Doubling the 9v battery in an EL/M

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  1. EASmithV

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    There's two spots for batteries on the EL/M, but only one of them is using the 9v adapter. Is it possible to put another on in the second slot to increase the speed of the winding? Or would this fry the camera?

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    The batteries are in parallel. The end result is the camera still sees the same voltage, thus the same cycling speed. The increase you get is more shots before you run out of battery.


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    So this is a good idea? I have having wasted space, so a second battery in the open slot would be cool.
     
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    just use a single battery and keep a spare in your camera bag.

    go out and shoot :smile:
     
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    Somewhat depends on the circuitry. In general, if you increase voltage to a dc motor you increase the speed (note caveat below) and vice versa. But the circuit could have some sort of voltage regulation in it to prevent that, though not likely given that it was designed for a very specific oem battery. I don't know if the aftermarket 9v adapters have any voltage regulation.

    Battery voltage declines with usage. Putting 2 9v batteries in parallel still gives you 9v, but over a longer period of usage. So IF your wind speed lengthens as the battery wears out, then 2 in parallel will delay that (as ambaker said).

    You could put them in series (so 18v) which in most cases will increase the speed of a motor (if no voltage regulation). It may also fry the motor if it's not designed to handle the extra voltage. But you'll likely get at least one fast 12 exp roll through it. :smile: