How to Open the Battery Pack for an ICOM BP-84

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How to Open the Battery Pack for an ICOM BP-84
ICOM makes a variety of battery-powered marine radios. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The ICOM BP-84 is a battery uniquely designed for use in the company's line of handheld marine radios. To get into the battery pack itself is a dangerous but not difficult task that can be done with common tools.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye goggles
  • Bench vice
  • Hacksaw
  • Flathead screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on the rubber gloves and eye goggles. Place the BP-84 into a bench vice so one of its side edges is facing up. Close the bench vice jaws.

  2. 2

    Saw into the edge, going lengthwise. Go down approximately 1/2 inch into the battery pack housing. Stop and remove from the vice. Place it back into the vice so the bottom edge is facing upward. Saw the bottom edge approximately 1/2 inch down into the housing.

  3. 3

    Remove the battery pack and place back into the vice so the remaining long edge, the opposite side from the first saw cut, is facing up. Saw down 1/2 inch into the housing. Remove from the vice.

  4. 4

    Insert the flathead screwdriver tip into the sawn slit and gently pry the plastic housing off the battery pack.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that once cracked open, the battery pack can no longer be used in the ICOM radios.
  • Opening the battery pack is dangerous and should only be done wearing rubber gloves and eye goggles.

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