I'm having so much fun trying to replace the battery in my timex expedition watch... now I've got the new battery installed, I see the little label above the battery compartment that says "XHA.. Short pads after battery insertion". I'm hopeless with electrics/electronics. Anyways, the watch is doing nothing, it's dead, so I assume I have to short some pads somehow. I do see a couple of little pads very close to each other inside an opening on the case... question is how do I "short" them. I've tried sticking a bit of wire onto the 2 pads... nothing. Anyone know the secret?? Cheers. Pathetic
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posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 5:58p
try putting the cover back on? worth a try at least, or maybe just touch a screwdriver to the battery and side of case?
posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 7:02p
Freakin Timex forcing us to go to Jewellers... so a $2 job becomes a $20 job. Buggers.
Tried everything, no help on google either. Thanks anyways Thumper.
posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 9:09p
oh the joy of modern technology
posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 9:35p
Did you push the reset button? Not being a smartarse, trying to help.
Well there's no reset button . There is a label over the battery that states you need to 'short the pads after insertion" . I think I see the pads ( they're marked AC ). Guess I need tweesers or something to go from the top of the battery(+) to those pads. I've tried holding a bit of copper wire between them but nothing happens, still no display on the watch face. Oh well, we'll see what the jewellers tell me tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions anyways guys.
posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 11:27p
OnePatheticLoser said: [Q]Well there's no reset button . There is a label over the battery that states you need to 'short the pads after insertion" . I think I see the pads ( they're marked AC ). Guess I need tweesers or something to go from the top of the battery(+) to those pads. I've tried holding a bit of copper wire between them but nothing happens, still no display on the watch face. Oh well, we'll see what the jewellers tell me tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions anyways guys.
Why would the battery be giving you instructions on fiddling with your electronics? Remove labels/stickers on the battery that may interfere with the contacts, make sure the battery is touching the metal pads (make sure you put the battery in the right way) and it should work. You are talking about the small disc-shaped batteries, right? Putting them in is not rocket science. If the watch doesn't work it is likely to be a problem somewhere else.
posted: Jan. 13, 2006 @ 11:27p
maybe you need to jumpstart it? go out to your car and get out the jumpercables and see if this works.
i hold no responsibility if you, your watch, house or car suffer injuries or damages of any kind
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 12:18a
I know it's not rocket science. Jeez, I've changed batteries in watches before... normally just put the buggers in and the watch works. But... these new fangled modern digital things are now full of chips and all sorts. Like I say, this one needs 'shorting' to get it to work. Look at point 8 in this link if you dont believe me. And a few people have commented on Amazon about these Expedition Compass watches being a pain to 'reset' after battery changing. Anyways... if the Jeweller want more than $10, I'll just buy a new version of the watch from eBay... $28 shipped not bad.
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 1:02a
Odd, very odd. So is there a reset button you can push?
Why I oughta...
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 2:26a
Sometimes the wire doesn't make good contact because of a film of oxidation. Try a pair of tweezers or a bent paperclip.
If you can't reset the watch, leave the battery out overnight, which may reset it. Hitting the backlight button may also drain the charge.
Have you tried sci.electronics.repair?
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posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 11:47a
Take the battery back to the store & make sure that its fresh & has charge!
Also, make sure its not upsidedown.
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 11:59a
i changed a guess watch battery and also had to repair the dialface for a broken digit. post a pic if you want of the battery area and also check if the battery really works, they can be DOA.
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 12:42p
This may be far fetched but have you tried to contact Timex? They even have a live help csr available on weekdays. You can also call or e-mail.
its a digital you say? it may be possible that you ESDed on it (Electro Static Discharge). Did you ground yourself to something metal first, were you standing on carpet?
posted: Jan. 14, 2006 @ 5:59p
Well took the advice and tried a different battery... tadaaaaa!!! Worked stright away. So, it was just a bad battery in the end like someone suggested; it was a sealed Energizer. Yep, and I just placed a screwdriver into the slot where the 2 'pads' are and it came to life. Hopefully this battery will last longer than the original ( 1 year <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0> Thanks for the help all you FW'ers out there!
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posted: Jan. 15, 2006 @ 9:43a
Whenever I shop for a battery replacement at RadioShack, I always ask one of the sale associates to use their multi-meter on the battery. If the voltage isn't close to the range it's supposed to be, I kindly ask for another one.
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