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Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by Trixta » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:53 pm

Hi, I cant seem to find a list anywhere. But is there a list of consoles/home computers that have leaking batteries over time?

I know the original xbox is pretty bad for them, are there anymore that this issue is common with?
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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by DPrinny » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:07 pm

For the most part the thing that should be of a concern is the capacitors on the inside.
Over time they will leak.

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by English Invader » Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:21 pm

The BBC Master 128 has an internal battery that needs to be replaced. The Master and models A and B also have internal PSUs that need to be recapped unless you want them to blow up in your face and catch fire.

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by DPrinny » Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:45 am

English Invader wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:21 pm
The BBC Master 128 has an internal battery that needs to be replaced. The Master and models A and B also have internal PSUs that need to be recapped unless you want them to blow up in your face and catch fire.
I have heard about that, if it blows apparently it has quite a stink

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by swooper » Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:09 am

The Commodore Amiga. Check for batteries in old RAM expansions also.

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by Matt_B » Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:39 am

Pretty much every DOS/Windows PC has a battery on the motherboard that powers the real time clock and, in some older models, the NVRAM that stores the BIOS settings. This is often referred to the "CMOS battery" although that's not been the technology used for a long time

Most commonly they're just CR2032 watch batteries, so are extremely unlikely to leak, but you probably will need to replace them if you're using something more than ten years old.

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by Arnie » Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:27 am

Trixta wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:53 pm
Hi, I cant seem to find a list anywhere. But is there a list of consoles/home computers that have leaking batteries over time?

I know the original xbox is pretty bad for them, are there anymore that this issue is common with?
This could be made a useful go to thread on the subject of batteries and caps that should be changed. Maybe you could update the list in your first post from time to time. And perhaps a mod make it sticky.
So far-
All Amiga computers with battery clock including ram expansions for A500 etc. Later Amiga's with surface mount boards also need a full recap due to leaky electrolyte.
Acorn BBC master battery pack and all BBC models replace Refa caps in PSU as they will blow in a plume of smelly smoke.
Acorn Archimedes A3010 battery, suspect other models as well
All classic Apple macs with battery plus surface mount caps
Not sure if Apple II have Refa caps in PSU, but there is certainly a clone made by Franklin that does.

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Re: Consoles/computers with leaking batteries

Post by DPrinny » Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:41 am

Was looking into various things, the OG Xbox has one called the "Clock capacitor" that on some eariler Xbox systems is going to leek.
All it does is store the date and time

Bit like the battery inside the Dreamcast

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