My friend in Japan has found a local japanese vendor for 6000 series batteries and they are genuine EA-BL09's supposedly manufactured less than a year ago, the price for each is about $90(ish) (that doesn't include of course shipping costs to get it from him to me in the US.) The vendor says they can get an unlimited quantity but he doesn't have it in stock at the local store, he's got to order it from another. He said it would take two weeks from order date to delivery date. I wanted to make sure this guy could really deliver because I didn't want to announce it to everyone, go to the trouble to get a group order together and have everyone get their hopes up and then have him fall through on me/us. We've ordered one as a test, if it pans out I'll repost in the forum and anyone who's interested can jump in with me. The only benefit I can think of to go this route rather than the one suggested in this thread is that these are genuine ea-bl09's so unverified compatibility concerns are not an issue.
Just keep your eyes on the 6k hardware forum- I'll report back and if it's good anyone that's interested can contact me. Otherwise this looks like a promising lead as well and maybe cheaper to boot. I'm not gonna be the first one to buy and find out if it's compatible and that's a fact.
One last thing, um... do all of you guys speak Japanese? I've noticed an ever increasing number of links in the 6k forums that all point to Japanese only websites. I really wanted to browse around that site that Guylhem pointed us to because I want to look at the Hitachi "copycat" you guys are talking about but the only picture in that link is a very small fuzzy battery pic. Can someone post a link to the actual Win-Zaurus? (Ouch it hurt to say that.) My curiosity is piqued and then some!
UPDATE: I figured out how to get translation. Not a great one but one none the less. For anyone wanting to look up the thing it's formal name is: FLORA-ie MX1 and there's no doubt at all about it. Externally anyhow it is a sharp Zaurus without the black paint (completely silver like the original SL-5x00's) and with Hitachi stamped on the front of it. From Hitachi's specs sheet the specs are completely identical to the SL-6000W except it has 128mb of Sdram. That being the case I cannot help but feel that internally and in EVERY aspect it's indeed a SL-6000W with a labotomy and two extra memory chips.
Here's a some fairly large detailed pictures I found so you can see for yourself:http://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/01.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/02.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/03.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/04.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/05.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/08.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/06.jpghttp://www.wince.ne.jp/review/katsuo/takas...1_review/07.jpg
and some smaller picshttp://126.96.36.199/translate_c?hl=en&u=...6lr%3D%26sa%3DGhttp://www.pdatoday.com/more/A2690_0_1_0_M/
If that battery doesn't fit our 6000's I'll eat my hat.
Makes me wonder though- Hitachi released the press info last February-March and we're just now seeing this stuff? Makes me wonder if they are actually manufacturing them or simply took the 'ol paintcan out and bought up the extra stock at a huge discount.
Can someone tell me how much one of these costs from that website that Guylhem mentions above? In any currency but USD preferred.
The thought HAS crossed my mind to buy one of these, switch out the internals reflash them to their opposites and then resell the silver one to offset the price.