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Rechargeable battery solutions: AA and AAA

Filed under: live sound and recording,parts,photography,tools — 2009-10-16 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2010-01-24 by Richard L. Hess

I wrote about rechargeable batteries back in April 2009 and while I have expanded the installation of the iPowerUS 9V batteries to three chargers and twelve batteries at the church and one charger and four batteries in my facility, I have adopted a different approach to AA and AAA cells from that outlined previously.


Rechargeable battery solutions 9V, AA, AAA

Filed under: live sound and recording,parts,photography,tools — 2009-04-27 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2009-10-16 by Richard L. Hess

Battery technology continues to improve. In 2007, I bought some Sony fast-charge nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) AA cells and charger. They have worked well for digital cameras, electronic flashes, and a portable audio recorder. NiMH cells are available in major stores and some offer long-shelf-life-per-charge and come pre-charged.

Recently, I did a thorough search for 9 V rechargeable batteries for wireless microphones at church. I was pleased to discover that iPowerUS (they have a Toronto office) was able to provide lithium polymer 9 V batteries that far outperformed the available NiMH offerings. We bought one DC9V charger and eight DC9V-520mAh batteries for alternate use in four wireless transmitters that we use regularly. We expect this system to pay off in a year or less.

I also bought their GC-60 tester/charger for my NiMH AA and AAA cells which, so far, looks excellent. Both chargers come with a “wall wart” and a car cord.

See updates in this article.

Sony APR-5000 head assembly problem

Filed under: parts,Sony APR-5000 — 2009-07-14 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2009-07-14 by Richard L. Hess

I was having slightly intermittent connections on one head assembly on a Sony APR-5000 and was concerned as to the cause because the 78-pin head connectors are essentially unobtanium and a headache to change.

As I installed and de-installed the head, I got to thinking that the connector might not be positioned correctly (i.e. perhaps the wrong hardware had somehow found its way into the connector mounting system.

When I measured the bottom (oriented as if the head were mounted in the machine) face of the connector mounting flange referenced to the bottom of the mounting posts (using a straight-edge across two of them), I discovered that, indeed, this connector was recessed about 25 mils (0.025″) further into the head assembly than several other ones. Adding a 25-mil thick washer should solve the problem.

This is posted in case you’re scratching your head with a similar problem. This is something I wouldn’t have immediately thought of. I don’t know if this was caused by aftermarket work or if it perhaps represents a manufacturing error.

Microphone (XLR) connector history

Filed under: infrastructure,live sound and recording,parts — 2008-12-13 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2008-12-13 by

Ray A. Rayburn has just updated his page on the XLR microphone connector and its antecedents. Very interesting. While not a major issue in tape recorders, it is in studio practice and for microphone collectors.

Round-pin power cords for older equipment using PH-163 connector

Filed under: parts,power — 2006-03-15 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2007-10-21 by

The round-pin power cords used on older Hewlett-Packard and Dolby equipment  uses a connector called the PH-163.  

The round-pin power cords using the PH-163 connector come in two versions. The difference between the two versions is that the hot and neutral are reversed. The ground is always in the same centre position. (more…)

VCR Repair Information

Filed under: parts,video — 2006-03-17 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2006-03-17 by

Thanks, Jim, for pointing out this site that offers repair notes and replacement parts for VCRs.

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