# EVER411 15V battery from WES

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#### Ross Herbert

Jan 1, 1970
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I have been restoring an old APO Multimeter No.3 by giving it a good going over
inside and out. It's a nice looking analogue MM which is built like a brick
outhouse and it has been well looked after since it was obtained from the PMG's
Stores branch in 1971 at a charge out cost of $68.50. They certainly weren't expensive at that price - considering they had a 10A ac range using a current transformer and were made in Australia by Master Instruments. The leather case was like new into the bargain. As some of you may be aware, this meter - like the AVO 8 etc, uses a 15V battery which is no longer manufactured by the usual battery manufacturers. I found that WES Components sell a lookalike which is supposedly an alkaline equivalent of the old carbon-zinc pile made by Eveready as the 411 battery. These are labelled as Made in Singapore and are fitted in a red plastic case the same dimensions as the original Eveready - but they are about half the weight of the original. I think they are distributed in Aust by Master Instruments. They cost about$27 ea
in Perth so they are not cheap to say the least. I ordered 2 and received them
today.

Upon connecting my digital meter to the first battery (with no load) it measured
15V initially and rapidly dropped to a steady 13.5V within 10 seconds. Exactly
the same result with the second battery. I didn't even bother to connect a 15K
load and do a nominal 1mA measurement because the result could not be any better
battery to measure a minimum of 13V in order to be able to zero the meter on the
Ohms x1000 range with leads shorted, so these EVER411's were no good at all.

I took both batteries back to the supplier in Perth (Westec Electronics - the
rep for WES Components)and demonstrated the problem to the counter jockey using
two different meters. He agreed the voltage measurements did not match the
advertised specs and refunded my money.

The point of this story is to advise anyone who may be considering buying this
battery from WES (or any other supplier), think twice, and then don't do it.

Since I still needed a replacement battery I called in at Malz and bought a
miniature MN27 12V battery and a 2032 3V Lithium cell for a total of $5.20 and I am currently shoe-horning them into the casing from the original dead Eveready 411. R #### Ross Herbert Jan 1, 1970 0 On Wed, 8 Aug 2012 06:10:00 -0700 (PDT), [email protected] wrote: SNIP : id you try Master Instruments they still sell a battery with that model number http://www.master-instruments.com.au/products/54542/411.html If you have trouble buying from them directly I think battery world is there more retail arm. Thanks. I know Batteries Plus is the MI distributor in Perth but they tend to charge more than WES for the same item. If you go to the WES website and have a look at page 518 of their on-line catalogue you will see the 411 battery. Compare the picture with the MI page for their product http://www.master-instruments.com.au/products/54542/411.html Do they look similar? On the MI page the link to the data sheet shows documentation for original carbon zinc Eveready 411, even though the red plastic case item marked Unicell UG411 made in singapore, is listed under Alkaline Batteries. I visited the Unicell website http://www.unicell.com.sg/mainsite/index.php?page=batteries&size=12 but was unable to locate the UG-411 anywhere. Am awaiting a reply from them as to its availability. P #### Phil Allison Jan 1, 1970 0 "Ross Herbert" ( snip sad story) Since I still needed a replacement battery I called in at Malz and bought a miniature MN27 12V battery and a 2032 3V Lithium cell ... ** Two recipes: 1. Take two 9V Energizers and a 3.9 volt zener - use shrink plastic to make one unit. 2. Take the 6 individual cells from two 9V Energizers ( smaller versions of the AAA size ) and use 11 of them ( a row of 5 and a row of 6) to make a new battery. Cover in shrink as above. My idea involves wire leads soldered to the original battery terminals. It should be years before you need to repeat the exercise. ..... Phil R #### Ross Herbert Jan 1, 1970 0 : :"Ross Herbert" : snip sad story) : :> Since I still needed a replacement battery I called in at Malz and bought :> a :> miniature MN27 12V battery and a 2032 3V Lithium cell ... : : :** Two recipes: : :1. Take two 9V Energizers and a 3.9 volt zener - use shrink plastic to :make one unit. : :2. Take the 6 individual cells from two 9V Energizers ( smaller versions of :the AAA size ) and use 11 of them ( a row of 5 and a row of 6) to make a :new battery. Cover in shrink as above. : :My idea involves wire leads soldered to the original battery terminals. : :It should be years before you need to repeat the exercise. : : : :.... Phil : Thanks Phil. I had thought of using the 2 x 9V battery and zener trick but there just isn't space in the meter for 2 of them. I hadn't thought of stripping 9V batteries down and using the individual cells to make a 15V though. Good idea and will give it try. Y #### Yaputya Jan 1, 1970 0 Ross Herbert said: I have been restoring an old APO Multimeter No.3 by giving it a good going over inside and out. It's a nice looking analogue MM which is built like a brick outhouse and it has been well looked after since it was obtained from the PMG's Stores branch in 1971 at a charge out cost of$68.50. They certainly weren't
expensive at that price - considering they had a 10A ac range using a current
transformer and were made in Australia by Master Instruments. The leather case
was like new into the bargain.

