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Replacing dead batteries in a iRobot Dirt Dog
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Mikey Sklar’s Dirt Dog battery pack was kaput. He took it apart, found the dead cell in the pack, and replaced it with a NiMH AA rechargeable.

iRobot Dirt Dog Battery

14 thoughts on “Replacing dead batteries in a iRobot Dirt Dog

  1. This is not such a good idea. The AA batter is considerably different in capacity to the existing batteries and will be subject to overchanging when the pack is charged.

    The battery charger will have been sized to expect all the batteries are the same size.

    It will work for a while but the AA battery will fail and could potentially explode when charged.

    Far better to actually remove the dead cell and wire across ad the loss of one cell is minor in comparison in a large battery pack.

    Even better get another Nicad/NiMH cell of the same size – they are readily available from even supermarkets now.

    As a last comment are they NiMH cells – I would have perhaps expected them to be Nicads. – Is so even less reason to replace a Nicad C cell with a NiMH AA cell. Different charging characteristics.

    1. I tried this on a couple of things but could never get the solder to stick to the new battery. The solder just would not stick to the battery terminal. Any advice would be appreciated.

      1. Your best bet is to use batteries with solder tabs – they can be bought from most electronic supply places.

        If you are using batteries without solder tabs, the best way to attach is not soldering but spot-welding. However not many people have the gear for that.

        If you have no option but to solder, make a pool of solder on the end of the cell, and with a sharp object, scratch the surface of the metal underneath the molten solder. You must get through the shiny surface of the metal without exposing the scratched area to the air. Doing this will allow the solder to stick, but you must keep the time you apply heat to the cell to a minimum.

        Also as others have said, you must use the same cell chemistry and capacity as the others in the pack.

  2. Just got a new battery off eBay. $27 delivered. I’ve charged and drained it twice. In both cases, it ran for just under 2 hours (47 minutes).

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