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I've thought about various solderless approaches but they all involve buying more than bus wire, fuse wire, and solder. The price really starts to add up as you get to 6,000 cells.
I find that its pretty quick to take a pack offline, un-soder/lift the fuse wire up from the cell, and lift off the 4x5 18650 plastic battery holder. This exposes all the cells to review, volt meter for errant voltage, or even pop them out and retest.
For individual cell replacement/additoion - its easy to break the tabs of 4x5 18650 cell holder and desolder/push one out or push more in and solder up. Soldering does not seem to have hurt any of my cells.

The effort is not really that difficult vs how often you do it and even a solderless system will require unscrewing this or that or popping cells out of their holders etc.
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Agreed.....totally. Solderless is more expensive and more complicated. But I am treating this as a hobby so don't mind spending a little more to enjoy it. For other people who are trying to be cost effective that may not be a good solution.

Its like building a $1000 solar generator for camping when you could just spend $400 on a nice generator.
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(08-16-2019, 01:37 AM)clupton Wrote: Agreed.....totally.  Solderless is more expensive and more complicated.  But I am treating this as a hobby so don't mind spending a little more to enjoy it.  For other people who are trying to be cost effective that may not be a good solution.

Its like building a $1000 solar generator for camping when you could just spend $400 on a nice generator.

Agree as well!   Part of all this is that its FUN and of course you can make it 'prettier' etc.   Smile
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