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Valued Customer, you need to read all of this page. June 2009.
Yes, we still rebuild nickel metal hydride.  First your Hytron 100 Series Batteries, 100, 120, 140: If you have contacted me about rebuilding Hytron 100 series batteries, need Hytron 100 series batteries rebuilt. or have Hytron 100 series batteries that will need to be rebuilt in the future, this page is very important to you.   Read it all starting with, "I will try very hard to be brief".

For example: Thanks to a long time client who recently shipped in a very large order of Hytron 100 series batteries for rebuilding the next week I received Sanyo HR-DU (10) nickel metal hydride battery cells and did an assembly run for nickel metal hydride battery inserts to rebuild battery packs.

If you have been waiting for me to advise the next run of these cells in assembly this was your notice. Availability of the proper battery cells is very limited. You need to ship your Hytron 100 Series batteries to me with payment upon my notification for expedient rebuild. Please also advise me via email that you have shipped them to me for rebuild!

Why? In this economic environment I must place my order for shipment and be ready to pay COD Cashiers Check on arrival. The cost is several thousand dollars paid for with new sales orders.  Like our battery cell manufacturers we cannot carry that inventory for unknown orders in this economic depression. Of the limited number of cells I can now source, I want to secure what I can find for my clients who have been patiently waiting for me to do a Hytron 100 rebuild. Also, I need the business.
 

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News Update: Hytron 100, 120, 140 Series Rebuild Update:
I am running a Hytron 100 Series assembly now for rebuilding your Hytron 100 Series batteries. 150WH, 500 Discharge Cycles, 5.5 Pound, tested on Anton Bauer 2702 chargers with DDM, Sanyo HR-DU (10), plastic welded case, insulated tubes, $357.00 each.
 
I will try very hard to be brief.

It is important for you to understand the ongoing transition in the battery market. Rathboneenergy.com has been a full disclosure web site since inception in 1993. We believe it is important to sell product and right now we really need to sell product. But, we believe that it is just as important that you the client be armed with the knowledge and transitional changes before they take place in the battery industry. This allows you the client to better plan your three year, five year or longer budgets and equipment purchases.

Much of this information is in our PDF article, “First Our Position On Nickel Cadmium”, which I am about to update.

As many of you know December 2007 – March 2008 caused a critical event for 19 year old Rathbone Energy. We are now at a point to finally get past those events. Hurray!

You can read detail in a later article.

Panasonic dropped nickel cadmium in 2005. Panasonic is now deleting certain nickel metal hydride cells. I was told by one Panasonic person they had already dropped all nickel metal hydride cells. Later, when talking with the top Panasonic OEM representative his statement was that no one had asked Panasonic for comment and that it was untrue that they had dropped all nickel metal hydride cells. When I asked about purchasing their closest equivalent to the required Sanyo cell, he said, yes, we have dropped those cells.

Sanyo supplies the HR-DU (10) I use to rebuild your Hytron 100 Series batteries. Sanyo advised me in early March 2008 that they were going into a massive restructure. Already Sanyo was following the direction of other battery cell manufacturers by continuing to reduce the inventory they maintain in the United States.

The following is my understanding. Sanyo basically has little to no inventory in the US. Sanyo has removed the majority of assemblers that they sold to direct, including me. Sanyo has kept a handful of assemblers in the US that can meet directly a $100,000.00 minimum order and hold inventory on their shelves instead of at Sanyo USA. Sanyo continues to reduce and deplete the nickel cadmium product until they are at zero. Sanyo is now beginning to reduce their nickel metal hydride supply as well. Eventually that will be at zero as they change their focus only on lithium ion technology. Factories who private label for large companies who retail mass volume of a specialty battery product under their own brand name will continue to get battery cell supply from Sanyo for now. These private label companies buy a mass volume and stock on their shelves and those of their product distributors for unknown periods of time.  Thus, why you have new batteries arrive DOA.

Yesterday I had a client tell me about buying four units of a particular battery at the same time. The battery chemistry is supposed to have an infinite shelf storage life. As I already know, they do not. Three of the batteries are performing at a substantially better rate then the fourth. The most probable reason is the age of that fourth battery pack.

I spent this past week sourcing the required battery cell for your Hytron 100 Series batteries. I only found one direct distributor source whose product I can trust not to be significantly aged and they have only a few left and a twelve week lead time on the next delivery, if delivered.

Other distributors made comments like, "If you can find that old stuff good luck."

New ARO times on new inventory can easily run 36 weeks or more from the factories on any chemistry.

Because of these desperate times in this severe economic depression, factories are not producing materials until they are paid for.

Those that are stocking battery cells in the United States are Chinese, Third World, South African / Chinese, and they are of extremely poor quality. These cells are used by a new arrival to the battery rebuild industry for refilling. We will NOT use these cells.  Cases are glued and not plastic welded and your fine Anton Bauer batteries are NOT tested with Anton Bauer 2702's with DDM.  This is extremely important for an Anton Bauer battery.  Another article for later.

Thank you for thinking of us. I look forward to receiving your batteries for rebuild very soon and as always, appreciate and am thankful for your business.

Sincerely,
Ron L. Rathbone and
The Team at Rathbone Energy, Inc.

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