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    Default Is my battery goosed ?

    I have a Fenex E15 as my pocket torch and thought it must be time to charge it. It has a Fenix 16340 in it.
    I have a couple of spare Nitecore RCR123s in my battery box (probably been there over a year) so I thought I would rotate them.
    I tried both Nitecore batteries in the E15, one did nothing, the other flashed briefly and went out.
    Got out my multimeter and both were showing 0v.
    I have two Nitecore chargers, a UM20 and an i4 (fairly new). Both claim to be able to recover flat batteries. Tried the Nitecores in them both. One of them started recovering, the other displayed EE in the UM20 and 4 flashing leds in the i4 so I reckon it's goosed.
    Question is, is the other one likely to be ok if it takes a charge (it wont be left unattended whilst charging) or should I bin it ?

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    Default Re: Is my battery goosed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metaxa View Post
    I have a Fenex E15 as my pocket torch and thought it must be time to charge it. It has a Fenix 16340 in it.
    I have a couple of spare Nitecore RCR123s in my battery box (probably been there over a year) so I thought I would rotate them.
    I tried both Nitecore batteries in the E15, one did nothing, the other flashed briefly and went out.
    Got out my multimeter and both were showing 0v.
    I have two Nitecore chargers, a UM20 and an i4 (fairly new). Both claim to be able to recover flat batteries. Tried the Nitecores in them both. One of them started recovering, the other displayed EE in the UM20 and 4 flashing leds in the i4 so I reckon it's goosed.
    Question is, is the other one likely to be ok if it takes a charge (it wont be left unattended whilst charging) or should I bin it ?
    If they're protected cells, you might have tripped the PCB circuit and that's why you're reading 0.00v.

    If they're naked cells, you drained them flat and I'd just look at the AWT high drain 16340s at IMR batteries dot com. and go that route, recycling your current crop.

    Some chargers can reset the PCBs, some can't. What you can do to reset them, is bridge both the positive and negative ends of the 'dead' cell with a good cell of whatever size and see if you can't get that working.

    Paperclips, wires, a dinner knife, all might work.

    The AWTs are $4 per cell before shipping, so you're not out a lot of cash.

    Chris
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    Thumbs up Re: Is my battery goosed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGarrett View Post
    If they're protected cells, you might have tripped the PCB circuit and that's why you're reading 0.00v.

    If they're naked cells, you drained them flat and I'd just look at the AWT high drain 16340s at IMR batteries dot com. and go that route, recycling your current crop.

    Some chargers can reset the PCBs, some can't. What you can do to reset them, is bridge both the positive and negative ends of the 'dead' cell with a good cell of whatever size and see if you can't get that working.

    Paperclips, wires, a dinner knife, all might work.

    The AWTs are $4 per cell before shipping, so you're not out a lot of cash.

    Chris
    Thanks. Tried your reset method but no joy. I will bin it.
    The other one came good though :-D
    Shan't bother replacing, if two of them have sat unused for a year I don't really need them both.

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