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…
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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