I absolutely agree. I refuse to let my personal economics be driven by the replacement cycle imposed by a manufacturer who changes the format by just enough every 2 years that the new replacements won't fit the old devices. I do not have the personal income to support that luxury.
Originally Posted by Lightproof
I do rebuild some battery packs and I have a fair number of them that are hot glued back together. But I am willing to pay for a fair market valued repair service - - I no longer have the time to indulge in all the stuf I once did.
Please let us know how you proceed. Thanks.
I had an internet-based battery re-build outfit make a battery pack for a Rollei once and the cells they used were no-brand junk. I have never done that again. Now when I do it myself I select the proper Sanyo cells that work with the Rollei rapid charger.
I appreciate NiMH for their economy and being less toxic, but of the packs I've made up replacing NiCDs, I have to admit that NiCD had better shelf charge life. Any new-style low self-discharge NiMH yet in the oddball sizes sometimes encountered (e.g. can you readily get NiMH in 1/3A and 4/3A)? Too, if a device originally came with a constant trickle charger for NiCads, this won't be very healthful for cycling NiMH. Any thoughts about charging solutions, splicing proprietary plugs into an adapter for Universal Smart chargers?