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  1. #1

    Oct 2004
    stuart..the treasure coast..well, used to be
    Minelab Excalibur with a WOT!
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Exc. II batteries

    I need to replace the old rechargeable battery on my Excalibur 800, and wuz wondering if the new metal halide batteries for the Excalibur II will work with the older model? How about the charger? Anyone have experience with the aftermarket guys who advertise on E-Bay? Seem like a deal at $34.00.

    Thanks!

    Bill

  2. #2

    Jul 2007
    Spectrum XLT
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    Re: Exc. II batteries

    Take it to a battery store like batteries plus or one of them, they can rebuild it for you probably cheaper than a new pack from the manu and with just as much run time if not more.

    NiCd works but has memory problems.

    NiMh works took bit more power density but don't hold a charge at idle like a nicd.. in other words if you dont use them, they will pretty much self discharge in 3 to 4 months and need a recarge. can use the same charger as a NiCd just takes longer because the battery has a bigger capacity.

    Lithium expensive and what the lithium battery manufacturers DONT tell you is that no matter what, if it sits on a shelf or is used every day, a lithium battery (rechargeable type) typically has a life of about two years max, then it needs replacing. also to legally assemble lith batteries the place needs a federal permit, they are very dangerous to work if you are not careful.

    The rest of the batteries are pretty much one use types and take them as is, run em down and throw away.

    aaron
    If god meant for us not to swing a coil; He'd have made our arms shorter!

  3. #3
    TD
    TD is offline

    Nov 2007
    Southeast Florida/Southeast New Jersey
    Minelab Excalibur II
    11

    Re: Exc. II batteries

    Bill, I was told that you can use the NIMH battery pack on the Excalibur 1000 and the Excal II, they are interchangeable. I can also tell you the the wall charger supplied with the Excalibur II is the same exact charger that came with the 1000, I have one sitting here in front of me. It's marked "Minelab Ni Cad Charger Model 119". The output is 60ma which is the proper one for the 1000 and the II. You can also as others have suggested have a third party replace the batteries in your present tube. My choice would be to buy the new NiMH battery pack that's being used in the Excal II. Give Minelab a call in Los Wages and talk to that gal in the customer support department, she's pretty helpful. ...Tony

  4. #4

    Oct 2004
    stuart..the treasure coast..well, used to be
    Minelab Excalibur with a WOT!
    578
    8 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Exc. II batteries

    good info..thanks. I don't dive, just wade on the beach and rinse the machine off, so absolute water integrity isn't essential. Looks like rebuilding the power pack is the most cost effective way to go in this case.

  5. #5
    ca
    Aug 2007
    Lower Mainland Vancouver,BC
    To many to say
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    Re: Exc. II batteries

    I bought the only battery pack on line for mine 1500 ma just drops in the tube takes a couple of minutes. Its alot higher rated
    and the price is right. Whats in there now is on a 9 volt clip the new one is the same I think 45.00 is worth it. Dan
    HH

  6. #6

    Oct 2004
    stuart..the treasure coast..well, used to be
    Minelab Excalibur with a WOT!
    578
    8 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Exc. II batteries

    I now see the end is simply o-ringed and held in place with set screws. Access to the battery is very simple. I've ordered a 1500 mAh battery online for less than 1/2 the cost of a NiCad from Minelab. Over twice the battery life, too. BTW, I'm extremely pleased with the function of my Excalibur for beach hunting.

  7. #7
    ca
    Aug 2007
    Lower Mainland Vancouver,BC
    To many to say
    321
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    Re: Exc. II batteries

    The only thing to remember is it will lose the charge standing and should be topped up weekly. The minelab charger is rated at 60 ma so it would take 24 hours for a full charge I don;t mind that when I'm done for the day just plug it in. Dan
    HH

 

 

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