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    Default How to remove stuck AW cells?

    I have a metal tube light running two AW 18350 IMR cells. Unfortunately both the batteries have corroded and expanded so whilst I managed to lever the bottom one out, the top one is stuck. They corroded / leaked under the wrapper so making the battery expand.

    Is it ok to drill it out or drive a screw through the base, or is this likely to be a problem?

    I tried bashing the light on wood and a gluestick to pull it but its stuck fast.

    Any help appreciated.

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    Last edited by peter yetman; 11-10-2018 at 06:33 AM.

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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    Thanks. I used epoxy and a bit of dowel. Needed a firm pull but out it popped. You can see the result here

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/5rc95x6mul...51904.jpg?dl=0

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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    Well done, I didn't clock it was an IMR - didn't think those things leaked.
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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    They can leak. They just donít tend to explode when they vent. : D
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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    I'm curious as to why they leaked - any idea? Did they vent?

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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    Iím curious also as all my lights use these same batteries.

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    No venting. Just they leaked under the wrapper and so puffed up a bit making them impossible to remove. They were fine in September but they must have just decided to call it a day. They were 3 years old.

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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    Wow. 3 years? Iíve got IMR that could be their great great grandparents still going strong haha
    hunter, fisherman, flashlight enthusiast

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    Default Re: How to remove stuck AW cells?

    I was using these in a modified early Surefire U2 and I now am re-evaluating all my lights and batteries. Taking out all batteries in stored lights just in case.

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