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snippifish
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09 August 2019 11:14 pm

So what are our options here in Australia nobody is willing to send the battery here and I can't find anywhere online locally who sells them..is our only option to make our own battery packs? Who has time for that

#2

grubstake
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10 August 2019 12:05 am

Clegy is a local agent for RNB - have you spoken to him?:
https://detectorist.com.au/collections/ … erformance


Where it is, there it is.

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snippifish
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18 August 2019 10:39 am

Thanks for that link, i think I have spoken to this guy a while back. He said he doesn't sell enough of them so it's not worth the paperwork and hastle but just in case it was someone else I have sent the enquiry..
Will see how things pan out

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Ridge Runner
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18 August 2019 10:54 am

They sell em over here, I think I can still get them.


Dig em all,

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snippifish
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19 August 2019 01:22 am

Got an email back from cleggy he won't do it. Surely there has to be a way to get this thing to Australia ?

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snippifish
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19 August 2019 01:24 am

Ridge Runner wrote:

They sell em over here, I think I can still get them.

Who sells them?

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Ded Driver
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19 August 2019 12:08 pm

Snippinfish you could also try these 2 sites in the UK for further contacts/enquiries
otherwise contact RidgeRunner
get 10 posts up on the Forum & the 'Message' (PM) box/link will come up under peoples 'email' link
https://rnb-innovations.com/
https://www.leisure-promotions.co.uk/ba … s-24-c.asp

Last edited by Ded Driver (19 August 2019 12:17 pm)


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Rustynails
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19 August 2019 12:43 pm

Snippifish, have you considered one of the eBay battery trays that run 3 x 18650 lithium’s? karellian65 did a review of them on this site, I’d post a link but I don’t know how. I run one in an mxt. The seller still lists them on eBay at $30US posted.

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Whisp
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19 August 2019 01:08 pm

This info from another forum, he seems to have solved it rather simply .....

https://www.detectorprospector.com/foru … he-tdi-sl/


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Ded Driver
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19 August 2019 04:03 pm

hey rustynails, can you post up a pic or link to the desrciption of the battery tray you refer to on eBay?

Last edited by Ded Driver (19 August 2019 04:03 pm)


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Ded Driver
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19 August 2019 04:15 pm

hey guys, heres the post from Karelian65 on battery trays
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … p?id=20638


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#12

mbasko
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Everything we use comes from mining or farming.

#13

Ded Driver
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19 August 2019 04:44 pm

goodstuff mbasko thumbsup
.
edit
i notice the link you give is the US .com ebay site
i usually use the Au .com.au site, so hadnt searched that one!

Last edited by Ded Driver (19 August 2019 05:03 pm)


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19 August 2019 04:55 pm

Yep, thats the one. This tray has an advantage over the R&B battery as you can carry spare 18650’s. When the R&B goes flat it’s over for the day. An important consideration with a high drain machine like the SL.
The same tray powers the mxt for an eternity.

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19 August 2019 05:04 pm

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile


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19 August 2019 05:55 pm

and an interesting 2019 comparison/recommendation on 18650 batteries here
https://www.18650batterystore.com/Best- … -s/142.htm
and this, "the best 18650 battery & how to avoid buying fakes'
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/18650-battery/


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#17

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19 August 2019 06:11 pm

As seen on a few other forums.
Whites spare AA battery tray modified in Australia.
Batteries and charger available in Australia.
Fits: SPP, TDI SL and TDI Beach Hunter + others using same tray.

1566198284_dscf0518_400.jpg

#18

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19 August 2019 07:04 pm

We had a few dead laptops laying about the house so I opened the battery packs and salvaged the 18650 batteries. I bought a charger with a discharge / test function so I could discard weak batteries and group the remainder by capacity. Ended up with about 2 dozen batteries in the 2300mah range. I also bought a battery pack on eBay that takes 6 x 18650’s with an inbuilt protection circuit and 5v USB output which allows on the go charging of phones and even my nox if needed. The battery pack was about $20.

