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Soldering Ni-cads Together

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wbertram

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57Bill said:
What is the secret to getting rosin core solder to stick to a ni-cad battery terminal?
It is unlikely you will ever be able to form a good, reliable, solder connection to the battery shell of a NiCd battery. The material of the case is incompatible with Sn/Pb solder, and I believe with any of the substitutes for Sn/Pb.

I have gotten around this by buying NiCd batteries with welded solder tabs on them. RS used to carry/sell them. I don't know if they still do.
 

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If you can use NiMH batteries for your application, try these. I've used them and they worked well. Much better than Nicads.

MAHA AA - 2000 mAh NiMH ( Nickel Metal Hydride ) Rechargeable Batteries with Solder Tabs
http://www.nimhbattery.com/maha-tab-batteries.htm

I've soldered Nicads in the past (a long time in the past).
File off the plating, use extra flux, and use a very hot, big soldering iron very briefly.
Rich
 
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Scratch the ends of the cells with a screwdriver. Use a hot iron (15 to 30 watts is plenty) and quickly tin one end. Only one or two seconds of contact should be required. Let the cell cool before tinning the other end (work on the next cell while you're waiting). Pre-tin the connecting wires. Attach them quickly with a hot iron.
 

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Thanks, guys!
I have a battery shop nearby (they sell all kinds of batterys) that has some kind of a welder they use to join Nicads together (for a fee). Does anyone know if a "consumer version" of such a device exists? How about that "cold solder" device I saw advertised on TV?
Bill57
 

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your best bet, go somewhere like Interstate battery or something you might have like it, i dd for my htx 202, and they had nicads and nimh battersy and they put the tabs on them, like you would from the factory for free since i was buying the batterys/ nice professional job....
 

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I've soldered rechargable batteries together for years. I would always use plenty of flux and roughen up the area I was going to solder with a file or crocus cloth.

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