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Recommended cell for Rebuilding Dead Anton Bauer ProPac, Steadicam, BP90, Belt or other dry cell battery packs that use D size cells is MUTE Because:

 

broadcast Battery Rebuilding by The Professionals verses Amateurs and Chain / Franchise Store Amateurs, especially with Lithium Ion

Even though these come and go Rebuild / Recell / Refill want to be's use Rathbone Battery Reference Library PDF white sheets as a guideline, they still do not understand the electronics and battery cells and are still amateurs spinning facts to be misleading.  No matter what you are told, quality battery cells are also not available so Do NOT do a Rebuild, Recell, or Refill!  Explained in short on down this page.  These amateurs trying to recell or refill Anton Bauer, especially any Dionic Series, do not even understand or use the 2702 with DDM and cannot confirm that the battery is functioning properly.  From a battery assembler, what these amateurs are doing is very dangerous and these are very dangerous opportunists risking you and your equipment!  DANGER, DANGER! DO NOT DO A RECELL OR REFILL, EVER!  If it were still a viable alternative I would not have laid of 18 highly skilled electronics employees who did nothing but rebuild batteries.

*Nickel Cadmium battery cells are environmentally unfriendly. Thanks to International Environmental Concerns and the good laws of other countries, our battery cell manufacturers have already phased nickel cadmium from their manufacturing lines.  Panasonic did so in 2005. Sanyo started their depletion in 2008 and that division was sold to FDK in 2009.  You cannot use nickel cadmium battery cells and be green or promote yourself as environmentally friendly.  Rathbone Broadcast Batteries is an Environmentally Conscious Company striving to stay Green always. Having our own line of lithium ion broadcast battery packs, Rathbone Broadcast Batteries has phased out small cell nickel cadmium battery assembly and also battery rebuilding, no longer supporting new assembly or the rebuild of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) small cell nickel cadmium battery products in any market.  Being the only Battery Assembler Worldwide that supports rebuilding battery packs, we understand that this will create a hardship on those already invested in nickel cadmium products but we offer our Upgrade and great alternative in Lithium Ion.

Nickel Metal Hydride: Panasonic stopped production of small cell nickel metal hydride cells in 2009, and in a restructure mode - Sanyo Battery followed.  I understand that Panasonic invested in Sanyo Li-ION division and the rest, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride among other chemicals, was purchased by FDK Japan in 2009.  FDK has world wide offices and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan.  If I could find Panasonic or original Sanyo nickel metal hydride battery cells through Panasonic, Sanyo, or another Valued Added distributor, (who by the way have $5,000.00 minimum orders), the date codes on the cells would be too old and  unacceptable for premium capacity ratings. Chinese and South African/Chinese battery cells under any private label name have an average 200 discharge cycles, immediate battery cell deterioration, and cell leakage which will damage circuit boards and components.  We do NOT do Chinese cells.

LifePo4 - September 01, 2011: I started work on this product in 2007,  I will write a white page on why we continue to elect not to assemble this chemical battery and why the battery pack manufacturers we work with refuse to work with this chemical, and what my colleagues in the EV field and I experience when running extensive test on this chemical from existing manufacturers of the cell.  I wanted to introduce this pack in early 2008 but for the expectations of myself and industry colleagues that actually manufacturer battery packs and chargers, it is not practical or ready.  I have been approached by most if not all of the manufacturers of the cell for a long time wanting me to consider it for Broadcast batteries and other versions for EV research.  I have to say no and tell them why without giving out our experience and research information for free.  This has been very frustrating to me because I was looking forward to using this cell. 

DO NOT DO A REFILL EVER.  They are no longer built by professional battery assemblers anywhere and quality battery cells are no longer available!

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MUTE: The Best "Available" Cell: August 2007:Sanyo KR5000DEL

