Worx Lawn mower battery




If you have an older Worx lawn mower you probably use a lead-acid battery something like this one. The problem with lead-acid batteries in this application is that the battery doesn't last very long because of repeated deep discharging. I found that I had to replace the battery every year which gets annoying and expensive.



The solution I found to this problem was to replace the two 12V lead acid batteries that are inside the Workx WA3216 battery case with a 10 amp hour 7 cell lithium battery such as this one that I found for sale on Ebay. Note that the cost is only $5 more than buying a new Worx lead-acid battery and the long term cost will be much less because this battery should last many years. (Note that the charger pictured is shipped with the battery.)



It's not essential to have a volt meter on the battery, but for the minimal additional cost the meter gives you confidence that the battery has been properly charged and that you will have the capacity needed to finish your mowing job. This meter is perfect for the job because you can enter in the settings menu that you are using a 7 cell lithium battery and the meter will use that information to calculate the percentage of full capacity. (You can find the meter's setup instructions on the Amazon page for this product.)



Discard all the electronics inside the battery case except this fuse which you can reuse in the new circuit. You can also reuse the thick red and black wires used to deliver power to the mower.
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Connect the negative (black) wire from the batter to one end of the fuse and cover it with heat shrink tubing. Connect the thick black wire from the mower power connector and the black wire from the meter to the other end of the fuse and cover it with another piece of heat shrink tubing.
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The yellow twist-on connector was used to connect the thick red wire from the mower power connector to the red (positive) wire from the batter and the red wire from the meter. I put some epoxy inside the twist-on connector to make sure it couldn't fall off, althought that will make it harder to replace the battery if that ever becomes necessary. As shown, stuff some foam around the battery to prevent the battery from rattling around inside the case. I also put a piece of foam on top of the battery before screwing the case back together for the same reason.
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Use epoxy to glue the battery charging port to the hole that used to contain to discarded charging connector. The charging port must be flush with the outside of the case because if it sticks out it will prevent the battery from sliding fully into the mower. You will need to use a file to make the hole slightly larger so that the charging connector to fit.
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With the default meter setting, the display shows the battery capacity in percent.
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One of the meter settings allows you to also read the battery voltage. (The voltage and percentage readings toggle back and forth every few seconds).
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Before using the battery in your mower for the first time, remember to fully charge the battery.
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You can see that I used epoxy to attach the meter to the top of the battery case. Slide the battery into the mower as usual and you are ready to go. I noticed that the mower was more powerful (because the lithium battery voltage is higher than the lead-acid battery) and that the mower would last more than twice as long as a new lead-acid battery would.
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