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Old 07-26-2004, 07:51 PM
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Default Has anyone tried a rebuilt nicad battery for VHF.....

I finally got around to repairing my old ICOM M15 handheld and it turns out that the battery is spent.
ICOM gets about $140 for a new battery (ROTFLOL) but they even think it's ridiculous and told me to contact either W&W Assoc. or The Nicad Lady to see about getting my pak rebuilt.
It will run about $45 by the time I'm done and have a one year warranty.

Has anyone used either of these services and if so were you pleased?

Any other suggestions? Save my money and put it towards a new radio?


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Old 07-26-2004, 09:48 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried a rebuilt nicad battery for VHF.....

I'm on the left coast and have used The Nicad Lady for various rebuilt battery packs several times. Spouse has some German medical electronics that will cost you a Bertram down payment to get new batteries for! They dissected the battery pack and put a new one together for $47.

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Old 07-27-2004, 06:15 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried a rebuilt nicad battery for VHF.....

I've never replaced cells in the pack on an ICOM but I've done it on a JRC, an old Apelco, and I've done it to a good bunch of drill battery-packs. Its really no big deal. You pick up the batterys at Radio Shack and then just solder it, or them, in. If you're building a new battery pack just use the same size cells and wire it for soldering just like the old one, replace any protective tape they use as well. That is probably what you will end up doing. If its a battery that has failed pretty early and you suspect it is just a single cell that is dead, if you are right you can just replace that one cell. Anyway, that's how a lot of them are made, just common cells soldered together inside the plastic case. Just figure out how to open the case without breaking it and use the old fittings if you have to. Do the soldering just like you'd do if you were absolutly clueless about soldering. Tin the tip on your iron and pretin your wire. Then pretin a blob on the iron and spot solder it just as fast as you can touch it. Do not do it the right way (heating the surface to melt the solder), do it the wrong way, if that makes any sense. Oh, and keep an eye out on E-Bay for a replacement battery. They are not uncommon.

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Old 07-27-2004, 09:27 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried a rebuilt nicad battery for VHF.....

Tim , thanks for the primer.

The problem is opening the case. I spoke to the Nicad Lady (very nice and very helpful folks) and the told me opening the case on this particular battery is not easy to do and very easy to destroy the cases watertight integrity. So i'l let them monkey with it for another $12.00.


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