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RE: Eclair ACL Rechargeable
I'm trying to convert an Anton Bauer charger into one I can use with my
homemade ACL batteries. I'm wiring a male 4-pin XLR cable to the wires
for the Bauer mount. I know this can be done sucessfully because I've
seen this done, but what I'm trying to figure out is this: do you
connect positive to positive and negative to negative, or do you reverse
it because it's charging the battery?
I blew up a charger trying this - positive to postive, negative to
negative, but it may have been a problem with the charger because when I
replaced the fuses it didn't come back to life.
I'm hoping one of you more electrically minded folks can help me - I'm
£110 seems pretty high for battery recells. I assume the packs you are
referring to are the Eclair original onboard batteries? I haven't seen
one up close but other List members have indicated that they are
relatively easy to open. You might look a buying the individual cells
online and doing the recells yourself. Not too hard if you are handy
with a soldering iron. I like www.batterystation.com because they give
you the actual dimensions of the cells and they carry all the off sizes
like 2/3AA and such. Measure your battery cases and then calculate what
size will fit. I, like Mark, recommend using 14.4v (12 cells) batteries
if you can fit them in your cases. I also recommend NiMH cells over
Ni-Cad any day. If you need a NiMH charger, a company called PowerSonic
builds a nice one. I use an SLA battery as a back-up and they work
quite well. Dirt cheap too!
If I ever get my website up and running, I will have some info on DIY
batteries. If anyone does a recell on their Eclair onboard packs,
please take some pics and send them too me. This is a common topic on
Stephen Pipe wrote:
> Ok so I've got the camera, they sent me a couple battery packs, I need
> to recell them. To get new NiCad batteries X20 for the two battery packs
> it will cost £110. The question is can I run the camera off of a
> rechargeable sealed lead acid battery, price £15? Same spec 12v 4a. The
> man from Maplin has fried my brain!
> Thankyou in advance Stephen
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