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Aladin Sport battery change

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by PinkPADIgal, May 22, 2007.

  1. PinkPADIgal

    PinkPADIgal PADI Master Instructor

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    I picked up an old Aladin Sport dive computer at a garage sale recently. The battery was dead so I took it to the Scubapro dealer to get it changed out. He told me it would have to go to the factory to change the battery because it was so old. He told me that it would be about $150-160 to do that.

    I am curious...is it really that much to get the battery changed on that old computer? I don't mind paying the price for a cheap backup (I dive with an Aeris T3), but that seems a bit excessive.
     
  2. padi613

    padi613 Angel Fish

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    Location: Kincumber New South Wales Australia 2251
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    Hi from padi613
    In your May post you state that the cost of renewing the battery was quite high.
    You will of now had the computer repaired or thrown it away. For the record batteries for this unit cost aprox; $7-10. repair service times in the UK are $50-60.
    In my work as a qualified scuba technician I have carried out battery renewal on various dive computers and if I can give any info regarding any problems post your comments.

    Les Padi613
     
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    widget Manta Ray

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    I see its a really old post, but if my memory serves me correctly, this battery change was a relitively simple affair. On the side of the unit there was a small door with two small pin holes, using an appropriate tool, simply unscrew the cap, unsolder the old battery and solder on a new one.

    Screw back the cap - 15 minutes start to finish - tops.! - in my day we did hundreds, it was a very popular unit and almost indestructable.


    You could even source the battery at a specialist battery store for a fraction of the cost of one from Scubapro, ask them to affix solder tabs on each end which is nothing new to them, and away you go, battery cost from a specialist store would be no more than $7.00 with tabs.
     
  4. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    That is only on the earlier models. Later units have no opening. It can be done but since the unit is oil filled it is a little more complicated.

    Aladin Pro, Aladin Sport - DIY battery exchange

    I am going to try it on my Aladin Pro but have not done so yet.
     
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    widget Manta Ray

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    Sure GRF88, thats correct, the newer oil filled units are not really "do it yourself" operations, I just thought as it was such an old unit (according to the shop) it was probably one of the user changeable units.

    Its a very easy change grf88, no need to worry, wont take more than a few minutes if the soldering iron is hot before you start.! ;)
     
  6. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    I am not expecting it to be quite that easy, cracking it open and saving the oil might take a little time. Mine does not have an access door either.
     
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    widget Manta Ray

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    Sorry, my mistake, I was thinking it was the older "door" type.

    Opening the oil filled unit is not difficult, saving the oil is though, you almost always loose some, maybe just think of some new oil in store to top up.?
    I still think another issue may be removing all the excess air afterwards, I am concerned you may find you end up with small air bubbles in the unit, not necessarily a problem operationally, just maybe a bit irritating, access to a vacuum unit would be ideal for this.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2008
  8. alexnash

    alexnash Garibaldi

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    where can you buy a battery to replace the old one or is it just a regular AA Battery
     
  9. cwooz

    cwooz Garibaldi

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    Location: USA
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    I was told today by my scubapro dealer that they can no longer send my Aladin Sport dive computer in for a battery change.
    So, I've been searching for info on changing it myself.

    Just did a search for battery LR09 and interstate batteries has one with a different number, but is used in dive computers, so I sent them an email to find out if it will work for my Aladin Sport computer.

    Can anyone tell me how to open it? There is no door on the side. It is in a console and I don't know how to get it out.
     
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    widget Manta Ray

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    Can you post a picture of it so we know the model.?

    A pic always makes it easier to identify, then you can be sure of getting the right info.
     

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