Message #1 Posted by bill platt on 15 July 2003, 5:18 p.m.
Hello all classic enthusiasts,
I just got lucky yesterday and inherited an hp 45 from a co-worker. It was her father's, and she just found it in her desk drawer. Of course, it has a corroded rechargable battery pack, and some corrosion salts inside the compartment.
I read the writeups on batteries and on classics disassembly here in the MoHPC--and what I am wondering is two things:
Has anyone found a non-rechargeble battery that can be used instead?
After getting a new battery (either rebuilding the battery pack, or getting a new battery), is it safe to merely clean the battery compartment, and give it a try? I guess I am concerned about opening up the case uneccessarily. I know from my experience with my first and only 41cv, that the screw posts can be quite fragile and damage to them can be terminal (I still have not gotten that machine back to life).
In the case of my 41, I found some small corrosion deposits inside---but that machine had worse battery corrosion than this 45.