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#1 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:20 AM

Looking to recell a bunch of proformers. Popped one open and on first glance it looks like they are using a Sanyo N-1900SCR. Can anyone confirm or deny this? The cells themselves aren't marked but the assembled battery pack has a Sanyo sticker saying that it is a 14.4v 1900mah pack. I guess AB is rating the pack higher than 1900mah in order to get the 30watt hour specification which seems to be supported by the fact that Paul's recent postings call it a 2.1amp hour battery. Of course they could have switched to different cells on the most recent run but I am not finding a 2100mah Sanyo cell. There is a 2400mah SubC cell but it is slightly longer and slightly heavier so I think I might not bother trying it.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:22 AM

Jess,

$150.00 for brand new ProFormer batteries...............you can't beat that! This was the last price I posted a long while back.........

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:15 AM

Jess,

$150.00 for brand new ProFormer batteries...............you can't beat that! This was the last price I posted a long while back.........

Paul



Exactly. You get to the point of diminishing returns on some of these money saving projects that it's just not worth the time and effort to do it when with one quick and easy phone call you can get a new battery of know quality with a warranty delivered go your front door.
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#4 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:06 PM

I won't argue with $150 being a great price and it makes paying someone else to recell them not worth it. That said I have 10 dead proformers. Looks like new cells are under $50 per battery and after popping one open it looks like recelling them will be easy enough and that there really won't be any loss in quality doing it myself. So if I recell them all one afternoon of work saves me $1000+. Money aside I really would consider this more of a hobby project anyway and these batteries won't be my primary Steadicam batteries especially when I get around to dropping some money on some new Dionic HCs.

Thanks for the advice though. I do realize that most money saving projects save very little money but I am the type of guy who likes to do many things himself for the hell of it.

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#5 John Ritter

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 07:43 PM

Looking to recell a bunch of proformers. Popped one open and on first glance it looks like they are using a Sanyo N-1900SCR. Can anyone confirm or deny this? The cells themselves aren't marked but the assembled battery pack has a Sanyo sticker saying that it is a 14.4v 1900mah pack. I guess AB is rating the pack higher than 1900mah in order to get the 30watt hour specification which seems to be supported by the fact that Paul's recent postings call it a 2.1amp hour battery. Of course they could have switched to different cells on the most recent run but I am not finding a 2100mah Sanyo cell. There is a 2400mah SubC cell but it is slightly longer and slightly heavier so I think I might not bother trying it.

~Jess


I can recell the proformer series battery's for $55.00 ea and return shipping is included in the price. I can do a discount on 5 or more (less shipping cost due to flat rate USPS box)

I also do the Anton bauer propac & Trimpac series battery's Nicad cells for $90.00 ea

Contact me at 954-557-9765
Regards John Ritter
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#6 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:07 PM

What cells are you recelling the proformers with? Sounds like something cheaper although I didn't really shop around too much.

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#7 John Ritter

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 06:22 AM

What cells are you recelling the proformers with? Sounds like something cheaper although I didn't really shop around too much.

~Jess


I use a generic import cell that is rated at 2400mAh, which is an a higher capacity cell than the original, I have had very good results with these cells. the proformer series is a very simple NiCd battery system. I assemble my own packs from individual cells.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 04:23 PM

Thanks for the info. My experience with generic import cells is that they normally don't live up to the capacity rating or last nearly as long as the proper name brand cells. Also the amount of amperage they can handle is often less. How much would you want to recell using the proper Sanyo cells?

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#9 John Ritter

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 09:26 PM

Thanks for the info. My experience with generic import cells is that they normally don't live up to the capacity rating or last nearly as long as the proper name brand cells. Also the amount of amperage they can handle is often less. How much would you want to recell using the proper Sanyo cells?

~Jess


Hi Jess
Sorry but the cost of the SANYO cells makes recelling a bad financial proposition, you would be better off buying a new battery.
Sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with your other recells.
But if a 90 day replacement warranty is not good enough I can’t do any better. The life expectancy for most batteries under constant usage is 2 to 3 years no matter who makes them; they are a chemical reaction based device.
I have been using these cells for my own equipment for two years now so I can say that they do hold up as well if not better than the originals.
You can also go to: http://www.batteryrebuild.com or http://www.rathboneenergy.com/ they also do recell’s.
If you want to send me one I will recell it for you at no charge and return it to you so that you can try it out as a sample I only ask that you post a review here after 30 days good or bad so that everyone can see the results.

Regards John Ritter

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