As some of you may be aware, this meter - like the AVO 8 etc, uses a 15V battery
which is no longer manufactured by the usual battery manufacturers. I found that
WES Components sell a lookalike which is supposedly an alkaline equivalent of
the old carbon-zinc pile made by Eveready as the 411 battery. These are labelled
as Made in Singapore and are fitted in a red plastic case the same dimensions as
the original Eveready - but they are about half the weight of the original. I
think they are distributed in Aust by Master Instruments. They cost about $27 ea in Perth so they are not cheap to say the least. I ordered 2 and received them today. Upon connecting my digital meter to the first battery (with no load) it measured 15V initially and rapidly dropped to a steady 13.5V within 10 seconds. Exactly the same result with the second battery. I didn't even bother to connect a 15K load and do a nominal 1mA measurement because the result could not be any better than with no load. I had already determined that the APO M/M No.3 requires the battery to measure a minimum of 13V in order to be able to zero the meter on the Ohms x1000 range with leads shorted, so these EVER411's were no good at all. I took both batteries back to the supplier in Perth (Westec Electronics - the rep for WES Components)and demonstrated the problem to the counter jockey using two different meters. He agreed the voltage measurements did not match the advertised specs and refunded my money. The point of this story is to advise anyone who may be considering buying this battery from WES (or any other supplier), think twice, and then don't do it. Since I still needed a replacement battery I called in at Malz and bought a miniature MN27 12V battery and a 2032 3V Lithium cell for a total of$5.20 and I
am currently shoe-horning them into the casing from the original dead Eveready
411.

