HOWTO: Replace battery on a
After 2.5 years my pair of Cardo Rider Q2 Bluetooth intercom only
worked for 3 hours until the battery was dead.
It's a quite normal lifespan for a battery, especially if you need all the capacity it has to offer. On a normal daytrip we use it 8 hours or more.
OK, so I was thinking Cardo would simply replace the battery.
Since the case has lost all its rubber coating, a refactoring including a battery replacement was what I expected from a world leader company like Cardo.
So I asked what to do with it, and here's what I got for an answer:
Thank you for contacting the Cardo Systems Support Center.
There is no out of warranty service for scala rider batteries in Europe.
You would need to purchase a new scala rider headset in this case.
Please feel free to contact us if we can assist with any other questions.
So throw away the unit and get a new one!
I did not like the idea of throwing away 300 Euros after only 2.5 years, so I decided to help myself.
The most difficult part was:
- Opening the case
- Find a replacement battery
To open the case you can find instructions below.
The original battery is a Lithium
Polymer Battery rated 3.7 Volts and
Make sure the replacement battery has the right dimensions.
The original battery dimesions are 1,9" x 0.75" x 0.16" (49mm x 19mm x 4,5mm)
After some research I found a replacement battery that will
It is a replacement battery for the
IPOD Video 5th Generation. That is IPOD Classic not IPOD Video.
When you buy one, make sure the dimensions are the same as described above.
I have heard about IPOD batteries being too thick to fit in the case,
most likely it was a IPOD Video replacement battery. Those will not fit!!!
You can easily find batteries like that on ebay.
They are about 6 Euros or 6US$/piece.
The one I used was from reichelt in Germany, rated at 1.67 Wh or 450 mAh. So the new one has about 10% more capacity. After 2 more years now the new battery stil works
So here are some instructions to help you replace the battery on a Scala Rider Q2.
For additional questions ask me.
Nov. 26 2014 UPDATE:
After 3 years that I replaced the battery, it still works for 8 hours without the "battery low signal beep".
I never ran out of battery since I replaced mine, and when we ride we are apart at least 100feet.
I guess the quality of the replacement battery is way better than the original. But it depends on what you get…
Since reichelt (my supplier) has a minimum order of 20Euros you can order a battery directly from me. If you need one, send me an email. I can send you a battery for 10 Euros (incl. worldwide shipping)
If your LED does not light up when you plug in the charger:
SORRY. I can’t repair your unit. This fix is for working units only.
I had several questions for units that do not light up when the charger is plugged in, but only one unit so far (that was sleeping in the garage for 3 years and therefore was deep-discharged) could be reanimated by replacing the battery. Feel free to contact me when in doubt...
I assume that you know what you are
doing, before starting to fiddle arround with your device!
I cannot be held responsible for any damage that may result from the use of the instructions found here!
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