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Old 07-16-2010, 03:17 AM #1
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Will the solder hold?

Hey everyone,
I just got a PM8 recently. I am not used to boards with battery prongs, rather than a battery harness. Anyhow, last week as I was looking through the marker, I noticed that the prongs were exposed a bit. Since I have never used a board that uses prongs, please forgive me if this is normal/fine. Will these prongs hold?
If not, should I get some solder on the exposed part of the prongs, or is there anything else I can put on them to reinforce them? I have noticed that the negative prong is a tad loose when compared to the positive one (I am assuming the battery hooked onto it at one time), but it's not loose to where you can visually tell, you would actually have to pull the prong inward to notice the difference.
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P/s: I just noticed the picture isn't the best quality (cell phone for some reason was taking better pictures than my camera...), so it looks a tad worse than what's in the picture (the glare around the left side of each prong is covering up the exposed part).
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:51 AM #2
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From the looks of it (blurry *** pics btw) they should hold fine.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:59 AM #3
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If the battery clip were to lift of the board, they can be soldered back on fairly easily, so it isn't a big issue. Having said that, you could just as easily add some solder to the joint to strengthen it and make it less likely to lift off in the first place.

Only things to bear in mind when doing this is that once the original solder is molten, it is easy for the battery clip to shift around, so you need to be able to hold the clip in place whily you are working on it, and obviously, you need to ensure that the solder doesn't get anywhere it shouldn't.

With a bit of care, it shouldn't be an issue add some addition solder to strengthen the joint.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:03 AM #4
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Thanks f8user (sorry about the blurry pics, my phone was taking better pics than my camera, odd I know).
Thanks Uziel Gal. I have never soldered anything before, so should I attempt to do it/can you explain how? Or should I simply follow the "If it aint broke, don't fix it" rule .
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:50 AM #5
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If you dont know how to solder follow the rule. If it aint broke dont fix it. You wouldnt want to mess something up
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:03 AM #6
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Yep, I have to agree.

I should have said, "easy to do, if you can solder"!

Chances are that it will hold anyway, unless you have some longer than normal batteries.
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Haha alright, thanks everyone! Odd thing about it is, if I use CVS batteries, I need to slip a piece of paper on the bottom of the battery so it actually holds in place. If I use an energizer I wont need that piece of paper (the energizer has a little nub on the bottom). If you guys can explain to me how I would go about soldering this, in case anything happens while I am on the field, I would appreciate it.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:35 PM #8
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In case I need to solder this. Would I simply let the iron heat, then let it sit for a few seconds on the prong, then apply solder around the exposed areas, using the iron of course?
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:20 AM #9
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If you have no experience of soldering, I would honestly suggest leaving well alone for the time being, or get someone else to do this for you.

Soldering isn't in and of itself a complicated process, but it would be very easy to move or detach the battery contact once the solder was molten, or to create a short circuit if the solder ran.
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If you have no experience of soldering, I would honestly suggest leaving well alone for the time being, or get someone else to do this for you.

Soldering isn't in and of itself a complicated process, but it would be very easy to move or detach the battery contact once the solder was molten, or to create a short circuit if the solder ran.
Alright, I'll stay away from it then . Thanks Uziel Gal.
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