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
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
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.
MUTE: The Best "Available" Cell: August
- 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!
- Battery Cell: The
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.
- Press Negative or Pasted Negative "High Capacity"
- August 2007: Now the Best "Available"
battery cell. We do not use battery cells manufactured in Chinese
factories under Chinese management.
- Panasonic and Sanyo Press Negative Nickel
Cadmium Cells: 500 Charge Discharge Cycles.
- Panasonic and Sanyo Foam Press Negative
Nickel Metal Hydride cells: 500 Charge Discharge Cycles.
- Panasonic and Sanyo Lithium Ion Cells: 500
Charge Discharge Cycles.
- 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
- 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
Battery Cell Manufacturers Impact
Choice 2: N4000DRL, Better durability but substantially less Watt Hours.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
- Sintered Positive Electrode manufacturing
Choice 3: UniROSS: From May until August, Could not even deliver 12 cells
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.
- From the left, picture one: For this
presentation only, the blue shrink shows the original
manufacturers PVC shrink.
- The individual weld tabs are now
covered in heat shrink.
- The actual packs are enclosed in fiber
- From the left, picture two: The fiber
tubes show the actual pack in the building process.
- The individual weld tabs are now
covered in heat shrink.
- 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
Start Caveat Emptor
- 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.
- 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.
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.
D Cell Specs Much better detail on your options.
Last Revised September 09, 2002
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