Originally Posted by Suzukee
Thanks for the answers! Now that I've bought a TeamWave discharger, I'm going to make all my sticks into SxS.
I can see the flimsy battery tabs through the stick pack clear wrapper, so are this tabs going to work OK for the conversion? Or does it make much difference if I buy those purpose-built and much more solid battery bars?
Use the battery bars definitely.I always used the novak cross bars because they are cheaper than most and they accept solder really well. When you take the pack apart you will see that you cannot just leave the thin strips because the ones that are folded between the cells are too short to allow the batteries to sit side by side.
1- take the pack apart by cutting the shrink wrap off.
2- remove all the flimsy tabs which are spot welded to the cell.Usually they will pull off with a pair of pliers.
3 CAREFULLY dremel any left over pieces still spot welded to the cell until it is even with the rest of the surrounding area.
4- tin up all cell ends both pos. and neg.
5- use a small bead of GOOP(shoe goo, household goop etc.) to stick the cells together in the correct side by side pattern using a NON CONDUCTIVE straight edge to keep the pos. and neg. ends in line. allow the goop to dry OVERNIGHT.
6- solder the battery bars and conector lead in place.