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Batteries die in Frankfort Caliper alot

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ATAShooter, Feb 13, 2008.

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  1. ATAShooter

    ATAShooter Member

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    Does anybody keep getting short battery life in their Frankfort Electronic measuring calipers?? I use it a night or 2, then batteries die. These little pill batteries ain't cheap either. I have tried Rayovac, Energizer and Duracell and get same results. I make sure to turn it off and stuff. I don't understand it.
     
  2. MilsurpShooter

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    Battery that came in mine from Midway was DOA so I popped it out. I don't use it often (I reload 100-200 at a time then don't do any for a few weeks)and don't store batteries inside things I won't be using for extended periods so I just leave it in the foam and pop it in when I'm going to need to use it.
     
  3. ATAShooter

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    Maybe thats it, storing it with the battery in. I put a new one in, measured oh, 10-20 cases, turned it off. That was in late Dec. Today, DEAD. Just was wondering if it was me...
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Mine came with a dead battery. popped the extra one in and it is still going fine after 4 or 5 months of light use. I always turn it off right away and do not depend on the auto off feature.
     
  5. highorder

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    contact the manufacturer. it sounds like you may have some extra solder on the circuit board causing a drain.
     
  6. rcmodel

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    I only break out the old Brown and Sharp if I am serious or double checking something I think is out of line. ;)
     
  8. rc109a

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    I used the originial batteries for almost 6 months. I put in energizer batteries over a year ago and still going strong. I use mine two nights a week. for about an hour or two ever time.
    I do turn them off after each measurement if there is a minute or more between measurements. I hope this helps...
     
  9. nodlenor

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    Mine did the same thing so I always take the battery out when I'm not going to use it for a while. Don't know why but there seems to be a drain on it even switched off.
     
  10. NuJudge

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    I found that the case on the electronic calipers I have turns the caliper on when I close the case, so I do not use the case any more, and the batteries do not die.

    CDD
     
  11. ATAShooter

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    NuJudge, I'll darn sure check that. I never thought of that....
     
  12. HonorFork

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    I use mine pretty infrequently. When I got it from Midway, the battery was dead. I put a new battery in, and it's been left installed ever since and already lasted 1 year and still works.
     
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    I have also had a problem with the closed case pushing against the "on" button and draining the battery. Experiment by leaving the calipers out of the case after you install a fresh battery and see what happens. Also be sure it's turned off when not in use.
     
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    I'm going on 3 years on mine . . .I do make sure to shut it off everytime I put it in the case though.
     
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    Once i changed cases the batteries lasted several months. I think the factory case will turn the unit back on if closed sometimes.
     
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    Once i changed cases the batteries lasted several months. I think the factory case will turn the unit back on if closed sometimes.
     
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    The batteries seem to always be out when you need it the most. That's why I bought a dial caliper. Now I like it much better than the digital. I bought this one at Harbor Freight for under $20.
    Rusty

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  18. KeithB

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    my battery has gone months so far, and i do have a spare battery and dial caliper just in case
     
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    Like several previous posters, the battery in mine when I got it was dead, but the spare is still going strong after three years.

    I like the conversion between metric/inch at the push of a button; can't do that with a dial.

    Andy
     
  20. strat81

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    My Frankfort/Midway calipers' original battery lasted just over 1 year.

    Here's a secret: buy your button cell batteries on eBay. Be careful, some are expired, but I paid $3 (including shipping!) for 10 button cell batteries for which my local Radio Shack wanted $5 each.
     
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    Otto, thanks for the heads up on the Mitutoyo deal. Great price for the best quality.
     
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    With the tolerance stack between cartridge cases, bullets and the slop present in reloading equipment you don’t need .0005 resolution or we would be using micrometers instead of calipers. As you’ve figured out, one thing you can count on with batteries is that they will have no charge when you need them. If you know what a sliderule is (and still have good eyesight) vernier calipers are inexpensive and accurate. Dials are probably the best bet overall for infrequent use. I do like digital for differential measurements though.
     
  24. asknight

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    jmorris, you're right on the .0005 resolution not being required to measure brass. I use my expensive tools for more projects than just reloading, and I prefer the highest quality and accuracy than I can afford in a tool. Mitutoyo usually fits the budget.

    You're other points are accurate as well.
     
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    i have the rcbs 6". i cut out a little relief in the case so it couldnt turn them on...and PRESTO...batteries last for months and months now.

    i dont even need to turn them on most of the time: i just measure, lock them down at that measurement, turn them off, and use that to compare my completed cases. works good for me.

    might need to invest in another dial caliper tho, those pesky batteries are expensive!
     
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