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19 August 2019 07:08 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

goodstuff mbasko thumbsup
.
edit
i notice the link you give is the US .com ebay site
i usually use the Au .com.au site, so hadnt searched that one!

Cheers beer
I use ebay.com.au too but change the search location filter to worldwide when looking for stuff like that or if I can't source something in Australia.
Those trays look like a good thing. With a couple of sets of 18650's still cheaper (& more versatile) than the RnB battery.


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19 August 2019 08:22 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts. The MXT is voltage regulated so by adding a higher voltage will not serve any purpose and may kill the machine.

Last edited by Ridge Runner (19 August 2019 08:59 pm)


Dig em all,

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#21

Ded Driver
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19 August 2019 09:02 pm

Ridge Runner wrote:
Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts.

goodaye RR. Cheers for the heads-up, but im aware of the voltage. I plan to experiment with 6 if they will fit, wired in 2 sets of 3 for 12.6V,
or if not, just a single set of 3.
Ive had instances in the past of half used alkaline batteries leaking if left in for a bit so I don't trust them & always take them out.
I'd be more comfortable leaving the Lithium in & fitting a socket to the tray for charging while in place.
DED


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#22

Ridge Runner
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19 August 2019 09:27 pm

Ded Driver wrote:
Ridge Runner wrote:
Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts.

goodaye RR. Cheers for the heads-up, but im aware of the voltage. I plan to experiment with 6 if they will fit, wired in 2 sets of 3 for 12.6V,
or if not, just a single set of 3.
Ive had instances in the past of half used alkaline batteries leaking if left in for a bit so I don't trust them & always take them out.
I'd be more comfortable leaving the Lithium in & fitting a socket to the tray for charging while in place.
DED

Whites already make a NiMh 2200mah rechargeable pack that runs for about 40 hours, If I want to use rechargeable batteries I just use some 2700/2750mah batteries, I prefer to use them when doing testing and when detecting I use normal Duracells.


Dig em all,

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#23

Rustynails
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19 August 2019 09:28 pm

Ridge Runner wrote:
Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts. The MXT is voltage regulated so by adding a higher voltage will not serve any purpose and may kill the machine.

This battery tray only has 3 cells @ 4.15v per cell which results in a maximum terminal voltage of 12.45volts. Not a issue for the mxt.
I know some people are building 4 cell packs for the SL but this isn’t it.

#24

Ridge Runner
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19 August 2019 09:48 pm

Rustynails wrote:
Ridge Runner wrote:
Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts. The MXT is voltage regulated so by adding a higher voltage will not serve any purpose and may kill the machine.

This battery tray only has 3 cells @ 4.15v per cell which results in a maximum terminal voltage of 12.45volts. Not a issue for the mxt.
I know some people are building 4 cell packs for the SL but this isn’t it.

The RnB packs are a waste of money when it comes to the MXT because the factory run times are grossly understated and the peak voltage of 18650's "might" be an issue,


Dig em all,

#25

Rustynails
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19 August 2019 10:07 pm

Ridge Runner wrote:
Rustynails wrote:
Ridge Runner wrote:
Ded Driver wrote:

just ordered the tray for my MXT big_smile

Your MXT will run for around 60 hours +/- using a set of Duracells, You might need to contact Whites to see if the MXT can handle the Voltage, The TDI's can handle up to around 16.v /16.4v but the MXT might have issues with that kind of voltage,

I always change my MXT Batteries at around 57 hours running Duracell AA's, running them down to about 8 or 9 volts. The MXT is voltage regulated so by adding a higher voltage will not serve any purpose and may kill the machine.

This battery tray only has 3 cells @ 4.15v per cell which results in a maximum terminal voltage of 12.45volts. Not a issue for the mxt.
I know some people are building 4 cell packs for the SL but this isn’t it.

The RnB packs are a waste of money when it comes to the MXT because the factory run times are grossly understated and the peak voltage of 18650's "might" be an issue,

Get the thermos out and have a cup of tea. You’ll feel better. smile smile


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