Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

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Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

Post by atlas » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:07 pm

Can someone explain how to open a battery pack for the DCS 500, 600 and 700 series cameras?

Do I need to cut around the seam like with a Nikon D1 pack?

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Re: Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

Post by atlas » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:33 pm

I figured I'd cap this off since no one else answered.
As I learned from Jim McGarvey, the two comprising plastic panels of the battery pack are ultrasonically welded to one another requiring the seam to be cut. I just used a utility blade, be careful not to cut yourself as it can be easy to slip off of the plastic considering the shallowness of the groove and the slickness of the material.

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Re: Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

Post by Stan Disbrow » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:57 pm

Hi,

I want to let you know that I missed this post completely. I would have had a look at one of my packs to see how it might be done. Yes, things are usually ultrasonically welded. I use a fat metal handle X-acto knife and a very small ball peen hammer to crack packs open. ;)

Not that I have needed to with Kodak packs. They are still available cheap enough on eBay that I just buy those. Or, they were two years ago when I bought my last two.

Stan
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Re: Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

Post by atlas » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:51 pm

How do they perform?
I was planning to solder in some Eneloops after my experience with Chinese Ni-MH packs.
The aftermarket Li-Ion packs I bought for some of my cameras like a 350D work great, but when I bought some for my 1D, they were terrible.
Even after sitting overnight on the charger, they might hold a charge for just several days before not even being able to power up the camera.

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Re: Opening DCS Battery Pack for Cell Replacement

Post by Stan Disbrow » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:39 pm

Hi,

They work as well as the original Kodak packs did. That is around 200 shots on the 760c per charge. Is OK. The most memory it can use is 2 GB. 225 shots. So, change card and battery at the same time.

They are all Chinese made cells these days, no matter who you buy them from.

I stick with NiMH. I *never* cross up chemistries. That is a good way to have a *poof*. Esp Li Ion where they were not originally. Too danged persnickity. They wanna go *poof* naturally.....

Stan
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