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rcjordan

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gonna try my hand at
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:25:09 PM »
li-on battery terminal welding.

My power tool ecosystem is 18v Porter Cable, long obsolete. Battery pack replacements are getting crappier & crappier.  Over the last couple of years, well-rated nickel tab spot-welding machine has come down from $250 to $130 ...about what I spend every 2 years on crappy battery packs. Worth a try so I can use quality 18650 batteries and rebuild.

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Re: gonna try my hand at
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 03:49:57 PM »
I just saw an article about soldering titanium using ultrasound... maybe that's the next wave. Are lithium-ion battery terminals extra hard?

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 07:46:14 PM »
>soldering titanium using ultrasound...

That article was the catalyst to go looking at battery welders one-more-time.  Voila' prices have way down as more and more people start building their own ebike battery packs.

>Are lithium-ion battery terminals extra hard

Both ends of the battery is smooth and ready for spot-welding the nickel strip that bridges to the next battery.  I guess they have to be welded due to the high heat they generate when under load.

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 09:43:31 PM »
Ah. Makes sense. Solder would melt.