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Fixing The Dreamcast Internal Battery, Need Help/Soldering Tips!

Dreamcast battery replacement soldering solder

#1 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4460 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:05 AM

I am making the Dreamcast battery replaceable, by soldering a battery socket into the system.

 

I am trying to solder these into place...
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They fit perfectly into the 3 holes where the original battery was permanently soldered.
Do I solder it on the top, or the bottom?
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#2 DD83   'nives 'n 'nades CAGiversary!   8974 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:24 AM

Put it in the same way the other battery was.  Pretty sure the battery would be standing up in the pic you posted.  You'd solder the pins on the other side of the board. 

The board is single sided.  The side shown is bare fiberglass and wouldn't take solder because there are no traces/pads.  The other side has the traces and pads.



#3 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4460 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:28 AM

Put it in the same way the other battery was.  Pretty sure the battery would be standing up in the pic you posted.  You'd solder the pins on the other side of the board. 

The board is single sided.  The side shown is bare fiberglass and wouldn't take solder because there are no traces/pads.  The other side has the traces and pads.

Yes, it does stand up...
I was using a picture from a "Fixit" guide

https://www.ifixit.c...eplacement/5020



#4 DD83   'nives 'n 'nades CAGiversary!   8974 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:33 AM

Yeah, so you'd stick the holder so it stands up like the old battery used to, then solder the pins sticking out on the other side of that board.



#5 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4460 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:35 AM

Yeah, so you'd stick the holder so it stands up like the old battery used to, then solder the pins sticking out on the other side of that board.

That was my assumption, just don't want to screw it up you know?
I don't know why the old one was literally soldered in like that.. but this makes a good replacement.



#6 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7171 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 11:20 PM

If you haven't soldered it yet, I hope you also ordered the Dreamcast controller port repair kit too. http://www.ebay.com/...QkAAMXQOQdRICeC

 

Just remember you HAVE to use a ML2032 battery because it's the one that works with the recharge circuit. If you use a regular coin battery you risk destroying your Dreamcast. https://www.amazon.c...y/dp/B00CJ3T188







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