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    Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Well I just won me a pretty nice Super Graphic at a great price on fleabay. I've done some internet scouting, but not seeing much on the idea of getting the electric shutter trip converted over to an alternate power supply than the 2 22 1/2 volt batteries as designed. Any ideas?

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Thanks, but those batteries aren't what I meant. I meant something possibly like a lower voltage solenoid conversion and use of the camera's own battery compartment.

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Trivia:

    Back in the '60s there was a round blue device that slipped into the chrome tube where batteries normally would go. Then you would put in one battery to energize it.

    I believe the blue device was a capacitor. That way every time you wanted to pop a flash bulb and move the solenoid you always had lots of power available unlike just batteries which would fade over time.

    If my dusty brain cells are correct the round blue device was a "BC-22" or something like that. If I'm wrong I'm sure someone will correct this posting.

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    You did not say what size battery fits, so I am assuming this battery which I just bought today from Amazon fits the bill. It is small, they remain usable 10 years and are used for many older electronics and my Agfa flash unit. Last night I was reading on APUG about older flashes, these batteries and they are often used to charge a capacitor to fire a flash bulb.

    If these fit, they almost exactly the size of an 'AA', mine a Mallory M-505 22.5 Volt is slightly square instead of round like the Amazon replacement battery. Even at $10 a battery, they would be better than a hack. Check polarity any time you put in batteries, however with a solenoid it will make no difference. Not so with a capacitor driven flash. I was researching M5 flashbulbs.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Last set I bought, I got from Radio Shack, somewhat expensive.

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Stowell View Post
    Last set I bought, I got from Radio Shack, somewhat expensive.
    ... but last a long time.

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    You did not say what size battery fits...
    Energizer 412 (x2)

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    Re: Super Graphic Battery Conversion?

    Good to know.

    I see they are available, all this type battery lasts a real long time.

    However I plan on staying away from any LF camera that needs batteries.

    I am not at all familiar with that version Graflex, but didn't older ones have several solenoids that ran on the flash attachment? Using 2 or 3 D cells, which is 3 to 4.5 volts.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Energizer 412 (x2)

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    Yes, external solenoid was controlled by flash handle with D-cells. I like electric release in any Graphic being used hand-held. It is really convenient.

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