Battery Conectior

Question - If one did not want to use the jst battery connector, would it work to connect the battery to the header pins?

J11 pin 4 for battery +
J10 (or J12) pin 2 for battery -

Just curious, as I could save 2mm on my case height if I removed the jst altogether, but soldering leads to the jst connector location is difficult for me (they are pretty small and close together).

Yes, that should work. the VBat line on J11 is directly connected to the charger.

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Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I thought it might be useful for others to confirm

Soldering the battery+ on J11 pin 4, and battery- on J10 pin 2 worked just fine.

Allowed me to remove the battery connector on the RAK5005 altogether and save a few millimeter of vertical/top space in the case design.