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Battery wont hold charge model #WL 2401 - Baby Gear

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  • Ed from Texas Dec 10, 2016

    The Lorex WL 2401 is a great monitor that you cannot purchase anymore. Nor does Lorex provide a replacement battery. That is becuase the battery is permanently fixed to the mother board and not replaceable. I was using it with 4 pan tilt cameras and it worked great to monitor just about anything, including my kids running around in the house when they were smaller. Problem is the monitor has a non-replaceable battery. After years of giving up on battery replacement I presented the challenge to my two sons, both EE, one graduated (TA&M) and one a junior studying Electrical Engineering UT-Austin. Their solution was quick, easy and works great. Rather than replace the battery, just use a small 1 amp USB charger in its place. There are just 3 simple steps. 1) go to radio shack and purchase the correct adapter plug with outside diameter 3.4mm and inside diameter 1.3mm RadioShack SKU# 2731048 worked for me. Bring your Lorex Monitor to RadioShack to confirm it fits into the power supply jack on the monitor 2) Get a short USB cord, cut one end of USB cord, splice and solder and heat shrink wrap it into the end of the purchased adaptor. Red is hot or positive and black is negative. Ignore the other wires which are data wires. Google "USB Wire Code" if you have questions 3) Buy a small 1 amp cigarette syle charger, (I use an ANKER 6200mah, about $8 on Amzaon, some velcro and Velcro it to back of Lorex monitor. Its so small you can still walk around with the monitor in your hand. Plug it all in and presto! I now have two ANKER 1-amp chargers so when one goes out I simply un-velcro it and replace it with a charged one. Soldering the connection takes some skill. My son's had experience in EE labs how to do this. If you do not know, maybe you need to ask a friend who has soldered connections before. Bottom line is that I am back in business with my Lorex 2401...and I am getting some return on my sons' educational investment. Plus the modified unit now provides twice the run time (6hrs) before needing to recharge. Total cost...connector $5, Charger $8, Velcro $2m, heat shrink and solder: $5, and we had a solder gun. Total time to fix: About 30 min max. I hope this approach can help others bring their Lorex 2401 back to life!!

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I have the same Lorex unit and was down to no more than 5 minutes of battery life. After disassembling, I found that the lithium ion battery was bulging, a sign of battery failure.

A Google search of the number imprinted on the battery (503778) lead me to a seller in Sweden with these battery specs:

  • Polymer battery 3.7V 1600MAH 503778P 78 * 37 * 5MM electric GPS navigation eBook
I ordered the $10 battery (free shipping) and received it in about two weeks. I then swapped in the new battery (splicing and soldering to the old leads). I now get about 2-hours of video-on run time while on battery.

Good luck!

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