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daystate mk3 battery mod

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ganton Gunner, Jun 20, 2014.

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    Daystate no longer offer the "PCB modification upgrade" to allow the use of the plug in batteries, it used to be a reasonable £50ish, but the only factory option now is a full PCB replacement which as the article states is expensive.

    Shame they didn't see fit to acknowledge the original source of this mod, which was first done by Tony Tyrer and posted on the original DOC years ago, perhaps I missed it when reading the article.

    The second post comes from rk68 on the american airgunadvice website. For some one experienced with PCB's it is pretty straightforward, just be careful as the boards are fairly thin!

    The Daystate Forum has details of all the above and my photoguide on making a PP3 lead for PCB's with the plugs already fitted. HTH
     
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    One of my oldies mk3 was converted as pictured about 2 years ago

    I.ve cytted down the pcb, soldered two contacts plug and made 7cells hex batt from AAA rechargeble batts even before the daystate started to sell their owns

    But no pix left from that time

    It was ok with room inside as it was non-regged version
     
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    I bought a mk3 from an estate sale, it did not work, was told it just needed charging. It didn’t just need charging, it needed the soldered batteries changing completely. Rather than paying out,for new daystate batteries, I thought i would try something I saw on another website. Unbelievably it worked !!! All it cost was 20 minutes of my time. I had everything I needed in my tool box. A dremmel,wires,soldering iron and a 9 volt battery. I cut the battery connectors but left the stubs attached to the board,I soldered wires across from one of the + terminal to the opposing - terminal, then soldered the pp3 connector across the remaining stubs, plugged in the battery and it al fired up. No cost at all. I will invest in a decent rechargeable 9v battery, tomorrow’s job
     
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    Forgot to mention, mine is the regulated version, so not a lot of room in the woodwork.
     
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    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    I did this to my mk3 but I'm selling it on as its not needed anymore.
    Some cables might be heat shrinked to make them look better.

    IMG_20190708_164023.jpg The inletting on the stock needed tweaking but it needs finishing off IMG_20190708_164319.jpg
    mk3 battery mod.jpg
     
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    Essentially this is the wire route, obviously I have soldered the wires in permanently now
     
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    Looking good and it saves a ton of money, I just wanted to ensure the thing worked first, before I forked out on the proper new batteries.
     
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    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    Cool, i was going to cut down the pcb down to near the trigger, Yeah the DS ones can be mega dear if you can still get them these days that is.
    I've kept the pcb standard in case someone what's to convert it back to using DS style batteries.
     
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    I just need to find a .22 magazine now or a single shot tray.
     
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    I don’t think you really save any room by cutting down the pcb
     
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    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    @bl4de For a nice 3d printed single shot tray, I've had 2 off him now spot on they are. They come in most colours i believe & they've got the side step like the old rare westy trays.
    new green side step tray (1).jpg new green side step tray (2).jpg


    Agree not much room or anything if cutting the pcb down but it might look better, however I think it might add a bit of support.
     
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    Is the seller on this forum ??

     
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    I eventually bought a 10 shot magazine from c.a.r.m or carm 3D design, excellent mag and really good to use.
     
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    Had my Mk3 (FTR) from new in 2006, batteries lasted about 7 years and I replaced them (not cheap even back then). 7 years on and they have just gone again, so I thought I'd give this mod a go before shelling out £64 for a new set. Bought a good quality Duracell (rechargeable) PP3 9v battery £7.99, PP3 snap connector £1.59, and a couple of hours of my time, and it works a treat....well chuffed :thumb:
     
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    Does yours have the huge circuit board or the shorter type. Only asking,as after my batteries died,my circuit board packed up and the resulting charges nearly made me become incontinent for a day !!
     
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    Old Daystate board (green) and new heliboard (blue)
     

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    My Mk3 has one of the later 'short' PCB's fitted (done before I bought it). Which means the PP3 mod, when I need to do it is quite simple as the board has a connector like the heliboard for a battery.

    Also, holy thread resurrection batman!
     

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