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Physicist
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:30 pm    Post subject: Removing the battery tray Reply with quote

I have mislaid the instructions that came with the Li-ion battery kit so am unsure how to remove the present battery tray from the unit. If I lever it out lugs may snap off. Advice appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The insructions say to pull it out from the left hand top corner i had to use more force than expected to remove mine but it did come out without braking.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I first got my Satmap I couldn't remove the battery tray in the way described either.

I contacted Satmap who suggested prising it out from the side,where there are four catches, with a fingernail or fine screwdriver.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. It worked even though it practically took my finger nails off!.

It does make me think though that this is an area Satmap should look at. Having to get the tray out/in and unplug/plug the connector when outdoors is not the easiest of tasks. And it is something that many of us will need to do when the Li-ion battery runs out.

It shouldn't be terribly difficult to design a tray incorporating a plug that goes straight into a socket (or uses spring contact) as the tray is pushed home. The battery could be 'wrapped' in a plastic case containing a similar plug or spring contacts, thereby dispensing with those wires and the teeny plug. All camera - and most mobile phone - manufacturers have managed it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite agree.

As I mentioned in another thread,I am surprised the plug arrangement ever got past product testing,it appears so fragile.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosun wrote:
I quite agree.

As I mentioned in another thread,I am surprised the plug arrangement ever got past product testing,it appears so fragile.


Yes, the plug is one of those generally designed for very occasional use. I mean for applications such as connecting internal circuits to power. THere is no strain relief and no matter how careful you are it's almost impossible to remove without loading the cable a little.

I guess that Satmap don't really expect them to be used all that often and to be fair the powerpack, once installed, will easily do a full days walking at the very least and quite probably closer to two days. If you aren't able to get to re-charge your powerpack by what ever means, then maybe using AAs in the conventional battery tray is the best way to go. I have a portable powerpack (3400mAH @5V) that I have used to recharge cameras, phones etc - haven't used it with the Active10 yet - but it should work - it's basically a 5V source with a USB connector.
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