GameCube Battery Pack Help

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GameCube Battery Pack Help

Post by Groundhawk » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:03 pm

I’m trying to find if anyone out there had torn apart their old battery packs to see the guys or replace the cells. I don’t want to be destructive if I don’t have to so I’m looking for help. I haven’t tried anything but all I can think is that I may need to try heating the superglue or use a dremel tool. It doesn’t hold a charge and I want to replace all the bad cells.
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Re: GameCube Battery Pack Help

Post by emu_kidid » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:52 am

Groundhawk wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:03 pm
I’m trying to find if anyone out there had torn apart their old battery packs to see the guys or replace the cells. I don’t want to be destructive if I don’t have to so I’m looking for help. I haven’t tried anything but all I can think is that I may need to try heating the superglue or use a dremel tool. It doesn’t hold a charge and I want to replace all the bad cells.
Just take caution when working with batteries, extreme heat and any sort of damage/puncture could be very bad for the battery pack in there and you, even if they are "bad cells" at this point.

Post pictures or a link to the same battery pack you have, you may receive better suggestions that way.
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Re: GameCube Battery Pack Help

Post by Papy.G » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:30 pm

No heat and no Dremel, you probably won't have to get to these extrems!

Industrial enclosures are usually assembled by screws, plastic clutch (clips/tabs), or glue/cast.

First, inspect the whole thing to see if there are screw heads hidden under stickers, rubber bumpers…
If no, look at the sides of the enclosure, you may find clues of tabs locking the two parts together, quite often, there is a thin groove between the two shells where you see the molding traces of where are the tabs. If it's the case, try to insert a thin plastic card between the two shells to unlock the tabs, sliding one edge can be enough to open the whole thing.
Sometimes, the locking tabs are not around, but a little inside. When it's the case, you'll find some rectanguar holes that are the exact location where locks are, you can then push in there with an appropriate screwdriver to release the tabs.
If it is glued or melted together (very unlikely due to the size of the shell and the fact it has batteries inside), you will break it open passing a sharp blade on the separating groove over and over again on the full round.
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