Introduction: Repairing a Lithium Jump Starter Battery.

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This jump starter battery had one of its terminals badly burnt due to a slack connection. The female terminal has the surrounding plastic melted and now the battery can't be used to jump start a car! Mind you the battery itself is fully functional but the high current jack is useless.

Read on for how I fixed it!

Step 1: Exploratory Surgery.

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Not the kind of thing you want mentioned by a doctor but for this battery it is necessary. Precise and shallow cuts with my vibrating saw allowed me to expose the burnt jack and circuit board. I used a small flatblade screwdriver to pry out pieces of the cut plastic enclosure.

Step 2: Analyzing the Guts.

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Here is the charger board and terminals of the LiFePO4 battery. Using a sharp knife I carefully cut away the plastic wrapping on the energized electronics without causing a fault. The high current jack has pretty short leads to the battery terminals.

Step 3: Preparing the Battery.

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Here I cut away the melted connector jack to expose the thick gauge wires for positive and negative.

Step 4: The Replacement Connector Jack!

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Luckily I had a spare male connector jack from a salvaged jump starter. This I soldered to the exposed terminal wires. I had to bring out my 100Watt soldering iron to get a proper joint made for the large gauge wires.

Step 5: Insulation!

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Ah, the unsung hero: Silicone adhesive. I used copious amounts to insulate and bind the components.

Step 6: Securing the New Connector Jack.

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A plastic cable tie I used to secure the jack leads to provide a robust solution.

Step 7: Finishing Touches and Completion!

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Using more black silicone adhesive, I coated the entire charger board and let it cure for 48 hours. Now the jump starter battery pack has a second life and works the same as before!

Comments

MohammedZ33 (author)2016-06-01

Thank you for sharing this. I just bought an Instaboost 400 battery charger from a clearance of a warehouse and is nonreturnable. The instaboost just doesn't charge not hold any charge. After reading a lot of reviews, I conclude the batteries may have gone bad and called the company but no response. Any suggestions where I may find the batteries to replace and how to replace them would be much appreciated.

Mjtrinihobby (author)MohammedZ332016-06-01

mine failed recently. The best advice is to do as I did:

https://www.instructables.com/id/My-DIY-Portable-Ju...

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-05-19

useful info...thanks :)

Mjtrinihobby (author)Meglymoo872016-05-19

Aww thanks!

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