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Replacement battery(3 posts)

Replacement batteryBirddog
Nov 7, 2001 7:14 AM
The battery on my Specialized "El Cheapo" headlight is going nuts and I think it is doing the death twitch. I'm trying to find a source for a replacement battery that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. My whole system only cost about $70(closeout) so I'm not in the mood to pay more than that for just a battery pack. Presently, I have a 6V NiCad battery and charger. I wouldn't mind upgrading to NMH if it wasn't exorbitant. I'd even cobble up my own, if I could just find a decent battery source. I have read the stuff about batteries below, but they raise as many ?'s as answers.
I've also tried to break into the bottle style container , but am unable to figure out how it goes together, anybody have info on this?
TIA
Birddog
re: Replacement batteryKStone
Nov 7, 2001 2:22 PM
Take the battery you have to a battery shop (yellow pages) that rebuilds battery packs. You could call ahead and ask for an estimate. A good shop will take apart the pack and price a replacement. Taking the charger may help them better identify the battery without opening it up.

Many battery shops have websites that have prices and will educate us barefoot pilgrims about the world of batteries. Lots of info, when most of us are only looking for the best price, unless you're a techno geek.
My experience is this route gets you an equivalent battery at 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of a "factory" replacement.

If price is of no concern, buy a replacement from some light manufacturer.

KStone
re: Replacement batteryfishwheel
Nov 8, 2001 11:25 AM
When I built my light last winter I ordered a battery through digi-key. Their prices are quite reasonable.

http://www.digikey.com/

The water bottle batteries I've seen just had a series of NiCads connected,and then some sort of filling foam to protect the batteries and prevent movement.

There is lots of info on the web about rechargeable batteries, if you look around. That's how I figured out what I needed to do for my system.