|Re: 9114A Battery - Cyclon cost?|
Message #8 Posted by Ellis Easley on 10 Oct 2001, 6:57 a.m.,
in response to message #7 by Andreas Müller (GER)
I live in Texas and I found the Cyclon 2.5 A-H cells at a "batteries only" store for $8.40 US each. If I am looking at the right place in the newspaper, this would be about 17.90 German marks or 5.70 pounds or 60 francs. How does this compare to the prices you are seeing?
I have a 9114B and a 3421A. Luckily, the Panasonic 2.4 A-H for the 9114B (with a new part number) is still available from DigiKey, I got one about two years ago for around $16. The 3.2 A-H for the 3421A is not available from Panasonic anymore but the same "batteries-only" store (Interstate) was able to order me a "Power Patrol SLA0895" which has identical dimensions and is 3.8 A-H. The price was $20 but they gave me a 20% discount to $16 because they were having a grand opening.
In the catalogs, I have seen a multiple-source 6V 4A-H for around $10 US, apparently much used in emergency lighting. Its dimensions are 2.76 x 1.85 x 4.02 in., 70 x 47 x 102 mm. Just a tad too big for the 3421A, no go in the 9114B, too bad!
When I got my 3421A, it had been modified to take an Interstate 630 (6V, 3A-H). This has terminals on the long side (so sits upright in the chassis) and is skinnier and about 1/2 inch longer than the original battery, so the threaded inserts were drilled out, the sheet metal clamp was discarded, and the battery was held in place with big nylon wire ties.
I haven't looked for the Cyclons anywhere except the Interstate store and in the Mouser Electronics and DigiKey catalogs (neither had them). BTW, at the Interstate store I saw two other sizes of Cyclons, I think they were 5 and 10 A-H. I'm familiar with the Cyclon 2.5 A-H cells because my family had a flashlight which worked great for years under constant charge until finally one of the two cells inside shorted out and the excess current caused a component in the charging circuit to open up. The charging circuit was directly from the line with a capacitor in series to limit the current/drop most of the voltage (it was the part that opened up).