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V-3 Remote Power 2013
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:36:34 AM »
What's up people?? I am wanting to use my V3 but my old eco-charge is totally kaput!! I have seen these threads:

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http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=155454.0

I was wondering if anyone had better instructions or a way to tell if my V3 is 6v or 12v, I don't remember.

I am going to for sure be making a new battery pack for it and will post all pics as it's happening.

What's the deal, why is no one running one of these beautiful preamps any more?

I always had trouble with the power cable and battery pack so I'm super stoked to make a new upgrade.

Suggestions welcomed.
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 06:45:41 AM »
The serial number sticker should indicate if it is a 6v or 12v.  If you have the serial number you can contact grace designs and they can look it up.
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 07:48:52 AM »
Here is a list of batteries that folks on the board are using...

Dynex DVD / 9v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID
http://www.dynexproducts.com/products/video-accessories/DX-LI101.html
Ultralast DVD  / 9v / Size B, 4.00mm OD × 1.70mm ID
http://www.ultralastbatteries.com/battery-match/?R=&page=details&model=UL-DVDL&category_id=1
Bixnet BP160 / 12V/19V + 5V USB Port / Size N, 5.50mm OD × 2.50mm ID
http://www.bixnet.com/unpowbat.html
Battery Geek Mobile Power Station (Different Models) / Size N, 5.50mm OD × 2.50mm ID
http://www.thebatterygeeks.com/External-Laptop-Batteries-for-PC-Mac-Tablets-s/1.htm
Tekkeon 3450 / 5,6,7.5,9,12,14,16,19V & 5V USB port / KPPX-3P Kycon DC Power Connector
http://www.tekkeon.com/products-mypowerall.html
Naztech PB15000 Universal Power Bank Charger / 9,12,16,18,19,20,21V / Size N, 5.50mm OD × 2.50mm ID
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007URKIGC/ or ebay source here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/130691172867?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 09:36:42 AM »
if you can't dig up a DVD battery (they're still out there, and they work great.  you can have it refitted with better cells too), i'd go the Tekkon route.  i've heard nothing but good things regarding that battery.

no need to build anything yourself if you don't need to.

and Ted is pretty much the subject matter expert on this, and he makes great cables if you need one.
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 10:51:22 AM »
another option -- ecocharge batteries are nothing more than sealed lead acid batteries (SLA) with fancy caps affixed to the top. If you carefully pry off the cap, you'll find that you can easily replace the battery with a new one (the power wires slide onto the battery terminals) and continue to use your existing ecocharge infrastructure.

The battery sizes used by ecocharge are non-proprietary and are readily available . . .. 

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 02:26:52 PM »
if you can't dig up a DVD battery (they're still out there, and they work great.  you can have it refitted with better cells too), i'd go the Tekkon route.  i've heard nothing but good things regarding that battery.

no need to build anything yourself if you don't need to.

and Ted is pretty much the subject matter expert on this, and he makes great cables if you need one.

Ted is awesome. Very easy to reach.

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 05:25:20 PM »
another option -- ecocharge batteries are nothing more than sealed lead acid batteries (SLA) with fancy caps affixed to the top. If you carefully pry off the cap, you'll find that you can easily replace the battery with a new one (the power wires slide onto the battery terminals) and continue to use your existing ecocharge infrastructure.

The battery sizes used by ecocharge are non-proprietary and are readily available . . ..

There are a lot of drop in Lithium Polymer SLA drop in replacement batteries avail now as well - I don't know if the ecocharge charger will work but it may -  they weigh about half the weight and hold 25-30% more charge.   They cost a bit more at $90-150 versus $25 or so for the SLA counterpart
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 05:32:48 PM »
I was asking the same question not too long ago.  I bought the Tekkeon 3450 and so far it has worked great. 
I see some folks have had trouble with them but so far so good.  I bought it through Grace's website w/ the power cable for the V3. 
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2013, 12:14:11 AM »
I was asking the same question not too long ago.  I bought the Tekkeon 3450 and so far it has worked great. 
I see some folks have had trouble with them but so far so good.  I bought it through Grace's website w/ the power cable for the V3. 

The great feeling you have now will make the pain that much worse when it fails you.
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 12:18:27 AM »
just sent this e-mail:

To: chris@tekkeon.com
Sent: Tue, January 15, 2013 11:17:34 PM
Subject: Re: RMA C0507211 myPower ALL MP3450 (2)

Hey Chris

All three replacements failed. One last Summer and the last two a few weeks ago. I am warning people here not to rely on them. 6 for 6 failure rate was as bad as it can get.

http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=160202.0
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 02:19:23 PM »
another option -- ecocharge batteries are nothing more than sealed lead acid batteries (SLA) with fancy caps affixed to the top. If you carefully pry off the cap, you'll find that you can easily replace the battery with a new one (the power wires slide onto the battery terminals) and continue to use your existing ecocharge infrastructure.

The battery sizes used by ecocharge are non-proprietary and are readily available . . ..
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The hardest part is to pry off the top that Eco charge puts on the battery.  After that, just replace the battery and pop top back on.  You'll have a brand new set up.  I don't have the model number in front of me but I think they cost about $25-30 for a new one. 

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 09:43:37 PM »
Moment of truth. Set up for RRE in Milwaukee with Bennett's old batteries.
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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2013, 03:52:44 PM »
Moment of truth. Set up for RRE in Milwaukee with Bennett's old batteries.

All went well last night. So much easier than having to turn on the Tekkeons and set the voltage. So nice to have the charge indicator lights and light weight after lugging around 12 volt and then 6 volt ecocharges from 1999-2008. It is also great to have the dual feed so I can swap out one when needed and keep rolling. To top it off waiting at work today was my box from Amazon. I ordered 4 of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Lenmar-DVDU923-Universal-Battery-Portable/dp/B0011MZORU

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 10:57:56 PM »
Moment of truth. Set up for RRE in Milwaukee with Bennett's old batteries.
Moment of truth. Set up for RRE in Milwaukee with Bennett's old batteries.

All went well last night. So much easier than having to turn on the Tekkeons and set the voltage. So nice to have the charge indicator lights and light weight after lugging around 12 volt and then 6 volt ecocharges from 1999-2008. It is also great to have the dual feed so I can swap out one when needed and keep rolling. To top it off waiting at work today was my box from Amazon. I ordered 4 of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Lenmar-DVDU923-Universal-Battery-Portable/dp/B0011MZORU

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Re: V-3 Remote Power 2013
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2013, 08:11:43 AM »
Anyone using something like this for their V3?

http://www.all-battery.com/nimh6v10000mahbatterypackwithbareleadscustomize.aspx

Nimh 6V 10000mAh Battery Pack with Bare Leads.  About $40.

Just splice in a RC type connection with the V3 plug. 


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