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I have been more than happy with my Turbocat DS30 lights. My bottle battery is fine, but the flat pack is toast. (5 d-cell NiCd)

Searching for an inexpensive replacement. The size and weight are not a problem. I've been happy with my run times and don't really want to change battery types.

Do I buy separate cells and Solder together? If so from what source?

What would you guys do?

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all electronics

Build your own.

http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/NCB-4500/NI-CD-RECHARGEABLE-D-CELL-4500-MAH/1.html

fsr1 said:
I have been more than happy with my Turbocat DS30 lights. My bottle battery is fine, but the flat pack is toast. (5 d-cell NiCd)

Searching for an inexpensive replacement. The size and weight are not a problem. I've been happy with my run times and don't really want to change battery types.

Do I buy separate cells and Solder together? If so from what source?

What would you guys do?

Mark D
 

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Thanks for the input. I just can't give Turbocat $100+.
 

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No use these

I just built a set with these and the run times are 3 times longer than the stock batteries. I built a previous set with 5000 mah Ni-cad and their run time is almost twice as long as the stock ones. The 10000 mah hydrides are way better in all aspects and they come with soldier tabs and are made for easy battery pack making. I also bought a smart charger from this site as the stock charger is wayyyyyyyyyyy to slow at 450 ma. The charger I bought charges up to 1.8 amp hrs which means I can fully charge my super set in about 5 hours. Run times should be close to 10 hours with my s25 turbocat with a 15w flood bulb and a 15w spot bulb. Stock came with a 10w flood I upgraded the flood to 15w .......... much better set up.

Batteries......... http://www.onlybatteries.com/showitem.asp?ItemID=14436.31&cat1=50&uid=1910

Charger............. http://www.onlybatteries.com/showitem.asp?ItemID=13215.14&cat1=12&uid=1041
 

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Love the different Ideas. Especially danoalb's.

Unfortunately I'm out of work, and have a family which means the kids come first. That also means I only have time to ride at night. See the dilemma?

The cheapest alternative seems to be building another NiCd pack myself.

Thanks Guys.
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I'd follow the suggestion to rebuild with same-spec NiCd D-cells, because the burn time probably matches your bar light and you already have the charger from the old battery. Just splice in the connector from the dead pack. Get the D-cells with tabs - makes the job easier.
 

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Why???

The OP is satisfied with the runtime of his old system. The OP is on a limited budget and did not really want to change battery types. We could all come up with really cool ideas on how to put together the "ultimate battery" but that does not answer his question.

danoalb said:
I just built a set with these and the run times are 3 times longer than the stock batteries. I built a previous set with 5000 mah Ni-cad and their run time is almost twice as long as the stock ones. The 10000 mah hydrides are way better in all aspects and they come with soldier tabs and are made for easy battery pack making. I also bought a smart charger from this site as the stock charger is wayyyyyyyyyyy to slow at 450 ma. The charger I bought charges up to 1.8 amp hrs which means I can fully charge my super set in about 5 hours. Run times should be close to 10 hours with my s25 turbocat with a 15w flood bulb and a 15w spot bulb. Stock came with a 10w flood I upgraded the flood to 15w .......... much better set up.

Batteries......... http://www.onlybatteries.com/showitem.asp?ItemID=14436.31&cat1=50&uid=1910

Charger............. http://www.onlybatteries.com/showitem.asp?ItemID=13215.14&cat1=12&uid=1041
 

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I'll tell you why

My super setup cost me only 40 bucks. I got the charger because I wanted faster charge times with so much power and let me tell ya there is nothing like firing up both lights ALL night long in the woods and not going dim. My stock lights were alright but but I was constantly running out of power in the woods. If I was running slow on easy terrain and only used the low beam I almost made it but now I can run in almost daylight all night with my new set up. Why wouildn't you upgrade for more than half the cost of a turbocat stock battery. I bought my 10000 nimh on sale for 8 bucks apiece so I was super stoked. You can budget the charger for the future. The only difference is a few bucks per battey between the weaker and hi mah cells so why wouldn't ya get the better one :skep:
 

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He needs a 5 cell pack to get his voltage. The current price of the batteries you linked puts him near $75. The setup he is satisfied with can be done for less than $20.

danoalb said:
My super setup cost me only 40 bucks. I got the charger because I wanted faster charge times with so much power and let me tell ya there is nothing like firing up both lights ALL night long in the woods and not going dim. My stock lights were alright but but I was constantly running out of power in the woods. If I was running slow on easy terrain and only used the low beam I almost made it but now I can run in almost daylight all night with my new set up. Why wouildn't you upgrade for more than half the cost of a turbocat stock battery. I bought my 10000 nimh on sale for 8 bucks apiece so I was super stoked. You can budget the charger for the future. The only difference is a few bucks per battey between the weaker and hi mah cells so why wouldn't ya get the better one :skep:
 
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