PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby philm » Tue 12 Jan, 2021 7:12 pm

Unfortunately the cost of changing the battery is nearly as much as a new unit. It’s a lost opportunity and poor for the environment
Leaving consumers with little choice other than buy a new unit
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby Neo » Tue 12 Jan, 2021 8:30 pm

Have a KTI. Without contacting them directly, a Google search showed this
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby philm » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 5:26 am

The replacement battery cost varies a lot by brand plus you need to pay freight costs etc.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby iGBH » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 12:43 pm

I paid under $80 to get mine replaced via eBay. Was for an ACR ResQLink. Its only for a couple of 18650 batteries so not exactly rocket surgery.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby philm » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 1:17 pm

Interesting but I think you will find if they are not replaced by an authorised party then the manufacturer may not stand by the replacement. Worse still the unit may not function correctly for the certified length of time in an emergency which I understand is 24 hours.
I’d prefer to be sure that the unit was going to operate in the event of an emergency rather than be too concerned with the price of replacing the batteries.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby iGBH » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 7:44 pm

philm wrote:Interesting but I think you will find if they are not replaced by an authorised party then the manufacturer may not stand by the replacement. Worse still the unit may not function correctly for the certified length of time in an emergency which I understand is 24 hours.
I’d prefer to be sure that the unit was going to operate in the event of an emergency rather than be too concerned with the price of replacing the batteries.


LOL, well aware of that.
As i said, it is replacing a couple of 18650 batteries. If paying someone 'authorised' to do this helps you sleep better at night then go for it.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby phs » Wed 13 Jan, 2021 11:56 pm

Thanks iGbh

I’ll give them a go, no other alternative other than tossing it and that’s just wasteful
They have a test function to confirm it works ect, you just need to hope they use suitable batteries as replacements
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 18 Mar, 2021 5:33 pm

My Ocean Signal Rescueme PLB1 battery is nearing the end if it's life. I could not find an official Australian outlet to put a new battery in the PLB. The closest I could find is NZ, with a few local possibles. None have prices, although it seems that the cost is around $280, rather a lot given that a new PLB1 is $320. Ocean Signal in the UK is in pandemic mode, will take a while to reply.

Was Sakkara Tech, recommended above a few years ago, does not seem to be able to install a new PLB1 battery
https://powerpackedbatteries.com/pp-wp/

Lusty and Blundell are in NZ
https://www.lusty-blundell.co.nz/

https://beacons.amsa.gov.au/maintenance/servicing.asp

Can anyone advise
1 Is there an Australian company that is an official Ocean Signal battery changer?
2 How much will this cost?
3 Is it better to get a new model rather than replace the battery?
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby FatCanyoner » Thu 18 Mar, 2021 5:44 pm

All Sat Communications is the Australian distributor for Ocean Signal. Try giving them a call re Australian battery replacement. If anyone knows, they will.

https://allsat.com.au/
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby Nuts » Thu 18 Mar, 2021 6:26 pm

This one; viewtopic.php?f=21&t=31259&p=395009&hilit=PLB#p395009

The folks mentioned above wouldn't deal with it other than through the original seller (who may or may not be much help) but a day can be a lifetime for gear businesses.

Let's know how it goes.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby Nuts » Thu 18 Mar, 2021 6:48 pm

iGBH wrote:
philm wrote:Interesting but I think you will find if they are not replaced by an authorised party then the manufacturer may not stand by the replacement. Worse still the unit may not function correctly for the certified length of time in an emergency which I understand is 24 hours.
I’d prefer to be sure that the unit was going to operate in the event of an emergency rather than be too concerned with the price of replacing the batteries.


LOL, well aware of that.
As i said, it is replacing a couple of 18650 batteries. If paying someone 'authorised' to do this helps you sleep better at night then go for it.


I'm no expert here, all I know has been picked up in the past few years of playing around with & building ebike batteries.

The two main concerns of service from a random ebayer or someone not authorised:
*The 18650 cells are notorious for fakers, even cells labelled Samsung or Panasonic could be partially filled with sand (and still 'work')
*For reliability, cell connection needs to be TAB welded, not soldered (tab dearer setup and takes some skill)
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby ofuros » Thu 18 Mar, 2021 7:51 pm

Lophophaps wrote:My Ocean Signal Rescueme PLB1 battery is nearing the end if it's life. I could not find an official Australian outlet to put a new battery in the PLB. The closest I could find is NZ, with a few local possibles. None have prices, although it seems that the cost is around $280, rather a lot given that a new PLB1 is $320. Ocean Signal in the UK is in pandemic mode, will take a while to reply.

Was Sakkara Tech, recommended above a few years ago, does not seem to be able to install a new PLB1 battery
https://powerpackedbatteries.com/pp-wp/

Lusty and Blundell are in NZ
https://www.lusty-blundell.co.nz/

https://beacons.amsa.gov.au/maintenance/servicing.asp

Can anyone advise
1 Is there an Australian company that is an official Ocean Signal battery changer?
2 How much will this cost?
3 Is it better to get a new model rather than replace the battery?


Allsat in Victoria gave me the RescueMe PLB1 replacement battery quote in my post above.
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Re: PLB Battery Replacement. Is it worth it?

Postby Lord Backcountry » Fri 19 Mar, 2021 11:42 am

PLB battery replacement really irks me.

My other passion is diving. This includes deep decompression dives with mixed gases on my back plus a pony with 90% oxygen to breath off at the 5 metre mark. I following the decompression depths and times off my dive computer(s), so its rather crucial to remaining alive. Yet I change the battery myself for $8 in the time it takes to drink a beer.

As for PLBs, maybe Battery World is an option.

[For the record I have a PLB1 which is a delight].

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