Is there a Permanent fix for "dead" Xbox 360 rechargeable batteries?


#1

Is there a permanent way to fix these “dead” batteries. I use the quotation marks because alot of the time, they simply aren’t dead. I put them on the charger and the light flashes red then turns green after just a few seconds. I have even resorted to trying the “paper clip fix” as demonstrated in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXaIlyjvvSE

But even that solution is temporary at best. Is there a permanent fix for these sorry excuses for rechargeable batteries? I even heard that one of the reasons these batteries start “dying” is because of disuse…so it’s basically a lose-lose situation. Play it too much? too bad. Want to conserve it, too bad. Sheesh Microsoft, you sure know how to make durable, long lasting products


#2

Clean the contracts, that the only “Fix” there is.

Batteries are not repairable items, there only so much you can do for a battery. Clean the terminal if you got a lead acid battery you can add water but thats it.
Batteries more than any other component is labeled as a field replaceable item. There is not fix, there only replace.


#3

Put it in the freezer for like 6hrs. I do this with my dad’s crappy cell phone batteries, and it pulls back a charge for a while. Let the battery thaw for like an hour or two before you recharge it. Tell me how it works out for you.


#4

Replace 'em.


#5

Theoretically you could whip together a charger from parts that would ignore the safety circuit in lieu of its own, but that’s a pretty advanced project. And if you screw up, well… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EseOhC8n7ro

Best just to recycle and replace.


#6

Please keep in mind, Lithium is a highly combustible metal, like sodium it will react with water (explode or even catch fire under water).
You should never expose a lithium power cell to extreme temperatures. Your freezer isn’t just exposing your highly volatile battery to extreme cold, but it also exposing the battery to water condensation.
Water is a compound that lithium have a dangerous reaction too. Heat and Cold can also destabilize the battery, @Skrawney your trick might work, but you taking a huge chance with your little trick.
If and when a Lithium battery does get freezing cold, you have to allow it to slowly warm up in room temperature 20 °C (68 °F or 293 K) to 25 °C (77 °F or 298 K), do not use a hand dryer or heat gun to warm up a frozen lithium power cell.
I remember in the Marine Corps how the Lithium power cells to our field radios would explode when one power pack fell into a pond, you swore we threw a quarter stick of dynamite in the pond instead.


#7

Haha yeah, you are right Dark. I try not to use words like fool proof, guarantee, or safe. I went to an alternative high school with some “colorful” characters. One of which lived on a big piece of land with a lake. One of these people used to tell stories of throwing blocks of lithium into the lake with his dad and watching it jump around on it. I agree it is not a “safe” thing to do, but it can be done.


#8

They’re your standard Xbox 360 rechargeable battery packs [can they still explode like that?]. I don’t use double A batteries. I guess however that I have no choice but to replace them


#9

I just purchased 2 brand new official play and charge kits for the 2 official wireless controllers I use for PC. Both arrived with the batteries completely dead and will not charge at all no matter what method I tried. I gave up and purchased a pack of AA batteries instead. It was a complete waste of my time and money.


#10

Should have RMAed them.


#11

RMA’d with the same results. Maybe a bad batch? I’m awaiting Newegg’s approval for a refund, but these are under the replacement only policy.


#12

I don’t understand why anyone buys the 360 proprietary rechargeable battery crap.

Just buy a pack of Eneloops or something. They last a dang long time, work in other devices too, aren’t prone to stupid issues like this, and extra batteries cost less than the goofy Microsoft ones. (a 4 pack with no charger costs like $12, vs a two pack of MS proprietaries running you like $20. That’s $6 per controller vs $10.)


#13

Exactly what I ordered! I went for the 8-pack for $20 though:
http://www.amazon.com/eneloop-typical-Pre-Charged-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B004UG41XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370639742&sr=8-1&keywords=eneloop+aa
I also ordered the charger for $15 too:
http://www.amazon.com/Eneloop-4-Position-Rechargeable-Battery-Charger/dp/B008V4TFDK/ref=pd_sim_e_5
$35 shipped total, which is the same price I paid for the 2 microsoft play & charge kits. Lesson learned… :frowning: