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LS2 Linkin Ride Pal III - poor battery life


I have an issue with the rapidly decreasing battery life on my LS2 Linkin Ride Pal III and wondered if anyone else runs these intercoms and can comment on their battery life please?

 Supposed to be about 8 hours from a full charge but mine was never brilliant and wouldnt last a full ride from the beginning. On my last ride, despite a full charge, it only lasted just over 3 hours cry

Brian

PS Other than the battery issue its a great bit of kit although the ads exagerate the range. Not so much in real life use.



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How old is the battery ?

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Can't help on that particular intercom but for one of mine I took it apart and soldered some wires in so I could power it from a remote battery pack.

The internal battery was a tiny 450 mAh Lipo and was good for about 3-4 hours of music on full volume (because I wear ear plugs), and it use to manage 4-5 hours but it's life dropped off within the first year of use.
The external battery is an 18650 cell so can be swapped quickly, and currently is 2900 mAh. With this battery I now get about 25 hours music time.

For a battery holder I initially made something from hard packing foam and duct tape, and it worked fine (but look bad) wink. Then I bought a 3D printer so have designed and printed a cool looking holder that sticks to the rear of my lid.
Finally I have no range anxiety for my intercom. 



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Interested!

Could you post an idiots guide??

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doug9270 wrote:

How old is the battery ?


 Less than 2 years old. Fortunately it turns out to have a 2-year warranty so LS2 have said they will check it out for me.



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RichT4 wrote:

Can't help on that particular intercom but for one of mine I took it apart and soldered some wires in so I could power it from a remote battery pack.

The internal battery was a tiny 450 mAh Lipo and was good for about 3-4 hours of music on full volume (because I wear ear plugs), and it use to manage 4-5 hours but it's life dropped off within the first year of use.
The external battery is an 18650 cell so can be swapped quickly, and currently is 2900 mAh. With this battery I now get about 25 hours music time.

For a battery holder I initially made something from hard packing foam and duct tape, and it worked fine (but look bad) wink. Then I bought a 3D printer so have designed and printed a cool looking holder that sticks to the rear of my lid.
Finally I have no range anxiety for my intercom. 


Thanks for that Rich. It has given me an idea. I could probably run a lead from the charge port to an external battery pack if LS2 don't find a fault. Will have a look. 

Typical that our trail ride today was only just over 3 hours so I didn't run out of battery. I would like to be more precise as to what I can get out of it before sending it back to LS2.

Brian



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Jerry atterick wrote:

Interested!

Could you post an idiots guide??

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There's really nothing much too it.

Whip the back off and have a look inside, you'll see the battery and two wires coming from it. Cut them and solder on a pair of thin wires to the unit (leaving the original battery there but disconnected), then run those wires out of the case using sealant to keep it water tight. Then wire in the battery case.

I used 18650 cells as they are the most common, pretty cheap and have a good amount of capacity.

I bought a 1 slot holder from ebay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223539004439?hash=item340bf68417:g:UisAAOSw~atb4v91

and for connectors I use JST Plug and Socket connectors

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221850996369?hash=item33a7598e91:g:akcAAOSwgcVbKOM4

and that's it.

This was the prototype which I have used all year.

1.jpg

 

Then came this 3D printed version (as I've just bought a printer and learnt to draw in Fusion 360).

3.jpg

 

and it looks like this on the lid... but I have since realised I could make it a bit lower profile and smaller overall so I might make another soon.

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Brilliant, thanks for helping.

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I can see that there is great advantage in the battery/power supply being attached to the helmet. Thinking cap on.........



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