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[aprssig] D7 batteries

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 4 23:14:25 UTC 2011

I was thinking of asking this same question several months ago.

Both my Kenwood (dead) and the Batteries America batteries (past its prime) have had it, so I looked at this.   I also acquired some really nice, internal protection, flat 3.7 V 1300 mah Li-Ion cells for a job last year.

 On the Kenwood pack I was able to break free the sides up to the upper and lower latch points.   Unfortunately the top and bottom edges appear to be welded and I haven't been able to even find the parting lines around the latch parts.
  Along the top looks obvious, but many passes with the Exacto failed to break through.
At the bottom, I can't see where the parting line is around the latch parts.

 I was wondering if it is viable to just cut the pack-front aross the top and bottom, inside the real parting lines, and get things out then back in.

I was thinkin' perhaps 'someone' is willing to destroy one and take photos, just to see how things look in-side...(;-)

73,  Steve, K9DCI

--- Stephen H. Smith wrote that:
> Bob Bruninga wrote:
> > Has anyone successfully ( and non destructively) opened 
> > an old D7 battery pack to replace the cells?  
> > mThey seem to be bulletproof...
> > Bob, Wb4APR
> > 
> > 
> > And responded with:
> Get the Batteries America replacement battery pack that
> holds 6 standard MNiH  AA cells for $25
> instead.   Works great, and you have the
> option to use standard non-rechargeable alkalines in the
> pack instead, in an emergency or in the field with no
> recharge source handy.
> <http://www.batteriesamerica.com/newpage9.htm>
> Scroll about 1/4 of the way down the page (or search on the
> page for   "BT-11h")/*_

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