  1. The Best Available Rebuilding Value for your dead Anton Bauer ProPac Digital, Logic, or Screw Together Brick, including those of defunct companies who frequently close their doors and later open under the same or a different name, Is now with the Sanyo KR5000DEL Cell: 14.4V 5.4AH (@C\1 Rate) 81WH, 500 Discharge Cycles
  2. Battery Cell:  The Sanyo KR5000DEL Specs, Sanyo KR5000DEL, Press Negative, Fast Charge D cell. This cell is factored at 5.5AH at C/1 rate.  Engineering specification sheets spec Ni-Cd battery cells at 1.25V * 12 cells = 15V * 5.5AH = 82.5WH), with +/- 700-1000 full charge-discharge cycles.  This cell is fast charge, durable, and handles heat comparative to the N4000DRL.
  3. Press Negative or Pasted Negative "High Capacity" manufacturing technology. 
  4. August 2007:  Now the Best "Available" battery cell.  We do not use battery cells manufactured in Chinese factories under Chinese management.
  5. Panasonic and Sanyo Press Negative Nickel Cadmium Cells: 500 Charge Discharge Cycles.
  6. Panasonic and Sanyo Foam Press Negative Nickel Metal Hydride cells: 500 Charge Discharge Cycles.
  7. Panasonic and Sanyo Lithium Ion Cells: 500 Charge Discharge Cycles.
    1. A big reason we now manufacture Lithium Ion Broadcast Batteries.  BUT, NO CHINESE BATTERY CELLS!

09-01-2005: Panasonic P500DR, Foam Pasted, Rapid Charge Technology

  • Apparently Panasonic, due to what they consider low volume orders and good new laws in the European Union, has discontinued the P500DR battery cell and has phased out all nickel cadmium battery cells.

06-01-2007:  Saft VRE D-5500 Model #417-990-101: Sintered Positive Electrode, Rapid Charge Technology.

  • 39 out of 88 weeks our blanket orders to Saft were pushed back with unavailable delivery.  A battery assembler cannot stay in business with such intermittent delivery.
  • Battery Cell Manufacturers Impact

Choice 2: N4000DRL, Better durability but substantially less Watt Hours.

  1. To focus buying power we are also using the Sanyo KR5000DEL cell in place of the N4000DRL.  We will use the N4000DRL at your request.
  2. The Standard 60.0/65WH Anton Bauer ProPac Digital, Logic, or Screw Together Brick Cell Is the Sanyo N4000DRL: 14.4V 4.0AH (@C\1 Rate) 60/65WH
  3. Battery Cell: The Sanyo N4000DRL, 4.0AH Fast Charge D cell, exceeding the industry standard. This cell is factored at 4.0AH at C/1 rate.  Engineering specification sheets spec Ni-Cd battery cells at 1.2V * 12 cells = 15V * 4.0AH = 65WH), with +/- 700-1000 full charge-discharge cycles.  This cell is durable and also handles heat well.
  4. Sintered Positive Electrode manufacturing technology.

Choice 3: UniROSS: From May until August, Could not even deliver 12 cells for testing.

Choice 4: Harding Energy: Failed our Test terribly.

Pack shown in the manufacturers blue shrink is built as 14.4V insert using a Panasonic P500DR cell.  

Click on picture to enlarge.  Hoover over picture for text notes.

Panasonic P500DR insert shown in the manufacturers PVC shrink for display purposes. Panasonic P500DR insert in fibers tubes Panasonic P500DR finished inserts with top and bottom fiber insulators ready for installation.

Notes:

  1. From the left, picture one: For this presentation only, the blue shrink shows the original manufacturers PVC shrink.
    1. The individual weld tabs are now covered in heat shrink.
    2. The actual packs are enclosed in fiber tubes.
  2. From the left, picture two: The fiber tubes show the actual pack in the building process.
    1. The individual weld tabs are now covered in heat shrink.
  3. From the left, picture three: The P500DR battery packs are in the manufacturers PVC shrink tubing, then enclosed in fiber tubes with heat shrink on the individual tabs, and then the top and bottom are covered in fish paper insulator material.

Start Caveat Emptor

  1. Both of the following Press Negative cells are now discontinued.  If still in business some other assemblers used to promote a Varta or Saft Press Negative cell as a 5.5AH cell rating but what the clients did not know to ask was:  What is the "C" charge rate?  The 5.5 AH cells were really less than 5.0AH rated cells at C/1.  You can state a higher amp hour rating by changing the "C" rate.  For example to C\2.  This does not make the cell a true 5.5AH cell at C\1.
    1. We are aware of one assembler calling themselves a battery company who used to pass Saft 4.5AH overnight charge D cells of as Gates 5.7AH fast charge D cells.  I could go on but you've gotten the point.

Consider:

We have seen so many broadcast battery rebuilding companies close, open again, silently close again, come back under a different name, and then close again. They always come back with a crafty spin, gimmicks, cheap prices, and plugging brand names while using cheap cells.   End Caveat Emptor

 

We know because when you have problems later we get your calls.

Through all of our own challenges at Rathbone Energy we have kept our doors open faithfully for your business since 1989. Our FAQ sheets supply you with total detail on every item we assemble and specifications for every cell available as well as what to look for in a good vendor and a bad vendor.

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