Can I drill a hole in a stuck battery?

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alpg88 wrote:
is it a protected cell with a pcb on the negative side? if so solder something to the negative end, and pull on it, even if it s not protected, solder anyway, it'll destroy the cell, most likely but it'll be out
i don’t think Zebralights use protected cells. 
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alpg88 wrote:
put a bit of wd40 between the cell and tube walls, let it sit, then swing it hard, as you would mercury thermometer, it may get the cell out.

sadly the problem with that is by adding the WD you then create an airtight seal that`ll make a vacuum when trying to get the battery out, it`ll be nearly impossible.

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I like the combo approach others have mentioned.
Freeze the thing overnight. Quick heat of the outside. Then smack it to break it loose.
If you can find something you can hit the light body without contacting the cell. Maybe the right size of plastic pipe?
Fits over body but not the head?
Short sharps taps might do it.
Some sort of thin penetrating oil. KA is right – Not WD-40, I suggest Deep Creep by Seafoam, Any auto parts store.

JB weld sticks like nothing else to metal. Ruff up the surface of a bolt face with some 80 or 100 grit. Battery end too.
Be sure the battery end is squeaky clean first.
Let it sit overnight. I put two bolt heads together like that. It held 120lbs.
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Penetrating oil thinner the better – as last resort then the smacking around. There is some stuff called Kroil. It is even thinner and is less likely to form surface tension or vacuum.

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If you go the JB route. be sure to use a Q-Tip or toothpick and put a little wax or grease on the sides of the light body and work a bit into the crack betewwn the battery and the light.
Get JB in there and divine intervention will be needed.

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bansuri wrote:
I have successfully removed stuck batteries by taping the light to the end of a broomstick perpendicularly to the the broomstick and slamming the stick against a table or something. The broomstick and light come to a stop but the battery keeps going.

I think this would likely work.

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Katherine Alicia wrote:
alpg88 wrote:
put a bit of wd40 between the cell and tube walls, let it sit, then swing it hard, as you would mercury thermometer, it may get the cell out.

sadly the problem with that is by adding the WD you then create an airtight seal that`ll make a vacuum when trying to get the battery out, it`ll be nearly impossible.


it worked for me before, have you tried that yourself??
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alpg88 wrote:
is it a protected cell with a pcb on the negative side? if so solder something to the negative end, and pull on it, even if it s not protected, solder anyway, it’ll destroy the cell, most likely but it’ll be out
i don’t think Zebralights use protected cells. 

the cell in question is LG

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alpg88 wrote:
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alpg88 wrote:
put a bit of wd40 between the cell and tube walls, let it sit, then swing it hard, as you would mercury thermometer, it may get the cell out.

sadly the problem with that is by adding the WD you then create an airtight seal that`ll make a vacuum when trying to get the battery out, it`ll be nearly impossible.


it worked for me before, have you tried that yourself??

yes, on something similar and it was the worst move ever, I had to drill a hole into the tube behind the bar and use an airline to get it out.
it`s the same principal as the old bicycle pumps, a dried out seal won`t create much resistance, lube it up and it`ll be impossible to move if you block the air outlet.

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The jb weld trick worked, thanks!

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DMS1970 wrote:
The jb weld trick worked, thanks!
Glad it worked.  It's been fun reading all the suggestions.
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Good that the J-B Weld worked! Is the battery still usable?

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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alpg88 wrote:
the cell in question is LG

“Like Glue”.

 

At this point, I’d probably go for the drill. Silly

Or just get The Big Clive to try getting it out. He’ll probably deadpan, “Oh, my. This is all quite a bit of smoke and flames, isn’t it?”. LOL

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I got rid of the battery to avoid the issue again.

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DMS1970 wrote:
I got rid of the battery to avoid the issue again.
I’d have bought another light to put it in Big Smile

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