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Re: Eclair ACL 14.4v and 400' mags

Even with the HD motor,  you'll need 14.4v to run a 400' mag at 75fps.  12v
will push a 400' mag fine at 48fps or below.

Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wade Ramsey" <wramsey@bju.edu>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: Eclair ACL 14.4v and 400' mags

Yep, 14.4v worked for us.  BTW, when the French mags first came out,
either the news release or the importer pointedly mentioned the fact
that they would not work with the small motor.  No point in forcing it
and losing your motor!


>>> cinesota@yahoo.com 2/28/02 5:11:22 PM >>>
Hey all,

I concur with Mark's theory about using a 14.4v battery with the
ACL motor.  I found that combined with the English designed 400' mags

that my ACL has been able to reliably pull a 400' film load.  I
try it with the French mags though.  Even with more voltage you would

probably burn out your motor.  A couple of other things worth
considering if you are using the small motor with an English 400'

First, I would make sure your camera is in tip top order and properly

lubricated.  The motor is already at it's limit and any undo stress
might cause problems.  What I'm gettin' at is don't try this with
gem you found on ebay until you've had a qualified tech check your
camera and make sure everything is up to spec.
Secondly, I would allow your camera to "cool down" if you just shot a

long take.  Don't try to squeeze off mag after mag or you might
the motor.  The lil guy is trying as hard as he can and it doesn't
to give the motor a breather once in awhile.

Hopefully someone will find this info of use.  Your mileage may vary.

Most of it's just common sense.  Maybe it will keep us small motor
going until we can afford Robert's motor or the Tobin unit.

By the way, I too am interested in Mark's onboard battery holder (but

Mark knew that already).


ps. To give credit where credit is due, I believe it was Wade that
mentioned using 14.4 volts with the ACL.  Thanks Wade!

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