FW: Cheap Lead-Acid batteries

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From: Rho (a-kevinp@microsoft.com)
Date: Thu Jul 08 1993 - 19:27:05 EDT


FYI

Kevin Purcell N7WIM / G8UDP
a-kevinp@microsoft.com
Sit simplex, stulte!

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From: Steve Sergeant <netmail!SteveSgt@torrent.sj.ca.us>
To: <bikecurrent@scuba.Eng.Sun.COM>
Cc: <raster@isi.com>
Subject: Re: Cheap Lead-Acid batteries
Date: Thursday, July 08, 1993 6:37AM

In Regards to your letter <9307070049.AA12950@comanche>:
> For all you home-brewers.
>
> I stopped by "Surplus Stuff" in Milpitas on Saturday and they have a
> sh*t-load of 2.5AH lead-acid batteries for sale for $4. These
> batteries consist of 4 2V cells loosely hooked together but can be
> re-packaged to 6V configurations quite easily.

These are "Gates Cyclone" lead acid cells. When they're new, they're
the best deep-cycle small lead acid batteries around. They retail
for about $6.50 each when they're new.

These batteries are used in the new "high-power" Vista-Lite VL420 and
VL430. And they are an excellent choice for bike lighting, especially
if you are building a system that will be gather charge-on-the-run
with a generator or solar cell for recharging.

But here's the caveat: The batteries have a limited shelf life, and
they seem to last about the same amount of time whether you use them
or not. I'm trying to get documentation on how to read the date code
on them, but if they're over about 2 years old, don't waste your money.

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