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Old 03-29-2003, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Way to mod the NTC3 for quick battery changes?

I love my NTC3 however changing the battery is a real pain, has anyone thought of a way to make it easier to change out the batt? or hold it in with screws and a clamp instead of a zip tie? also i am running the carbon fiber radio tray.
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Old 03-29-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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I love my NTC3 however changing the battery is a real pain, has anyone thought of a way to make it easier to change out the batt? or hold it in with screws and a clamp instead of a zip tie? also i am running the carbon fiber radio tray.
What battery are you using?
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Why dont you just charge the battery while its in the car? just disconnect the plug and hook it up to the charger, with the battery stillin the car. I saw somone who drilled holes in his upper deck and put long screws in them to keep the pack from coming out of the car, I guess you could put screws on both sides of the battery so its wedged between them and you dont have to use a fast tie.
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Some of the On/OFF switch comes with the plug for you to charge.
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Some of the On/OFF switch comes with the plug for you to charge.
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JR on/off switches have the 3rd wire that lets you charge your rx pack when the switch is in the off position.
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I want to switch the battery in and out. as unfortunate as it is i dont have time inbetween heats to charge the pack (or inbetween heats and the main) and i dont want to keep on topping it off when its 2/3 charged. so i figured having a second battery and going back and forth would work better.
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Well in all technicality, you can reuse zip ties... If you take your hobby knife and stick it between the little "gears" on the length of the zip tie and the locking mechanism that keeps it in place, you can push the locking mechanism back and then take the zip tie appart. Just push the locking mechanism back into place and you can reuse the zip tie at least a couple more times. I hope that makes sense...

If you want to ditch the zip ties all together, I'd just get some rubber bands around the battery holder to keep the batteries from falling out, and then maybe getting some of those snap in thingies that they have on backpacks and waist packs (I can't remember for the life of me what they are called). Anyway, you just take those (find ones that are as small as possible) and then screw them into the top of the graphite tray, just make sure that they hold the battery snugly in place. That should be reusable infinitely many times as long as your mounting screws hold. This should work on both battery types if you find a small enough snap assembly and widen the hole for the zip tie on the radio tray enough for the fabric of the snap assembly to fit through. Anyway, I hope that made sense.
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I want to switch the battery in and out. as unfortunate as it is i dont have time inbetween heats to charge the pack (or inbetween heats and the main) and i dont want to keep on topping it off when its 2/3 charged. so i figured having a second battery and going back and forth would work better.
just get a decent nimh pack that can be topped up and have no memory effect
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