There was an item on this in Silicon Chip last year (Nov. page 60)
Here is the text:
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Battery replacement for an AVO Mk.8 multimeter
The revered British AVO multimeter employed a 15V battery which
is now expensive and hard to obtain.
I happened to be in one of the many $2.00 shops in NZ and spied a pack of five CR2032 cells for the princely cost of$2.00.
Ensuring that they had a long expiry date, I purchased a couple of packs.
Five such cells gave 15V (16.7V actually),exactly what is required
for the AVO. They were fitted into a 15mm length of 12mm (inside measurement)
PVC conduit. You need to reshape the battery contacts as shown in the photo.
It is then an easy 'task to fit the batteries, making sure you get the
polarity correct. Finally, pack a little foam plastic, as per the photo,
around the battery area.
Editor's note: using stacked lithium cells to provide 15V is a good idea when
low current (<190uA) is required. The cells have a nominal 240mAh capacity
down to 2V. CR2025 cells could also be used but are of a smaller capacity.
J. Barry Grumwald,
a pack of five CR2032 cells for the princely cost of $2.00. ** IME ( and that is not inconsiderable ) the idea of 5 x Lithium button cells in series, connected only by pressure, gives me the *willies* - and I expect Mr Murphy would have a fit. That such an arrangement would ever exhibit the needed long term reliability is *optimistic* in the extreme. If Ross H goes for my #2 recipe ( using 11 cells taken from 9V Energizers ) then he ought to carefully SOLDER leads from each PLUS to the MINUS of the next cell in the chain. Along with soldered leads to the terminals inside his meter, that out to bring a smile to the jaded face of Mr Murphy. BTW: " How Mr Murphy died: One dark evening (in the U.S.), Mr Murphy's car ran out of gas. As he hitchhiked to a gas station, while facing traffic and wearing white, he was struck from behind by a British tourist who was driving on the wrong side of the road. " .... Phil Y #### Yaputya Jan 1, 1970 0 Phil Allison said: "Yaputya" ** IME ( and that is not inconsiderable ) the idea of 5 x Lithium button cells in series, connected only by pressure, gives me the *willies* - and I expect Mr Murphy would have a fit. I don't see why it would be such a problem - it isn't really any different from a big torch with several C or D cells in series, passing a lot more current and only connected by the pressure of a spring in the base. Many LED torches and laser pointers also use several button cells in series in the same way, relying only on spring pressure. Have you experienced a particular problem with Lithium cells? That such an arrangement would ever exhibit the needed long term reliability is *optimistic* in the extreme. In the Barry Grumwald article (SC Nov 2011 page 60) the cells are held in place co-axially by PVC conduit, in the laser pointers etc. that I have seen the multiple button cells are also held in place by a similar plastic tube. Although I haven't built the exact battery as described in the SC article by Barry Grumwald (no need - I don't own an AVO!) I don't see why it would exhibit any more long-term problems than a common 3 or 4 cell torch. In Barry's design the pressure from the compressed foam pushing on the reshaped battery contacts should be enough to make reliable electrical contact, especially as the current involved is less than 190 microamps If Ross H goes for my #2 recipe ( using 11 cells taken from 9V Energizers ) then he ought to carefully SOLDER leads from each PLUS to the MINUS of the next cell in the chain. Along with soldered leads to the terminals inside his meter, that out to bring a smile to the jaded face of Mr Murphy. Of course soldered connections are going to be more reliable but I think you would agree that your solution involving dissecting the 9V batteries and soldering the individual cells is messy and could even damage the cells. The Barry Grumwald idea makes it much easier to replace the cells when they go flat - no need for more messy soldering. P #### Phil Allison Jan 1, 1970 0 "Yaputya" I don't see why it would be such a problem ..... ** But you are an ass. **** off. R #### Ross Herbert Jan 1, 1970 0 : :** Two recipes: : :1. Take two 9V Energizers and a 3.9 volt zener - use shrink plastic to :make one unit. : :2. Take the 6 individual cells from two 9V Energizers ( smaller versions of :the AAA size ) and use 11 of them ( a row of 5 and a row of 6) to make a :new battery. Cover in shrink as above. : :My idea involves wire leads soldered to the original battery terminals. : :It should be years before you need to repeat the exercise. : : : :.... Phil : I finished by going for a variation of recipe 1. I used 2 of GP Batteries 12V 23AE http://www.gpbatteries.com/pic/GP23AE.pdf ($2.50 ea) in series with a 9.1V zener. Used the zener to link between the +ve
and -ve end of the two batteries and soldered the terminal plates from the
original Eveready 411 via short leads to the respective ends of the combination.

I used the red and black end plates along with 2 of the cardboard insulators
from the original and epoxied them to the ends of the battery before
heatshrinking overall. It is only about 1mm longer than the original but that is
no problem at all. Solid as a rock and works well.

I now have to repeat the exercise for the AVO 8.

Thanks for the

Y

#### Yaputya

Jan 1, 1970
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Phil Allison said:
"Yaputya"

** But you are an ass.

**** off.

Phil hasn't taken his pills today.

