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Billy T
17-07-2012, 12:04 PM
Hi Team

I need to repack the lithium battery pack for my Toshiba Libretto and I've been searching for '18650' format 3.7v Li-Ion on the web, however Google has not been my friend in the search for a local supplier. I can get them from the US ok, but I would rather buy local.

They have to be tabbed because space in the battery casing is very cramped, so I can't use wire-ended versions, and it is not advisable to solder to the un-tabbed types.

Does anybody know a local battery supplier? Anywhere in NZ would be fine.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :help:

Speedy Gonzales
17-07-2012, 12:07 PM
See if there's something on Batterymasta (http://www.batterymasta.co.nz/). Or ring them 0800 462 782. They're in CHCH

Billy T
17-07-2012, 01:08 PM
See if there's something on Batterymasta (http://www.batterymasta.co.nz/). Or ring them 0800 462 782. They're in CHCH They only sell battery packs, not individual cells. :( I've been there before.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

The Error Guy
17-07-2012, 01:38 PM
Ebay? http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=18650&_sacat=0

Agent_24
17-07-2012, 01:47 PM
A Google search turned up this:

http://www.mrpositive.co.nz/panasonic-18650-3-7v-2900mah-with-tabs/

HAL9000
17-07-2012, 04:50 PM
Try Hobby King http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6563 BUT they are out of stock at the moment.

Ok they are not local but their prices are good and service is OK.

Billy T
17-07-2012, 09:13 PM
A Google search turned up this:

http://www.mrpositive.co.nz/panasonic-18650-3-7v-2900mah-with-tabs/

Quality Panasonic Batteries with nearly three times the capacity of the originals for $49.90 incl shipping.

Just what I needed, but I'm left wondering why that result did not appear in my searches today or previously.

Thanks Agent-24 and the others who responded with suggestions.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :thumbs:

Agent_24
17-07-2012, 11:08 PM
Hopefully the shop is good, I've never bought from or even heard of "Mr Positive" before.

I searched for something along the lines of "18650 lithium cells" in Google and told it to display only results from NZ. Was on the first page.

Billy T
18-07-2012, 10:51 AM
I searched for something along the lines of "18650 lithium cells" in Google and told it to display only results from NZ. Was on the first page. I used essentially the same search terms including 'Sites from NZ" but it didn't appear. I did this morning though when I tried again.

Had a phone call while writing this, it was a cheerful Kiwi chap calling to check my address for courier (I only gave my PO Box on the assumption they would be posted) and telling me the batteries should be here today. With customer service like that, I think I'll be using them again.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Billy T
20-07-2012, 04:44 PM
Hmm.........Batteries didn't arrive till today, and were left at the door by PBT Couriers without so much as a push on the doorbell! The batteries are OK, but 1mm over the spec diameter, which you wouldn't think would matter, but Toshiba pruned the Libretto battery enclosure down to the last micrometre so some surgery will be required to get them in. They should work out OK in the end though, and if they last as long as the previous set I'll be beyond caring by the time they expire.

Now to find a replacement for the CMOS battery..........That is so small it would blow away on a breezy day.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Agent_24
20-07-2012, 04:53 PM
The only couriers I have ever had consistent results with are NZ Post, Toll and FedEx.
The rest go up and down in reliability and quality like a see-saw.

Pity about the size difference, I wouldn't have expected that, especially from a big name like Panasonic.

Is the BIOS one a CR1220? Even Dick-Smith still sells those...

Billy T
21-07-2012, 12:15 AM
Pity about the size difference, I wouldn't have expected that, especially from a big name like Panasonic.

Original was Sony Energytec 17670, not Panasonic 18650, hence the difference I guess, but the specified diameter was the same. Probably a misprint on one record or the other.


Is the BIOS one a CR1220? Even Dick-Smith still sells those...

Bios is a rechargeable Ni-Mh pack with leads and plug. I will have to see if I can find a suitable replacement, but if not I'll patch one in from outside the case if I have to. I'll have to be careful though, as Li-Ion don't like being charged unless designed to take it up 'em so it will probably have to be Ni-Mh.

Getting the batteries was a key step and IIRC the computer should hold its bios settings even without the CMOS battery provided the main batteries are alive, but I'm not 100% sure on that. I know I used to change the CMOS Lithium cell in my old computer while it was still running without any problems, and I started doing that after I pulled one out with the computer off and the bios settings went west.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)