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03-06-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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1.5 volt silver-oxide battery

Sorry to bug you about a subject that must have been asked over and over again however I searched the archives with no success...

I just purchased a ME Super for my daughter to use at intro to photography classes and I need to purchase batteries.

Are there any preferred brands (or ones for which to steer clear of) that you guys can recommend?

Many thanks in advance!
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Any SR76/LR74 battery should be good
Since your daughter is going to go through those quickly check if there is amultipack for sale @RadioShack or Cosco or so.

QuoteOriginally posted by dyusem Quote
Sorry to bug you about a subject that must have been asked over and over again however I searched the archives with no success...

I just purchased a ME Super for my daughter to use at intro to photography classes and I need to purchase batteries.

Are there any preferred brands (or ones for which to steer clear of) that you guys can recommend?

Many thanks in advance!
David
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LR44 or SR44 for cameras designed to use either, is there any advantage to one or the other?
i read that LR44 alkaline has a gentle death which may mess up metering, but if maybe the camera is designed for it and can regulate voltage it's ok?
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I use the LR44 for my ME super and I haven't had a problem with it at all. The metering does get funky near the end of the batteries life but it's fine when it's fresh. It lasts quite a while to.
The nice thing about the ME super is the 125x which all mechanical. One technique I've used when I don't have batteries is I meter with my k200d for 1/125 with same iso and find the proper aperture then switch the lens back onto the ME super and make the proper adjustment. It's good in pinch despite being a hassle.

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Thanks all for your feedback. I will probably just head over to Radio Shack although I am wondering if you guys may have an opinion of the battery (Varta V76PX) and tool in the following auction:

Battery Kit - Pentax ME, ME Super, MG, MV, MX, M Series - eBay (item 280318231615 end time Mar-08-09 15:36:44 PDT)

Thanks again,
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I just get a 3 pack of Energizer SR- batteries at Walgreens for like $7. Don't know what's in my ME-S but I have the SR-44's in the MX.
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Don't matter - although I'd stay away from Kodak batteries.

Go for the Big 3 names, preferably: Energiser, Eveready, and Duracell. Those ones are easy enough to find, and the best ones, really.

Keep in mind that a set of fresh batteries in an ME Super would last at least six months, unless you're putting three rolls a day through it.
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Varta is a good brand

There are a couple of battery specialists who sell via ebay (I can't recall the names, batterymd? or something) who also have web sites where the pricing is lower. I ordered a blotter of Spotmatic batteries very cheap & have been happy - the only new ones I've needed are when a new camera shows up at my doorstep wanting power.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Varta is a good brand

There are a couple of battery specialists who sell via ebay (I can't recall the names, batterymd? or something) who also have web sites where the pricing is lower. I ordered a blotter of Spotmatic batteries very cheap & have been happy - the only new ones I've needed are when a new camera shows up at my doorstep wanting power.
Here is an online vendor I have used - almost any classic battery you could want.

Photo Battery

Right now the websstore seems to be down, but it might be my browser
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I just got 10 Varta 1.5V Silver batteries (44/76/357) from a US seller on eBay for just under $20 delivered.

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I just got 10 Varta 1.5V Silver batteries (44/76/357) from a US seller on eBay for just under $20 delivered.

Chris
That is a heck of a price, Chris! I just bought two of these same batteries at the local photo store for $4.95 each. Nevertheless, I am not going to run through batteries like you so I am happy. Also, picked up a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 to check out the ME Super and then hand it to daughter #2 for her education.

Thanks all for the feedback!
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You can use either LR44 (sudden death) or SR44 (nice long smoth death). You need 2 and the + sign is 'against the grain'
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