Metz battery packs

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by ned, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. ned

    ned Guest


    I've got two metz rechargeable battery packs.
    I simply can't figure out how to open them!

    They have the original metz rechargeable batteries in them, and they're
    totally dead, and I'd like to replace them. If anyone can tell me how to
    open them, that'd be great

    ned, Jul 18, 2004
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  2. ned

    Edge Guest

    donno if this is any help, but the big companies use a heated thingy
    (much like razor wire that gets very hot) and they open them at the
    seams, replace the batteries and use heat to reseal them.
    Edge, Jul 18, 2004
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  3. ned

    k Guest

    first you need to snap off the plastic sheath at the base where the connector to
    the flash unit is. (it's got a couple of lugs holding it together)

    you'll then need to desolder the pos and negative wires, then release a long
    screwq which holds the bottom casing to the top casing. After this the
    batteries will lift out and you can free them by desoldering the connection to
    the top part. The batteries need to be laid out and the connections carefully
    duplicated, noting that there's one long wire which does in fact need to be as
    long as it looks, even though reason tells you it doesn't, for it connects two
    seperate sections of the battery pack.

    to put everything back together, repeat in reverse :)

    it's a little fiddly..

    k, Jul 18, 2004
  4. ned

    me Guest

    I got some that you can load your own batteries. And one of them
    chargers Saga DR-6 (new) or the one on ebay item 3827908152 if interested.
    me, Jul 18, 2004
  5. ned

    Era Guest

    Might sound a dumb Q, but here goes....
    Can one use Metal Hydride instead of the Alkline, so that it has more
    power (2300 mAmps)???
    Era, Jul 19, 2004
  6. ned

    John Ewing Guest

    By alkaline I presume you mean Nickel Cadmium. Nickel Metal Hydride can
    generally replace the former, are slightly more expensive, but do not
    exhibit the "memory" effect of NiCds. And yes they do have higher energy
    Both types are readily available from Dick Smith and Jaycar.

    John Ewing, Jul 19, 2004
  7. ned

    Bushy Guest

    The Metz pack I looked at in pieces once had 6 volt sealed lead acid alarm
    type batteries. Similar batteries are used in those hand held rechargeable
    spotlights they sell at Supercheap and similar stores. The battery packs are
    great and will go for a couple of years. I use a couple of them on my Nikon
    flash unit with a pair of pretend AA wooden dowel batteries and thumbtacks
    in the ends to simulate the battery contacts, and a wire cable to the
    battery in my belt bag. The 6 volts from it would power and recycle my SB24
    (Big gutsy guide number) for hours and hours of rapid fire. They certainly
    recycle the flash much faster than AA batteries regardless of brand.

    These batteries are sold seperately for about $11.99. Or buy the better
    quality torch that has the back unscrew so you can swap the battery pack and
    use it as a charger as well as somewhere to keep the spare battery.

    Hope this helps,
    Bushy, Jul 20, 2004
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