Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Olympus DS-5000 Replacement Battery BR403 Discontinued – Now What?

Voiced by Amazon Polly

Olympus DS-4000 DS-5000 battery BR403 discontinued - what options now?

Olympus BR-403 Rechargeable Battery for Olympus DS-5000 Digital Dictaphone Discontinued

We just sold our last Olympus BR-403, the replacement rechargeable battery for the ageing, yet still in many peoples cases fully functional, Olympus DS-5000 dictaphone. In our time we had sold over 500 of these batteries clearly showing that the recorder was easily outlasting the batteries.

So if you own a DS-5000 and your rechargeable battery is on the way out now what?

You have three options:

  1. Use 2x AAA alkaline batteries in your Olympus DS-5000
  2. Upgrade to the latest Olympus digital dictaphones and replace your DS-5000
  3. Switch to the Olympus Dictation App on your smartphone

Let’s look at these options in more detail.

Use 2x AAA alkaline batteries in your Olympus DS-5000

Olympus DS-5000 use 2x AAA Alkaline Batteries Inserted

You can insert 2x AAA alkaline batteries into the battery compartment of the Olympus DS-5000, if you look closely you will see a diagram showing which way around the AAA batteries need to be inserted. They obviously won’t charge and nor can you pop rechargeable AAA’s into the device and hope that the cradle will charge them. But this will keep your Olympus DS-5000 powered and useable but you will need to have a supply of AAA’s always on hand. A pair of new AAA batteries in the Olympus DS-5000 should last for around 15 hours of audio recording.

Upgrade to the latest Olympus digital dictaphones and replace your DS-5000

The Olympus DS-5000 is now two generations behind, the latest Olympus digital dictaphones which compare to the DS-5000 are the wifi-enabled Olympus DS-9500 and the Olympus DS-9000. Both models have a similar look and feel to the DS-5000, both have the slider switch, what has changed is a bigger, clearer screen and improvements in the microphones for even better audio clarity.

Olympus DS-9000 and DS-9500 Digital Dictaphone for macOS and Windows
Olympus DS-9000 and DS-9500 Digital Dictaphones

Switch to the Olympus Dictation App on your smartphone

Olympus Dictation App with ODDS Subscription Free TrialOlympus released a smartphone app for dictation a few years ago which has proven to be very popular. Sure if you look on the iOS App Store or Google Play there are a huge number of dictation apps to choose from.

What makes the Olympus Dictation App with an ODDS (Olympus Dictation Delivery Service) subscription different is that it is the only app that can send DSS Pro (.ds2) audio files. Why is this important? It is exactly the same audio format that your DS-5000 creates, so when you send there is no disruption to your typist’s workflow, we can even use the same Author ID and work types that you had defined on your DS-5000. Secondly, if you are a legal or medical author, client confidentiality is essential, the DSS Pro audio format as well as being encrypted as it travels over the internet can also have individual file encryption. This means is someone gets ahold of your dictation file, without the encryption password they are not able to listen to the audio.

Dictate Australia offer a 60 day free trial of the Olympus Dictation App, no hard sell, no credit card details required they will set everything up, configure your licence and give clear simple instructions on how to connect your smartphone to the ODDS licence. Click here for details on the 60 day free trial of the Olympus Dictation App and ODDS Subscription.

 

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.