[NTLK] My Cannibal Battery Tray

Forrest newtonphoenix at mindspring.com
Sun Mar 24 06:45:22 EDT 2013

Congratulations! My hat is off to you, I didn't think it could be done.

Now, if there was a way to eliminate the nylon cord....

You deserve a spot in the Newton Hall of Fame; once we get around to building it. ;)


(Just so you know--the NiMH battery packs I have rebuilt [five of them] also don't have the "lid" on them.)

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On Mar 23, 2013, at 7:01 PM, Dana Gray <dalexgray at mac.com> wrote:

> Dear NewtonTalk Users,
> 	I tried 3D printing a battery tray on Shapeways, but they couldn't do it.  My Newton came with a dead battery pack and I found an earlier thread where someone showed a battery tray he built out of an old pack.  Not being inclined to give up easy I tried making my own tray out of my battery pack.  I thought I would share my experience here incase anyone wants to try.
> 	I don't have a rotary cutter, so I took my hobby knife and jeweler's saw to the pack.  I split the pack along the seam and chopped up the top into parts I thought I would want to glue back on.  Once I had the cells and thermistor out I took some springs from an 4xAA pack and put them in the case.  I soldered one spring to the metal plate that makes the negative terminal of the pack.
> Tray with the springs in place: http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/5840/img0286kr.jpg
> I ended up only putting a little piece of the "lid" back on.  The batteries are a tight fit, but they didn't pop out like I had feared.
> Tray with the batteries loaded: http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/1061/img0287eel.jpg
> Voltage checked out: http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/90/img0288ve.jpg
> I'm so clever! http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/3514/img0289ir.jpg
> I ended up drilling two tiny holes in the battery tray and looping some nylon cord through.  This helps a lot for getting the tray out.  I cover the cord with a little electrical tape.  http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4096/img0290x.jpg
> Best Regards,
> Alex
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