[NTLK] Battery

Woody Smith woodysmith at me.com
Thu Dec 5 12:04:35 EST 2019

Frank this is the one that Stephanie used in her hack


I’ve used it in a couple of eMates, successfully as I recall. Requires removing some plastic from battery area. And care to not short circuit any connections 


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> On Dec 3, 2019, at 6:58 PM, Vladislav Korotnev <vladkorotnev at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for your warning Frank,
> One thought that springs to my mind about the current capabilities is,
> was it a holder with "spring"-type contacts or with "flat bent metal
> strip"-type contacts?
> For some reason I have a feeling the latter should withstand more
> current due to better surface area.
> That is, even if 1.2A-capable battery holders exist at all -- 'cause
> 1.2 amps is quite a ton for a usual AA battery pack in general.
> Worst case scenario, just don't charge them inside the eMate and use a
> simple charger externally instead, I guess.
> Best regards,
> On 12/4/19, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
>>> Ok so I bought 4aa Nimh rechargables and a plastic holder for them. I
>> wired them up to my emate 300
>>> and the batteries will not charge (says too much power so they wont
>> charge) and then says fault.
>>> What am i doing wrong here ?
>> Most likely you have forgotten to transplant the temperature resistor from
>> the old pack. See
>> <http://www.pda-soft.de/emate_battery_pack.html>
>> This will also explain why you can, but shouldn't, omit to also transplant
>> the overcurrent protection switch.
>> That being said: I'd strongly advise everyone to refrain from using an
>> off-the-shelf battery holder in his eMate. On and off, I've tinkered with
>> this for the last 15 years or so, and as yet I haven't found a seller who
>> was willing, let alone capable, to provide me with a data sheet that sheds
>> any light on the battery holder's contacts maximum current specification.
>> Contacts in a holder suitable for an eMate must be specified for a
>> continuous load of 1.2 Amps or more. This is bacause the eMate will be
>> charged with 1.2 Amps when using the original AC adapter.
>> Some years ago, when I tried this for the first time with a normal holder
>> like the ones you buy at Radio Shack, it took the eMate about five minutes
>> to melt the plastic surrounding the holder's metal contacts. This was
>> because the contacts couldn't withstand the charge current and became hot
>> like hell. Thank God most cheap battery holders' plastic develops a
>> disgusting smell when melting. So disgusting I was able to smell it one
>> floor below. Otherwise my house might have gone up in smoke.
>> I'm not kidding. Either insist on a datasheet and make sure the holder can
>> handle a continuous load of 1.2 Amps charge current, or forget it. Unless,
>> of course, you are homicidal or suicidally inclined...
>> Cheers
>> Frank
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