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#1 marc barbé

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 06:15 AM

Hi,
My beaulieu R16 batteries are not holding charge long enough any more. I tried to open the battery handle, figuring I'd just put an 8V batterie in there. In vain. Does anyone know if these batteries can be opened and how?
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Marc.
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#2 Jean-Louis Seguin

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:42 PM

Of course they can be re-celled. It takes six 1.2V Ni-Cd cells. If you have the 1000mA size, the are easier to do because the contact plate is independent of the cells. The 600mA version is a bit of a pain as the + contact is the top of the first cell.

It is a job probably best left to a specialist but if you feel you want to do it yourself, I can walk you through the process in another posting.

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#3 Ian Cooper

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 04:34 PM

Hi,
My beaulieu R16 batteries are not holding charge long enough any more. I tried to open the battery handle, figuring I'd just put an 8V batterie in there. In vain. Does anyone know if these batteries can be opened and how?
Regards,
Marc.


It's pretty straight forward if you're happy with a soldering iron. The pack contains x6 1.2V rechargeable cells, giving a total nominal voltage of 7.2V

To get inside you need to carefully prise out the blank disc which is on the opposite end of the pack from the terminals. I did this by tweaking it slightly in a bench vice. The gentle distortion was enough to pop the corner up so I could get a lever underneath to pull it away from the glue.

With that out of the way you'll find a screwed collar with two holes it in. Place a couple of pins in these holes so you can unscrew and remove the ring. Under the ring is a disc of insulating material, then you reach the cells themselves. You'll probably have to cut away some white silicone type glue as you go along, but it peels off fairly easily.

To remove the cells you'll need to unscrew the circuit board with the battery connections on, this will allow you to unsolder the wires from the rear of it (making a note of which wire goes where!). The pack of cells can now be removed and replaced with nice fresh ones. The march of technology means you can actually get cells with a larger electrical capacity but smaller physical size.


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Ian.
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#4 marc barbé

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:36 PM

It's pretty straight forward if you're happy with a soldering iron. The pack contains x6 1.2V rechargeable cells, giving a total nominal voltage of 7.2V

To get inside you need to carefully prise out the blank disc which is on the opposite end of the pack from the terminals. I did this by tweaking it slightly in a bench vice. The gentle distortion was enough to pop the corner up so I could get a lever underneath to pull it away from the glue.

With that out of the way you'll find a screwed collar with two holes it in. Place a couple of pins in these holes so you can unscrew and remove the ring. Under the ring is a disc of insulating material, then you reach the cells themselves. You'll probably have to cut away some white silicone type glue as you go along, but it peels off fairly easily.

To remove the cells you'll need to unscrew the circuit board with the battery connections on, this will allow you to unsolder the wires from the rear of it (making a note of which wire goes where!). The pack of cells can now be removed and replaced with nice fresh ones. The march of technology means you can actually get cells with a larger electrical capacity but smaller physical size.


Regards,
Ian.


Much obliged to you both,
Marc.
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