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    Wein Cells

    Does anyone use Wein Cells in a light meter? I have a Sekonic L206 which used the type "N" mercury cell which is no longer made. I saw a reference to the Wein cell but the physical size looks shorter than the N cell.

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    Yep got a 625 in my Yashica Mat 124G - been working good now for 1.5 years...
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    I use Wein cells in my Gossen Lunitic (my Brother calls it that!), Nikon FTN heads, and other things. They will last nearly a year. I get them from Micro-Tools in the box of 12, which makes them pretty economical http://www.micro-tools.com/store/Sea...aspx?word=wein
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    If you're looking for replacements for mercury batteries, make sure the voltage is the same. That's the nice thing about Wein, they are the same voltage as what they're supposed to replace. Alkaline 625 tend to be 1.5v, not 1.35 like the original mercuries. I've heard that this can throw the meter off.

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    An alternative to the Wein cells is an adapter from CrisCameras. This adapter changes the voltage of the common silver oxide 386 battery to 1.35 volts. I bought one for my rollei 35s and it works just fine.

    http://criscam.com/products_services...tery_adapters/
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    An alternative to the Wein cells is an adapter from CrisCameras. This adapter changes the voltage of the common silver oxide 386 battery to 1.35 volts. I bought one for my rollei 35s and it works just fine.
    Thanks, that looks like a workable solution, the 386 batteries are less expensive than the Wein cells too.
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    For most B&W work I use an alkaline N cell in my L206. For serious testing I have a spring onto which a thumb-tack is soldered that is used as a spacer to allow use of a thin zinc-air cell. I use either a Wein brand cell or a generic cell.

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    For most B&W work I use an alkaline N cell in my L206. For serious testing I have a spring onto which a thumb-tack is soldered that is used as a spacer to allow use of a thin zinc-air cell. I use either a Wein brand cell or a generic cell.
    Thanks to all, the info I was stuck over was the physical size, the spring and tack was the solution I was looking for. In the L206 this is absolutely necessary. There isn't a Wein cell that is as long as the original N cell.

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