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Valued Customer, you need to
read all of this page.
Yes, we still rebuild nickel
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
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.
Rathbone Broadcast Batteries and
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
It is important for you to
understand the ongoing
transition in the battery
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
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
You can read detail in a later
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
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
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
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.
Ron L. Rathbone and
The Team at Rathbone Energy,
If on an outside chance you have found a
battery assembler or a battery pack rebuilder that offers everything we do in:
cell selection, building your battery pack, efforts in safety, detailed black and white
description sheets backed up by detailed manufacturers battery cell
specification sheets, packing slips, and invoices, you have just found
the web site and reason why. rathboneenergy.com, Introducing a Battery
Ethics Standard to Our Industry.
The more you are accurately informed the better you
will appreciate rathboneenergy.com
Rathbone Store: www.rathboneenergy.biz
The Team at Rathbone Energy
Thursday, August 27, 2009 04:22:47 PM
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