I'm just setting up an ST2300 as a book reader for the kids. I've read the archives from the beginning to get up to speed on the Stylistics. Thanks to everyone for their contributions, and especially Wanderer for a complete set of Win98 setup files. Next step is Linux.
My only battery runs the unit for less than an hour. As far as I know there's no way to resurrect it.
The other options seem to be e-Bay; new packs from a bunch of places; or rebuilding.
I see nothing on e-Bay right now, though I remember seeing a couple of auctions of surplus new and used packs go by in the last couple of weeks. Anybody got any to sell?
New packs are available from a number of places, for prices ranging from 175 to 250 bucks, which is more than I have in the entire system. <sigh>
Rebuilding with Lithium Ion cells looks tough. I can't find a source for the cells after a day of looking, but I did find a lot of discouraging comments from battery rebuilders saying they can't refurbish Li-Ion packs at all. I can solder and hack with the best of 'em, but I know I don't know all that I should before tackling the project.
Rebuilding with NiMH looks more do-able, though it might be tough to get quite the mAh capacity in the available volume. It'd sure be cheaper than buying new. What I don't know is if the charging and temperature circuits would present any problems.
I'd like to find some good batteries (for a decent price) or work out a good strategy for rebuilding them. I've got some tinkering time so I'd be glad to play guinea pig if any of you would be willing to advise me. Then I could post a tutorial on the hack so others could benefit.
Dead packs must be common out there. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do something useful with them?