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PowerBook Battery Toast - Mod Hack Needed

Message #1 - Posted 2003/08/14 - Gary

I have a couple Pizmo Powerbooks, one with a battery that is completely toast (can't charge period). What I am wondering is, can anyone tell me if it is possible to hack the battery pack so that I can gut the NiCad battery from the pack and possibly jury rig a bunch of AA's (rechargable or dry cell)?

At almost $300 for a replacement, it could be well worth the experiment. And since I have a battery pack that is otherwise useless, I have nothing to loose, as far as the pack is concerned.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
Gary

Message #2 - Posted 2003/08/14 - Brian Paul Ehni

On 8/14/03 9:58 AM, in article 140820030858500956%gary@NOSPAM.invalid, Gary wrote:

I have a couple Pizmo Powerbooks, one with a battery that is completely toast (can't charge period). What I am wondering is, can anyone tell me if it is possible to hack the battery pack so that I can gut the NiCad battery from the pack and possibly jury rig a bunch of AA's (rechargable or dry cell)?

At almost $300 for a replacement, it could be well worth the experiment. And since I have a battery pack that is otherwise useless, I have nothing to loose, as far as the pack is concerned.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

How about this?

http://www.macyummies.com/battecliionb1.html

Less than 1/2 what you think.

Brian

Message #3 - Posted 2003/08/19 - Gary Sumlak

in article BB61AEFE.42B09%behni@comcast.net, Brian Paul Ehni at behni@comcast.net wrote on 8/14/03 8:26 PM:

On 8/14/03 9:58 AM, in article 140820030858500956%gary@NOSPAM.invalid, Gary wrote:

I have a couple Pizmo Powerbooks, one with a battery that is completely toast (can't charge period). What I am wondering is, can anyone tell me if it is possible to hack the battery pack so that I can gut the NiCad battery from the pack and possibly jury rig a bunch of AA's (rechargable or dry cell)?

At almost $300 for a replacement, it could be well worth the experiment. And since I have a battery pack that is otherwise useless, I have nothing to loose, as far as the pack is concerned.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

How about this?

http://www.macyummies.com/battecliionb1.html

Less than 1/2 what you think.

Brian

Forgot to mention I'm in Canada, so once you factor in the Canadian exchange rate + S&H + border cost, it comes to about the same price.

Thank You,
Gary

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Message #4 - Posted 2003/08/18 - Brian Paul Ehni

On 8/18/03 11:18 PM, in article BB67013C.70FC%garys4@NOSPAM.yahoo.com, Gary Sumlak wrote:

in article BB61AEFE.42B09%behni@comcast.net, Brian Paul Ehni at behni@comcast.net wrote on 8/14/03 8:26 PM:

On 8/14/03 9:58 AM, in article 140820030858500956%gary@NOSPAM.invalid, Gary wrote:

I have a couple Pizmo Powerbooks, one with a battery that is completely toast (can't charge period). What I am wondering is, can anyone tell me if it is possible to hack the battery pack so that I can gut the NiCad battery from the pack and possibly jury rig a bunch of AA's (rechargable or dry cell)?

At almost $300 for a replacement, it could be well worth the experiment. And since I have a battery pack that is otherwise useless, I have nothing to loose, as far as the pack is concerned.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

How about this?

http://www.macyummies.com/battecliionb1.html

Less than 1/2 what you think.

Brian

Forgot to mention I'm in Canada, so once you factor in the Canadian exchange rate + S&H + border cost, it comes to about the same price.

Gotcha. Sorry.

Brian

Message #5 - Posted 2003/08/25 - Gary

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Gotcha. Sorry.

Brian

No problem. Your link did give me a reference for what the voltage needs to be. I'll try to get something working, and if I can get the bugs worked out, maybe I can patent it and sell a kit! :-)

Thanks,
Gary Sumlak
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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