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#1 (permalink)      4/9/2021 9:44:43 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Gigirat67
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Fishing for ideas
I’m looking for a good replacement for the battery compartment ribbon. Not an easy fix : it has to be very thin and quite strong. Contact spring is really hard and battery compartment is super tight.
The original one was worn out after a few months and everyone since then wears out within weeks... except for the current one but it’s super ugly : it just spoils it.
Any ideas?
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I just smack it on my palm to get the battery out now. You can try to wrap a piece of tape around the battery and create a tab to use to pull it out.
Maybe try bending the top contact in more?
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Ribbons/tabs have never been inside my BBs. Percussion works just fine.
#4 (permalink)      4/9/2021 3:50:12 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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I just pry with the tip of my finger from the positive side pushing it towards the negative.
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push in the metal contact a few times to loosen the tension... shouldn't need a ribbon..
#6 (permalink)      4/9/2021 8:13:45 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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SKU 8841700 Mods like this once came with pull tabs that were heavier duty and wrapped around the battery. You can see it in the photos. I've really only seen these on older Chinese squonks that aren't available anymore. Most people I see use this method these days wrap tape around, leaving a short tab, like mentioned earlier.

I use a lot of transparent panels, so I never use a strap...I just pry down from the top with a fingernail or something...some batteries are shorter, so try out different ones...I use "brownies" by LG because they are a tad shorter, and really come in and out much easier than Sony or Samsungs.

Of course, if you've got a SXK, you can USB charge!
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Yep, the "65" in "18650" is like the Pirate Code - more a guideline than an actual rule. (26650s, when they were a thing, would vary by almost 3mm in length model to model. Some cells wouldn't install; others wouldn't make contact at all.)
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This is also one of the rare circumstances when "double wrapping" it might not be such a good thing.
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So many of these out and I haven't seen a hole milled through the back side so the battery can be push out.
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If you have mighty claws, like me, I use my nails to pry the battery out like Carrion4worm and Dustin69 mentioned.
However a simple solution I've applied to friend's batteries is to loop some invisible/magic tape around the battery, and cutting them so there are 2x1cm tabs at each end, with the two sticky ends stuck together to create a 1cm tab you can use to pull the battery out with.
If it doesn't work how you'd like, it's easy enough to remove the tape with minimal mess and it's inexpensive.

I'll make one now to show you what I mean:

I don't like smacking mods because it risks damaging the internals.

Edited on 4/10/2021 at 6:26 PM. Reason:
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Thanks to all for the good feedback and great ideas. I’m not the smacking type and my claws are for ukulele strings only.
I already did a bit of flexing of the upper contact but it’s still tight, probably room for improvement on that front, I’ll look into it.
I’ll try invisible tape and see how that works.
Thanks again