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Do Lithium AAs make more better film drive batteries?


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#1 Peter Woodford

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:55 PM

Hi folks,

Just wondering if anyone knows if Lithium AAs perform better than Alkalines in a typical super 8 camera? (I have a Canon AutoZoom 814 and a Nizo s80). I was thinking that their more stable voltage output might lead to more consistent filming speed throughout the life of the batteries. Better cold weather battery life would be nice too (I'm in Canada). It'd be great to know if anyone has done any testing. 


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#2 Peter Woodford

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:39 PM

Oops, the topic should read 'Do Lithium AAs make for better film drive batteries?' Can't figure out how to edit my post. 


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#3 Mark Dunn

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

Cameras have speed governors, so they're not that dependent on battery voltage, unless they are very flat, in which case the camera will probably just stop dead.

But rechargeable NiMH will be far more economical than any expendable.


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#4 Peter Woodford

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:48 PM

Thanks Mark. 

So does that mean the variance in filming speed has more to do with friction and/or the difference in take-up tension between the beginning and the end of a cart?


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:01 PM

Friction and/or precision of the speed governors. Depending on the way the motor is electronically controlled you'll have more or less consistent speed. Some electronics components like certain types of capacitors are prone to age. Are you experiencing speed problems ?


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#6 Peter Woodford

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

Hi Tom,

My Canon has slowed downed a little a fair bit a few times. It *seems* to only happen when the batteries are low, but I haven't used it enough yet to say that with certainty. The camera also seems to go through batteries more quickly (3 or 4 carts) than the manual would suggest it should (10 carts). 


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#7 Avery Dark

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:22 AM

The camera also seems to go through batteries more quickly (3 or 4 carts) than the manual would suggest it should (10 carts). 

 

Hello,

 

IMHO high battery consumption would mean that your camera is in need of a general service/lube, unless it was serviced recently vintage cameras usually have high friction due to old dried out grease/lubricants, dirt and dust, etc. That makes it draw more power to run, the cold makes it worse.


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#8 Friedemann Wachsmuth

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:32 AM

Well, Lithium AAs are always better than Alkaline AAs. 20% less weight, much more stamina, better discharge curve, better coping with extreme temperatures. I use nothing else if I have to use batteries.
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