Note that all LUXE shipped after JULY 2022 now have a better 2000mAh battery, it is you to descide if it worth it now to upgrade or not
In this tutorial we will see how to upgrade your MuseLuxe Speaker with a better rechargeable battery to extend the playing time or just to change your battery to extend its life. As nowaday reparability is an important aspect in product life, don’t put it in the trash when you can repair it!
Indeed the rechargeable battery included in the Luxe is not the best, as it is a budget battery the rated capacity is only rated 1200mAh (the deep cycle test I did get 1500mAh), to give you an idea today the most advanced 18650 battery can achieve 3500mAh so by changing the battery you could more than double the playing time.
Just as a matter of comparaison original battery vs 3500mah Battery:
- Playing time goes from 4h to 9h+
- Standby time goes from 14h to 60h+
Disclaimer : Unless explicitly mentioned by Raspiaudio this operation will void you existing warranty, Raspiaudio on can’t be hold responsible for any direct or indirect injuries resulting in this product modification. Batteries stores energy and could be dangerous if manipulated incorrectly.
- long flat screwdriver
- a non sharp metal blade this is usually a tool that you could find in kit to disassemble phones.
*A pair of pointy twisors
Part list :
A 3.7v rechargeable 18650 Lithium battery I recommend to use one with a protection circuit such as the one linked here I have based my test on (this is not an affiliate link) just a note on the battery, this is very hard to find a trustable battery source especially when you buy from China. As there is such a big price difference the battery capacity that is indicated on the battery is not always true. A trustable source in Europe is Nkon
Double sided tape
Step 1 : Open the speaker
Here is a short video : Note that the twisors are used to pass through the holes of the mesh and pull (this might damage your twisors tip).
the inide should look like this :
Step 2 : The blue built-in battery is glued in the case, so it is easier to put the new battery above as there’s enough room. But if you wish to remove the blue battery you will need to use a strong solvent such as Acetone
Step 3 : Disconnect the existing blue battery by cutting the red and black wire, be careful not to shortcut the battery. Remove the insulation of the cable on 1cm, and connect respectively the red and black cables on the new battery. You could solder cable together or just twist them together and use strong electrical tape for isolation.
Do not try to connect 2 batteries in parallel that are not exactly the same model