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Bolex 551xl Super 8 battery holder

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#1 Stewart McLain

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 03:54 PM

So I recently picked up a Bolex 551 that has a broken battery holder.  I'm wondering if either someone here has a spare holder from a similar model that I could purchase or if anyone has some suggestions on how to power it.  I was able to test it with the holder from another Bolex so I know that it works but I don't have access to that holder anymore.

 

I picked up a 6AA holder from a hobby shop with the thought that I might solder the leads to the contacts inside the camera which are in the handle.   Unfortunately the holder is slightly too big to allow the handle latch to close.  I was thinking maybe I could stick the holder on the outside of the camera but the handle is made of plastic so I'm reticent to try drilling a hole through it the feed the wires through.   

 

Has anyone tried something like this?  My other thought is that 6AA batteries produce 9 volts so maybe I could buy a holder for a single 9v battery which might have a better chance of fitting inside the handle.  Might that work?  Is there any reason not to try that?  

 

Sorry for a lengthy post on what is kind of a dull subject but any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!


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#2 Seth C King

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 05:18 PM

With regards to the 9 volt battery solution, you won't have the same mAh capacity as the AA batts so much shorter run times. I don't know the exact number on a 9 volt but I think it's somewhere around 750, maybe less.
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#3 Stewart McLain

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 01:29 PM

Good to know.  Thank you, Seth.


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#4 Andries Molenaar

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:23 AM

Try a set of AAA.  The modern AAA have more capacity than the AA from the time of the design of the camera.  You could even consider a set of rechargables. Voltage is slightly lower then.


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#5 Mark Dunn

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:54 AM

This should do.

http://www.ebay.co.u...agAAOxyf1dTJI4J

 

If you stick with AAs and are not fussy about aesthetics you could just hold it in with gaffer tape.


Edited by Mark Dunn, 14 March 2016 - 05:56 AM.

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