I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.


@48kRAM The *real* horror is a system board with a battery-backed NVRAM loaded with irreplaceable firmware or factory calibration data. If you don't know how to extract it from software, accepting the time bomb is the only "safe" option... :oh_no:

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@niconiconi @48kRAM

Carefully grind the package off these. You can then solder a new battery on to it on flying leads.
@niconiconi @48kRAM In those situations, it might work to add a second fresh remote battery in parallel, and then clip the first battery out.
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