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Norelco model 5885 XL Battery replacments

Hello there, my norelco batteries finally went out. I would like to replace them with a higher mAh battery. Would it be safe to go with a 1000 mAh rechargeable battery. I really don't know the current mAh of the two batteries that are in it now. But I know it takes two Ni-Cd recharge-ables. Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

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  • clamm12939 Apr 21, 2008

    I've removed the batteries from my Norelco 5885xl shaver but cannot get to the ends of the two flat posts to remove them. I removed the batteries by breaking the posts off the terminals. They seem to have been secured by something (?screws) thru the holes at the end of the posts which were soldered to the terminals and are attached under the circuit board which might be trouble removing from their securings if the circuit board is removed. Anybody have any suggestions on how to remove the posts?



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I just installed two brand new Eneloop cells and it will only charge up to 35 minutes on the display (I had been able to get up to 52 minutes with the original NI-CAD's). I also discovered that it would not recognize the capactiy on the minute meter until I drained the batteries and recharged the unit. When I went to drain the batteries they ran for 2 hours and 15 minutes!!! But again the display only shows 35 minutes right now after an hour charge when it says FULL. I'll leave it on the charger and see what happens. I used a pair of needle nose pliers and "rolled" the metal tabs off the NI-CAD's. Snapped the one on the negative side but got the positive side off clean. I couldn't get the strips to solder back to the new Eneloop batteries so I had to use electrical tape which seems to be holding fine. The battery holder holds the positive and negative terminals against the old tabs just fine. Also I learned that if you hold the power button on long enough it will cycle through a test function. It will go to zero minutes and all the way up to 35, then turn on and go back to zero stopping at the appropriate cleaning cycle times (takes about 40 seconds to do the test so don't touch the power button until it's done). Not sure if the batteries will still go 2 hours and 15 minutes after being charged in the shaver, but they do when chaqrged outside the shaver. Just my two cents!

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First and foremost here's the information you wanted to know about, factory installed batteries are rated at 1.2v, 700mAH per cell. (Ni-Cad)

Now for further information on using cells other than the original specs.

I initially soldered a set of 2000 mAH NiMH cells (lowest I had around) and after not seeing much of a change I eventually decided to see if I increased them to 2200 mAH NiMH cells would it matter. In my situation because i was achieving only a minimal increase in run time (maybe 7 or 8 mins per charge) but realistically the only noticeable thing it really did was heat the razors case up a bit more.

[NOTE - I didn't just try it for a single charge but kept the 2000's in for about a month & the 2200's for just a few weeks.]

I'm currently experimenting with using a single Li-Ion RCR123A 3.0v, 680 mAH cell and amazingly it actually seemed to be woking better than 2 single cells do. Just not sure what the end result may be. (Higher voltage to the motor) Doesn't seem to really increase the RPM's of my razo at all. (BUT be careful during the soldering as there are micosized capacitors and diodes nearby.)

I think for practicality purposes I'll switch back to the Ni-MH cells exact fit and they'll last longer than installing Ni-Cad's, Heck just use your judgement because after all it's your razor ~ LOL. If you have the cells sitting around already then i'd go with them.

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FYI this is true of the battery sets used in the following models from Norelco (I'm sure that would be true for most models as that is a fairly standard cell rating for factory installations):
282XL 300SX 400DX 5601X 3865XL 7864XL 7886XL 8865XL 7885XL HQ8865 7865XL 8883XL 7735X 7737X 7775X 7866XL 7867XL 8867XL 400DX 6716X 6711X 6709X 6706X 6705X 6701X 605RX 650TX 665RX 825RX 835RX 875RX 905RX 955RX 965PE 965RX 968RX 885RX 915RX 935RX 945RX 985RX 300SX 4805XL 4845XL 4865XL 4853XL 4852XL 4817XL 4816XL 5825XL 5845XL 5848XL 5865XL 5885XL 5867XL 5864XL 5863XL 5862XL 4807XL 4625X 5849XL 5855XLD 5842XL 8845XL 8825XL 3805XL 5886XL 7845XL 7825XL 4825XL 6735A 6735A/X 6756X 6756X/A 6863XL 5602X 5602XL 6885XL 6865XL 6846XL 6826XL 6828XL 6829XL 5861XL 5841XL 5821XL 5822XL 5801XL 5801XL 5841XL 5861XL 6826XL 6885XL 6887XL 6886XLD 6867XL 6866XL 6848XL 5802XL 5817XL 5818XL 5842XL 5855XLD 5842XL 5822XL 5887XL 6886XL 4821XL 4821XL/A 5603X 5864XL 6885XL 3801XL 5863XL 5864XL 5867XL 7616X 7617X 7735X 7737X 7745X 7775XL 7825XL 7845XL 7864XL 7865XL 7866XL 7867XL 7885XL 7886XL 7887XL 8825XL 8831XL 8845XL 8846XL 8865XL 8867XL 5616X 5615X 5655A 5655A/X 5565X/B 5565X

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