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Again About Replacing a Dead Battery in 3D Vision Glasses

August 28th, 2012 · 3 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

It is not the first time that the rechargeable battery of a pair of 3D Vision glasses dies in my hands and it is not the first time I’ve replaced a dead battery (or have revived one that has had its voltage drop below the recommended level). Recently the battery in my very first pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses has stopped working, these glasses are over 3 years old already and have seen a lot of use, and while the last time I was lucky to have a suitable rechargeable single cell Lithium-Polymer battery available, this time I did not have. Fortunately, after a lot of searching for a small size single cell LiPo battery with similar capacity to the original battery used in the 3D glasses I have found out some suitable ones. The original battery used in the 3D Vision glasses is a 50mAh 3.7V 1S LiPo and these are not very common and widely used, but apparently some small radio controlled models use similar batteries.

The ones that I’ve found out are a 50mAh battery for $2 USD and a 70mAh for $1.84 USD from one of the largest Chinese online store for RC models and parts. Both batteries are very similar in size with the most notable difference being that the 70mAh one is 1mm thicker, but it also fits Ok in the glasses (no need to use double sided tape). At the time I’ve found the batteries only the 70mAh one was in stock so I’ve ordered a few to try them, but at the moment the 50mAh model is also available.

To replace the batteries you need to first desolder the old battery and remove the small electronics board that is soldered to the two terminals of the battery, this is a protection circuit that you need to solder on the replacement battery as it does not come with one. Then you just solder back the plus (red) and minus (black) cables to the new battery, recharge the glasses so that the new battery is fully charged and if everything is fine they should start working again (the batteries do come with some charge left in them, so you can test even before fully recharging them). In the end the good old pair of 3D Vision glasses is back in action and it can take up some more use before/if something else fails, the good news is that you can easily do the repair yourself and it will not cost you much, you only need a soldering iron and some basic skills using it.

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  • 1 Jason // Aug 28, 2012 at 22:40

    Hey Bloody I just wrote up this tutorial and thought it would be a good post :

    *TUTORIAL* 3DTV as an accessory display with Nvidia 600-series – New drivers allow both Surround+3DTV gaming with simple hotkey

    New Nvidia drivers (306.02 +) allow for your 3DTV to be an accessory display! This tutorial will show you how to set up your rig to switch between “Nvidia 3DTV Play” gaming and surround gaming with a simple Hotkey.

    For owners of 3DTV’s that like to switch between surround gaming and 3DTV gaming, this was a task that required a system reset.

    With UltraMon and the new drivers I have been able to set it up so that you can switch your gaming experience with a simple Hotkey : )

    Reference GTX 670 here…

    1. Set up your 3x surround displays using and check “surround” in Nvidia control panel. (You must use 2x DVI ports and 1x Displayport on your 600-series card)
    2. Use the remaining HDMI connection on your 600-series to plug in your 3DTV.
    3. When your surround and your bezel correction is set properly, go to “set up multiple displays” and activate the 3DTV. You can place it anywhere you want…I put it centered on top of the surround displays.
    4. Next set your surround display to be the “primary display”, apply… then exit back to desktop.
    5. Install Ultramon 3.2.1 from here http://www.ultramon.com
    6. Using Ultramon you can change which display is the primary with a simple Hotkey.
    7. Open UltraMon and save your current profile as “Surround”
    8. Exit Ultramon and open Nvidia Control Panel…Now switch your “primary display” to the 3DTV…
    9. Open Ultramon and save this profile as “3DTV Play”
    10. In Ultramon settings, you can now set a Hotkey to switch between these 2 profiles. I use F10 for 3DTV and F11 for Surround.

    *Switching Audio output*

    Using Soundswitch http://soundswitch.codeplex.com/releases/view/68935 you can set a Hotkey to switch your Audio output to the 3DTV and back again !

    I use F9 to switch audio output.

    It is soooooo nice to have a game like F1 2011 and be able to go from surround to 3D racing in seconds without a reset!

  • 2 eqzitara // Aug 29, 2012 at 00:23

    Very cool, I often don’t make it to battery expiration(I tend to toss them every once in a while for scratches). I hope to be more careful with them though.
    Are the batteries the same in 3d vision 2 glasses? And method to replace?

  • 3 Bloody // Aug 29, 2012 at 00:52

    The new 3D Vision 2 glasses probably use a different battery, but I still haven’t opened a pair to check what it is…

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