scumbuster / swapping batteries?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any insight to this? I recently bought a scumbuster (model S500), and I wanted to install a VersaPack Gold battery into it, so that it would last longer on each charge. I was under the impression that these batteries were easily swapped out, based on other peoples' reviews that I've read. Has this changed?? It took me quite an effort to yank the original battery out, and once I did, it really doesn't look it was meant to be removed... I snapped a couple loose metal connectors, and the battery itself is in three small pieces covered in cardboard... oops! And now even with the old battery out, the new VersaPack Gold still doesn't fit. Was the swappable battery only supported in older models? I'm hoping I don't have to buy a new one, but honestly, after seeing the pieces I yanked out, I'm not very optimistic... :)
Thanks!
Rob
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Hi Rob
Most rechargeables are glued in place and/or the connections soldered.
That does not mean they can't be replaced, just not normally by the average consumer. Hence the common label, no user servicable parts inside on most items these days.
Even common flourescent lights, like the undercounter type, that still use a transformer and starter, the starter is hidden inside and considered not serviceable. In other words, the company expects the purchaser to buy a new fixture, each time the starter goes out.
If you study the contraption a little, you will more than likely figure out how to get the new battery installed.
TTUL Gary
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On 05 Nov 2003 14:09:11 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@bbs.galilei.com.nospam (Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr.) wrote:

If solder is present, one only need a soldering iron and some "wick". The wick will absorb melted solder off surfaces when using a soldering iron.
Nan, worked in a plant building circuit boards and electronic components for 3 years :-)
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