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Yukon Photon battery question

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by neiled, May 23, 2014.

  1. neiled

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    What batteries do you lads use in your Photon NV as I've just been out to zero mine and after I put in a couple of new standard AA's they lasted less than an hour! I've read somewhere not to use re-chargables so how long would Duracell AA's last? Any suggestions on what can be used externally (plug in)?

    I wasn't overly impressed with using it in daylight, it was clear enough with the adapted end cap with the 1" hole but I feel is wasn't good enough for my .22RF with a 50 yard zero so it looks like I'll be taking it off and using it just for night time use and keep my Hawke Varmint 6-24x44 SF scope on for daytime use which should be ok as I have a picatinny rail on it so shouldn't lose too much zero when changing them over.

    I may give it a try on my Airwolf for closer range work.
     
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    the batteries i used were 2900mah....last long enough for a night out ...rechargeable of course
     
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    hello, you might find that front adapter cap hole to big? check out this forum members post (somebloke) as for batteries thomas jack recommend these AA ENERGIZER ULTIMATE LITHIUM. terry 101 is the techy man on all things torches and batteries, i only use mine at night with a 25mm holed front cap (fly spray can top) and get 30/40% better clarity. you can mark the rail with a dot of correction fluid of something likeso you dont loose zero. oh i use the YUKON recharge unit for this n/v quite expensive but lasts for 8 hrs good warranty and if you pay £3/4 for 4 batts ebay it will pay for it self after 40 hunting forays. good luck
     
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    The end cap I used had the 25mm (1") hole in it and it was slightly better with it on than off but I haven't had time to try it at night yet. I'm just wondering if I get as high power (mah) re-chargables as I can if they may be better than standard Duracells?
     
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    For daylight use you will almost certainly need to get something similar to the filter supplied, that is to say about a 10mm hole with a light reducing filter behind - I use a dark red photographic filter. I've done this because their filter is easy to knock off and lose although, as a short term solution. you could tape it in place.
    If you're using the built in laser then good quality rechargeables will probably be better than single use cells as they seem to be able to deal with higher current draw. As ratman60 said you can get a Yukon power pack, as far as I know this could be replaced by a home built unit, you probably have to take the normal batteries out to use it. If you do buy rechargeable AA cells don't get cheapies from ebay as they aren't likely to be much good.
     
  6. sqwiffy

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    Batteries: Go to LIDL

    Got a couple of 4 packs last week £4 each. 2.5Ah

    Not 2.9Ah I know but only about 15% less

    I purchased more because the last lot are about 4 years old and still going strong.
     
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    Best AA rechargeable batteries I've used are Vapextech 2900mah,use them in my RC and torch equipment,have about 16 of them.

    Sanyo Eneloops are fairly good too,2000mah.
     
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    Hi I have got a POWER GEN 8400mAh 3.7 Li-ion power pack (its used for charging ipads iphones etc I havent got a Yukon but but it mught work as a aux power source? Not being electricaly knowledgeable I dont know what the drain of a yukon is but it says on the box output 1 DC 5v 0.6A, output2 DC5v 2A. Maybe you techies will know if it is suitable for a yukon?:rolleyes:
     
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    Fairly sure that the Photon needs a different voltage, I thought it was 12 volts but I can't remember although there is a genuine Yukon one available but likely to be more expensive than you can get elsewhere. The manual should give details.
     
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    Cant be 12 volts as it runs on two 1.5 volt AAs which could give 3 volts in series.?:cool:
     
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    This is the smaller of the 2 packs http://www.pulsar-nv.com/products/battary-packs-eps/battery-pack-eps3/ They can be bought from Scott Country (or others) fot £84.95 for this one and another £10 for the larger version. This is a nominal 12 volt lipo pack with a capacity of 5000mah and is similar to the packs used for nv add ons etc.
    I would think that the output plug is wired in the conventional manner but it would be worth checking.
     
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    I stand corrected it will accept 12volts,:rolleyes: anybody know if the power pack also supplys the laser as the one I looked at thro the show had a very good picture with no graineness at all. As though it was a conventional scope.!
     

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