Originally Posted by easysurfer
I think it's kind of a racket that the manufactures have the units sealed so one can't just easily pop a battery out and change it.
I have issues with common 'wear' items being sealed, but sometimes there is a functional reason behind it.
In devices where small is a big selling point, adding a door and a connector and wires and packaging around the battery can add significantly to the size and/or reduce the strength of the unit. Any discontinuity in the structure will require more material to 'beef up' that section.
That said, I don't like it. I think it is an environmental nightmare, and a hit to the pocket-book. More people will just toss the device if the cost of replacing the battery is high.
I like how the EU made the sensible decision to push cell phones to a common charger design (through USB) so people don't toss their charger with each new phone. I think we could use some regulation here to avoid pushing this sealed battery problem onto the consumer. Maybe mfgs should have to provide free battery replacement for life if it isn't user-serviceable? After all, the mfg got the selling advantage of a small, light unit - let them decide if it is worth it. If they make good batteries, there shouldn't be that many replacements needed. I don't think it would really be that burdensome to the mfg, but the environment could win, I think.