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DIY or Mod a rechargable Battery for Old camera Answered

Hello,
I've got a great old 16mm Cine camera, but unfortunately the battery has corroded into non-existence.
Fortunately I managed to get into contact with a guy who used to rent out the same camera and said that I needed to find or make the following battery.

Voltage between 8 and 12 Volts, with 3.8Ah

I would like to be able to recharge this battery as it would save a lot of money and obviously I would like an easy as well as safe way to charge them.

I'm not much of an electrical guru, but I can solder, follow instructions and work some things out for myself, but I really need some help getting this machine working again.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The Skinnerz
The Skinnerz

9 years ago

9.6V packs are widely available in a wide range of shapes and capacities, but you can make your own using a powerful soldering iron from seperate 1.2V cells (Many model or RC shops can do this for you).

The capacity (in Ah) does not have to be a specific value, but more is better.

As for charging, there are a huge number of commercial and home built chargers, just make sure to match to the voltage and type of battery.

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crudworks
crudworks

Reply 9 years ago

Thank you for replying.
I was just about to pull this down as I had just found this answer.
Would you recommend buying the more expensive smart chargers for NiCd, NiMh and Li-Po batteries?
Also which type of battery do you recommend that I should I use?

But these batteries have given me a good idea for a future project as well.

Thank you.

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The Skinnerz
The Skinnerz

Reply 9 years ago

Ni-MH packs are fine, but extra capacity and less weight are better if you have the money to spend. You should be alright with a normal/fast charger for Ni-Cd or Ni-MH packs, but I hear that lithium batteries can be harder to charge properly, so it may be worth investing in a better charger.