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09-15-2013, 01:14 PM - 9 Likes   #1
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Disassembling D-Li90 battery clone

Ever since I got my K10d back in the days I wandered what hides inside the battery. With years I learned what could be expected but I still wanted to open one up. If only one of my batteries would die. No such luck until lately. I received a pair of D-Li90 clones for my K5 and one of them was dead. Rather than asking for a refund I decided to open it up.


-1- Dead D-Li90 clone with declared capacity of 1800mAh



-2- Opening it up took some work with aknife. Inside there is a protection circuit and two 18500 batteries with capacity of 1400mAh!


-3- New Sanyo 18500 1700mAh batteries soldererd in place.


-4- Since the old batteries were discharged below the safe limit the over-discharge protection blocked the circuit - I couldn't get a voltage read from contacts on the D-Li90 housing. Inserting it in charger unlocked the circuit.


-5- The battery charged as usual and was at 8,4V when the green light on charger went out.


Tomorrow I'll try it in K5.
The third contact (T) indicates that the original battery has temperature sensor. It most likely blocks charging if battery is too hot. The lack of it poses no threat as long as one doesn't charge hot batteries.


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Great work. Thnaks for sharing!
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That is very interesting, I have never really thought to open one up! And for some reason i never expected the batteries to actually be AA shaped.. it makes sense when i think about it, but i always assumed they were made a particular shape because of the inner structure.
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If the battery pack is ~20x55x40mm (like many camera batteries) then bet your a** it has two 18500 cells. What manufacturers do is they just pack them in different containers

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QuoteOriginally posted by Matjazz Quote
If the battery pack is ~20x55x40mm (like many camera batteries) then bet your a** it has two 18500 cells. What manufacturers do is they just pack them in different containers
Yeah that makes sense when I thought about it, since 18500 cells are cheap and mass produced, all they need to do is make it into a proprietary shape and whack a big price tag on it. Result large profit margins.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Matjazz Quote
If the battery pack is ~20x55x40mm (like many camera batteries) then bet your a** it has two 18500 cells. What manufacturers do is they just pack them in different containers
Awesome... so now we know you can use K5 for a long time even they no longer produce it's "dedicated battery"...
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Yeah, this is a wonderful post! Something so simple that can be very beneficial to the community, if/when the D-LI90's are no longer in production. I'm surprised someone hasn't posted this before (at least not that I am aware of).
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Thank you Matjazz for this interesting and useful thread. $15 for 2x 18500 cells or $80-90 for a replacement D-Li90 OEM pack. Hmm... I'll remember this in the future if I need to replace my K-5 battery back.

- Craig

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Thank you Matjazz for this interesting and useful thread. $15 for 2x 18500 cells or $80-90 for a replacement D-Li90 OEM pack. Hmm... I'll remember this in the future if I need to replace my K-5 battery back. - Craig
My thanks, too ... I have the same sentiments here ... will keep this in the back of my mind, J
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And if you want to build a new battery pack for your laptop, you'll need about six 18650's.
By the way, the numerical designation for those batteries comes from their metric size. ie 18mm diameter x 65mm long, or in the case of 18500's, 50mm long.

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by the way, what is the max mAh the 18500 battery can get?
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To my knowledge it's Panasonic NCR18500 at 2000mAh but they're impossible to get. Sanyo are available on FastTech
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I bet about >97% of the bigger sized consumer products specific products are built this exact way, they just package the sells in a "very expensive" plastic shell. The cells are pretty cheap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
I bet about >97% of the bigger sized consumer products specific products are built this exact way, they just package the sells in a "very expensive" plastic shell. The cells are pretty cheap.
Correct t but they also use proprietary larger cells known by most of us as D or C cells, which are also readily available with tags for soldering into packs . My electric bike runs on 36volts using rechargeable D cells
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I just bought a Patona charger and two 1400mAh D-LI90 clones. I was counting on the capacity on the label being mostly marketing, as it is with some AA batteries as well (e.g. "2700mAh" AA's are mostly just around 2000mAh). So 1400mAh wouldn't be so low after all. Seeing as this battery is labeled 1800mAh while it actually contains 1400mAh cells, it seems I was right.

Now, the million dollar question is.... what is the capacity of the cells in original D-LI90s?
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