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  1. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Quote from: Family_Dog on May 26, 2020, 08:19:01 AM






    You have displayed great workmanship and attention to detail, O Learned One. I am in Great Expectations of what is still to come. ;D
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    Re: Antique piano restoration

    I knew I had left a few (dozen!) projects out ;D

    More on your sea water battery please, is there a thread for it?


    OT: I replaced a Philishave battery this morning:

    * strip the razor - 10...
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    Re: Antique piano restoration

    Let's see now... you're restoring:

    * A Colchester Lathe
    * 100-year old Baby Grand Piano
    * A Quad 33 Pre
    * A Quad 303 Amp
    * A Pajero

    ...and you're building a water-reticulation system.
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    Re: Landcruiser 79 WHAT COLOUR!!

    There is only one - Land Cruiser Beige, Toyota colour code 4E9.


    -F_D
  5. Sticky: Re: Benton BX-1(M), BX-2, BX-4, BX-5 Multi-Stage Automatic Battery Chargers

    The early BX-1 chargers were not Auto AC-revert, in the event of a power failure, and had to be reset manually. All the other BX-1 variants (BX-1M, BX-1 Pro) are auto AC-revert and will revert to the...
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    Re: Battery help please

    Poen, is this the new BX-2M model? The LEDs will all come on after the charge cycle has completed and it is in trickle mode.


    -F_D
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    Re: Battery help please

    The Boost mode is designed to do just that, but whether it will actually extend the life of the battery or not depends on the state of the battery itself.

    I got lazy once and did not bother...
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    Re: Battery help please

    Poen, I agree with all of the above. Sorry.


    -F_D
  9. Sticky: Re: Benton BX-1(M), BX-2, BX-4, BX-5 Multi-Stage Automatic Battery Chargers

    At 11.5v battery voltage, it should commence a charge. Without any battery, there will not be any DC reading from the charger, as you rightly mention.

    Check the quick-release connector if there is...
  10. Sticky: Re: Benton BX-1(M), BX-2, BX-4, BX-5 Multi-Stage Automatic Battery Chargers

    Try another battery, to see whether the charger or battery is at fault.

    I suspect the battery is either totally flat or very near to it, the BX-1 needs to "see" some voltage present at its...
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    Re: HAM radio licence renewal

    Icasa has a moratorium on licence fees for 2020-2021, see attachment.


    -F_D
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    Re: Joubert series on Okavango

    Ch 181? Title? Time? I can't find it.


    -F_D
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    Re: Toyota Prado 120 battery draining

    Some years back I had the same problem, battery flat after four days. This vehicle had the old Netstar unit fitted which had a 6v 4A battery and once this battery gets old, the NS tries to charge it,...
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    Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    Indeed, we ordered a mixed batch of them from 1 or 2A up to 30A. None of them blew when we connected them to a 12v 30A power supply, not even the 1A fuse although we connected it as a dead short.

    ...
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    Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    or maybe Hercules?


    -F_D
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    Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    From Happys? They're still trading :)


    -F_D
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    Re: Trickle charge via cigarette lighter plug?

    I've said my say, it will not change.

    A trickle charge to probably open the bonnet of a vehicle with a flat battery where the battery is required for this purpose is fine as it is not a permanent...
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    Re: Trickle charge via cigarette lighter plug?

    Exactly. A cigarette lighter socket is not a reliable electrical connection, more so if you are a smoker and the lighter socket is contaminated with ash. This builds up a resistance, resistance...
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    Re: Trickle charge via cigarette lighter plug?

    Ever wonder why no Smart Charger is supplied with a cigarette lighter cable & plug? Evidently, because one has to use the shortest possible distance from the charger to the battery, using the...
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    Re: Trickle charge via cigarette lighter plug?

    No, connect the charger directly on to the battery terminals.


    -F_D
  21. Sticky: Re: Benton BX-1(M), BX-2, BX-4, BX-5 Multi-Stage Automatic Battery Chargers

    Kind words Iceman, thank you!

    Should I mention the unintended "road test" I subjected my new BX2 to? The Office is only a 10-minute walk from my home and a couple of weeks ago I walked every day...
  22. Sticky: Re: Benton BX-1(M), BX-2, BX-4, BX-5 Multi-Stage Automatic Battery Chargers

    Hi Nickus,

    You have mail!


    -F_D
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    Re: Garmin Base Camp lost!

    Basecamp 4.7.0 runs fine on my Win10 desktop PC.

    What is the error message you are getting? This should give some clue as to why it is not installing.


    -F_D
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    Re: Battery charger for x2 batteries

    I have been doing exactly this with two batteries connected in parallel, batteries are now some 6 - 7 years old and still holding out well. Initially with a Benton BX2 maintenance charger which...
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    Re: Update on Jabari my Fortuner

    Safe travels, Tim!


    -F_D
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    Sticky: Re: Toyota Pictures

    Nice pics, Trevor!

    What are the "road signs" in aid of?


    -F_D
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    Re: Help Needed Please

    I'm thrilled to hear this! At least it eases the pain felt somewhat.


    -F_D
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    Re: Help Needed Please

    Very sad to read this, condolences to your family for their loss.

    I sincerely hope Jessie is found, it helps advertising in local newspapers as well.


    -F_D
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    Re: Decent vehicle battery brand?

    I get over seven years with Raylite batteries in my various vehicles, not all of which are driven that often. I'm very happy with them.


    -F_D
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Much as I dislike connecting two batteries in parallel, I have to admit I have been running two Raylite 102A/Hr batteries connected in parallel to a 12v 1500 PSW Inverter and have been running them...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    An 8-Amp charger is extremely marginal for charging one 100A 12v battery during stage 2 load-sheddding, I doubt it will fully charge the battery in the available time. It will defintely not suffice...
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    Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Indeed, beautiful pic!


    -F_D
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Received mine as well, packaging box is in absolute as new condition after such a long journey!


    -F_D
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Just received notification from Buffalo that Fastway Couriers will be delivering my inverter tomorrow morning. Moving quickly now that the Chinese New Year is over.


    -F_D
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    When paying via PayPal, using their standard delivery. This is usually very good and Buffalo Couriers handle the last leg in SA.

    The delays recently are no doubt caused by the Chinese New Year...
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