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Username: frank_orlando

Post Number: 64
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hello all... has anyone used a lithium 9 volt in their Alembic? They supposedly last 5 times as long as alkaline but I am a bit concerned because the voltage reads 9.8 volts when I meausre it on a good VOM. Any opinions or concerns here? Thanks, Frank
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 723
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 6:47 pm:   Edit Post

I looked at discussions recently about running Alembic electronics at 18 volts. While they won't factory build it this way, I believe what I read is that the newer electronics will support it. I think the cutoff date was around '95, but do a search of the boards for 18 volt and you should find some notes. If 9 or 18 volts will work, I suspect 10 will be just fine.

Username: frank_orlando

Post Number: 66
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 7:44 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks... I found it.
Did you see the question I had on the Essence trim pot?
Username: dfung60

Post Number: 58
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post

The voltage shouldn't really be a problem. But I'm not sure that you'll really see better life with the lithium primary (non-rechargeable) cells. The different chemistry inside allows them to pack more power than an alkaline cell but they're not designed for the relatively high current drain that amplifier electronics would load them with. The normal applications for lithium batteries are in very low drain devices (smoke detector or watch) where the hassle of changing batteries is high enough to justify the much higher battery price. Under a high drain application, a battery designed for a smoke detector may last less long than an alkaline.

It's always worth a try though.

David Fung

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