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Old 05-04-2008, 07:50 PM   #1
Ken Currell
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I have some Makita 14.4 volt MODIFIED battery packs.

They are meant to be used on 12 volt starters. Since a lead acid battery is 13.8 volts at full charge, the 14.4 volt pack is a great match for using with a starter and power panel.

The blue adaptor was originally a Makita flashlight. I cut off the bottom to make a removable adaptor to connect to your starter or power panel. You can also use it to hook up the battery to any charger that will charge a 14.4 volt nicad battery.

These batteries are normally fairly expensive so replacing the cells will save you money.

I cut the battery apart and glue 4 stainless steel posts inside the top half of the case.

The next step is to drill 4 holes in the bottom of the case.

Once the glue is set the battery pack is re-assembled and 4 stainless steel nuts are put on the bottom to hold the case together.

This makes the battery pack re-buildable.


You can see the connectors on the top of the blue adaptor.

Simply undo the three screws, remove the adaptor and solder on some 14 gauge wire to the tabs on the white clip holdel making sure the polarity is correct. Re-assemble the adaptor being sure not to over-tighten the screws.

You can drill a hole in the top part of the adadptor to run the wires out of the front, back or either side of the case or simply out of the top of the adaptor.

You can also add a deans ultra connector close to where the wire exits the adaptor. This allows easy removal if it is required.

Then connect the other end to the power panel or starter.

To ensure that the tabs on the blue adaptor don't short out I suggest you coat them with hot melt glue or tape after you have soldered the wires in place.

You supply your own wire.

$55.00 for the complete package (battery and adaptor).

I will ship anywhere in Canada.


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