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Re: Eclair ACL 14.4v and 400' mags

I found recently that if you have the HD motor, you need 14.4v to run at
75fps.  I tried it with my little 12v batteries and it didn't work.  My good
ole' Anton Bauer bricks reved that puppy up fine!

Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: <cinesota@yahoo.com>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 2:11 PM
Subject: Eclair ACL 14.4v and 400' mags

Hey all,

I concur with Mark's theory about using a 14.4v battery with the small
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 wouldn't
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' mag...

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 that
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 overheat
the motor.  The lil guy is trying as hard as he can and it doesn't hurt
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 guys
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 first
mentioned using 14.4 volts with the ACL.  Thanks Wade!

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