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    rebuilt battery packs?

    Is there a need for rebuilt battery packs for cameras & camera equipment?

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    Yes, for professional flash units like Norman (particularly for the older battery systems), battery powered movie cameras like Beaulieu (I've got one, and you can find them all the time on eBay), and for sealed Ni-Cd packs for motor drives, like some of the ones made by Canon (eventually, I just sold mine so someone else could rebuild it and bought one that takes regular AAs). I think the Hasselblad EL/M also has a sealed battery pack for which one sometimes sees rebuilds.
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    Yes there is a need for them, esp the older equipment.

    When rebuilding a battery-pack I would replace the old NiCad's with NiMh however, because they have no memory effect and therefore last longer.
    I will be rebuilding a battery pack for one of my cordless drils when I am back in Holland again.

    Peter

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    I had a battery rebuilt for my Panasonic Ironman drill, it works like a charm now. It's less than a new battery but not dirt cheap either. I have two more to go. Cells are available on the net but getting the correct ones can be a challenge so I had mine done outside.
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    The reason I ask is I do subcontracting work for a battery pack/ charger company. I have all of the equipment to rebuild packs & have been thinking of offering rebuilding battery packs for photo equipment if there is a demand for it.

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    Would you do photo battery packs only? I have several tools/devices that use battery packs that have gone dead, and could use a serivce where I send in the dead pack and get back a rebuilt one some time later. But it is not photo equipment - - most of my cameras do not even use batteries. Thanks.

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    I agree with wclavey, battery-packs die, so there is a market for rebuild packs, whether that is for drills, little vacumcleaners or what ever....

    Peter

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    I agree with others who have said there is a need. It's a niche market, but so is virtually any camera repair currently. You see somewhat narrowly focused (I don't mean that in a negative way) specialists with a national, if not international, market.

    One caveat however. Unless you are rebuilding with exactly the same cells, there might be characteristics beyond volts and mah (that's the extent of my knowledge) that need to be considered. I suspect it's not an issue with electromechanical items like a drill, but could be an issue with electronics. So some testing on your own equipment might be necessary.

    For example, I know someone (OK - it was me) who fried an electronic flash by using AA nicads instead of AA Alkalines.

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    I think I'll have to start offering to rebuild photo related battery packs plus other packs.

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    Tell your local hardware stores that you are offering this service, hang notes in local supermarkets, maybe an add in a local paper and see what's comes out..........

    Peter

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