Y

#### Yaputya

Jan 1, 1970
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Ian Field said:
He's a bit grumpy - someone put superglue on his dildo.

Others have been pissed off with Phil, his abuse knows no bounds.....
The following is the result of a simple search.....

The Phil Allison Song

Posted in aus.hi-fi and sung to the tune

"I still call Australia home"

I've been to Hospitals that didn't close down,

From Melbourne to Sydney and Old Hobart Town,

But no matter how far or how wide I roam,

I still call my Psyche Ward home.

In there my room is so cosy and clean,

And no matter how much I type alone,

I still call my Psyche Ward home.

Out there the world can be so cold ,

With Nazis in brown boots, and autistic monkeys everywhere,

But when you get medication and special care,

It's good to know where your Journey ends.

One day we'll all be together I'll see,

when all hi fi's turn into Quads just for me,

And I'll see Peter Walker wherever I roam,

Cause I still call my Psyche Ward,

still call my Psyche Ward,

still call my Psyche Ward.....home.

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Hot Chip please reconsider your abuse to Philthy. He only talks like this

to get the attention he craves and all you are doing is feeding his ego.

Also as he suffers form a Bipolar Disorder and at times is quite

certifiable.

Philthy is a very sad little old man in his late 50's with no family (except

a retarded sister) who lives alone in a rented bed-sit in the back blocks of

Sydney. He has no qualifications (not even a driver's licence) and is a

backyard, small domestic appliance repairer. He is also called Toaster Boy

as a term of endearment ;-) Philthy squandered a fully funded scholarship

to Sydney uni in the early 70's and has a chip on his shoulder ever since.

He is even still technically a virgin having never been married or even had

a girlfriend but he did go to Catholic Boys school though ;-)

So this sad, pathetic creature sits at home all day playing at being someone

of importance while at his keyboard pretending his backyard "hobby" repair

So my advice is, let it drop and ignore him. Or if you live in Sydney drive

around and visit him and discuss your concerns face to face. I have offered

to come over and play baseball or cricket with him but he has declined my

generous offers. Once I even offered to take him Shark fishing in Sydney

Harbour and he declined that too ;-) No pleasing some people eh? ;-)

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Hi DavidW

This is why I killfiled him long ago. He is incapable of handling any
situation where an opinion differs from his, or his perception of the poster
having less knowledge than his self-measured standard, without a hysterical
stream of foul language and a direct attack on the person concerned. You
have to be sorry for such a dysfunctional person, or angry with whoever made
him turn out like that. I believe he may some (probably incomplete)
knowledge of electronics and I for one would have asked for his advice from
time to time. But having read the quality of most of his replies, I think
not....

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Ask Philthy why he left his bed-sit in Lackey St. Summer

Hill? Apparently the neighbour put up security cameras to

watch all the unusual comings and goings into Philthy's flat

and that drove him insane. Well..... errrrrrr..... say no

more ;-)

So neighbours have had a few wins with our little resident

psycho ;-) Not mention I'm sure he gets sick to death of

being punched in his smutty, big mouth!

Cheers TT

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I would strongly suggest that drastic action not be used but by all means

give him a call. He is listed in the Sydney White Pages under Phillip

(Martin) Allison

8 Tintern Rd Ashfield NSW 2131 (02) 9799 8242

BTW when you have a look via Google Maps at the dingy flats he lives in have

a look across the road and you will see a park and some public toilets.

Nothing like being near to where the action is eh? ;-)

BTW did you know that Philthy has actually posted "Wanted Dead or Alive"

threads to aus.hi-fi and offered money for information on an anonymous

poster?!

Cheers TT

T

#### [email protected]

Jan 1, 1970
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I have been restoring an old APO Multimeter No.3 by giving it a good going over inside and out.

Hi Ross,

I just bought one of these on ebay to add to my multimeter collection but it requires some repairs as it has been modified inside. Do you by any chance have a circuit for this model.

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