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- August 16, 2011 at 5:05 am #363670
Not so long ago I managed to get my hands on an old Gateway Colorbook 2000 tossed from a defunct insurance company. It has a 486 processor and little HD space, but it’s great to take for storywriting when I go out and about – the keyboard (and most everything else) works fine and it’s so old nobody would bother stealing it.
The problem is the battery. It’s a 12 volt, 3500 mah, but can barely hold a charge at all since it’s old.
Google provided me with some sites that have the special cells that manufacturers/hobbyists use, like …but they are EXPENSIVE! (5$ for *one* cell on all-battery.com!)
So the next thought was could I make one using rechargeable household batteries? I’d like to use AA or C batteries, and if possible Li-on ones if they make Li0on versions of those! Also if it can be done how would I wire them all together to get the right voltage and amerage?
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