked that the headphones are back in action and the new battery is charging fine. So the Plantronics BackBeat Pro Headphones are now alive again and I'm yet to deplete the new fully charged battery to see if and what the extra playtime they will have with the replaced higher capacity battery.


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Amazing headphone..

Nice headphone dear

Thank you for this explainations I keep this post on my memo

It's nice headphone ever!!

@cryptos Sometimes you just have to be very handy yourself and make things work the way you would like them to...

Great job! Good thing you figure it out by yourself.

Never heard of this headset before but it looks cool :) also congratulations on figuring it out :)

It's good to be able to do that kind of work.

Nice post and even nicer fix. I saw you liked one of my posts so I wanted to come check out some of your stuff and saw this.

Somewhat unrelated but I recently had to do a simple solder job on my Razer headphones. I didn’t witness this happening, but my suspicion is one of my cats got the headphones stuck to them somehow, ran around the house, and knocked the left earphone right off the headphones. My computer is upstairs and somehow the headphones were downstairs wrapped around a chair, busted.

Either that or I did a bit of sleepwalking.

Nice post, cheers.

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wow, congratulation. you did it yourself. I love to do it my self but unfortunately i destroy most of the things while self me-chancing. Glad to hear it increased your running time. Seems to be cool headfone. if it works on blutooth. Thanks for sharing @cryptos

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nice post and headphone

I certainly do not use such big headphones .... I use vacuum ones, but for me the headphones are a big problem ... any firm all breaks down and very quickly .....

sir now you are a greet person i flower you this nice headphon boss

Wow! You are really a very hands-on technical guy. Great job in fixing the battery problem. If it is under warranty, most people would be scared to open it up to fix it since they can get it fixed for free. Battery problem is really quite common for many rechargable product. Knowing how to solder give you the upperhand as I do face such problem but very often we cannot just take it out to change but the requirement of soldering is needed. Thanks for showing this simple tip!

sometimes we feel comfortable with the availability of these tools, especially when traveling far, fun to hear music with the tool. but we can also be upset if the convenience is disrupted due to some technical errors. when buying it need to be careful. thank you for this nice information @cryptos

good post, thank you for visiting my blog

Thanks for sharing this music.
I like headphone .
Best of luck.

Wow amazing I like your post

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You have a unique mind.
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Nice post and nice headphone dear..

A great pair of headphones. Thank you for your review.

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You did a great job!
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So Good!

wireless phone is the perfect device for music listener, I am very impressed with your post

So that's what it looks like inside those ear phones, I follow you now.
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I was curious about you liking my post, I followed here and got caught with your post of fixing your headphone yourself! I do fix stuffs myself and curious in everything I get hold of! I think the cause of your bloated or puffy battery is overcharging! That cause your battery to swell and leak! So watch the time when your charging! Thanks for liking my post!

@cryptos wow great post thank you
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It is great you help to fix it! Thanks for support my blog, I support you too. :)

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