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Old 04-16-2017, 12:03 AM
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Default ME 406 ELT Battery

Well, cheap me hoped to go to Batteries Plus and get my ELT Battery replaced at half price like I did on my PLB, but it looks like ARTEX found a really unique battery that is made out of unobtainiim (symbol UN).

The cheapest I could source a replacement was Aircraft Spruce at $173. Amazon was a little over $200.

My point: it pays to shop around!
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:50 AM
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$169 here... http://www.tagpilotsupply.com/search.aspx?find=455-0012
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:22 AM
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Oh, and in case you don't already know, there is a $50 hazmat fee in addition to the shipping charges on an ELT bat.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:45 AM
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I just had my ME-406 battery for my RV12 replaced at Tiffin Aire at Seneca County airport, 16G, Ohio. They were fast, polite, helpful, competent and it cost $187.73. I am satisfied.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:54 AM
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Oh, and in case you don't already know, there is a $50 hazmat fee in addition to the shipping charges on an ELT bat.
I believe the Hazmat fee only applies if shipped by air.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:15 AM
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I believe the Hazmat fee only applies if shipped by air.
That makes sense, you sure wouldn't want one of these in an airplane
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:24 AM
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I believe the Hazmat fee only applies if shipped by air.
I think you are correct. I was ripped off. I won't mention the name because of vendor bashing rules.
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:18 PM
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(google ULTRALIFE High RATE)


Pilot Shop sells them for about $25 each and you will need two. Also other battery vendors stock them. I'm getting ready to replace mine.

Of coarse you will need to remove the battery tray from the ELT. You'll need a very small screw driver to slide the blue plastic catch latch that hold the ribbon cable connector, and slide it off. Be sure to take a few pictures of how it is assembled, and they did glue the battery to the tray with white bathroom shower RTV, so you'll need to clean it up.

It should be a one hour job to replace just the batteries.

The batteries are ULTRALIFE High RATE. The Cell dates on mine are June 2010, with an expiration date of November 2016 (by Artex). The Ultralife website indicates they have up to 10 years shelf life.
Here is a picture after cleaning up the RTV used to hold the batteries. I've found them on line for as little as $15 each. I'll be ordering mine later tonight online.
http://www.538.eaachapter.org/apps/p...toid=203972892
http://www.538.eaachapter.org/apps/p...toid=203972867

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Part No U10013, U10014, U10015, U10016
NSN 6135-01-554-3803 (U10014 only)
Voltage Range 1.5 to 3.3V
Average Voltage 3.0V
Nominal Capacity 11.1Ah @ 250mA to 2.0V @ 23°C
Max. Discharge 3.3A continuous
Pulse Capability Up to 7.0A
Varies according to pulse characteristics, temperature, cell history and the application. Consult Ultralife.

PTC U10014 and U10016 have PTC (re-settable fuse)
U10013 and U10015 do NOT
Weight 115g
Operating Temperature -40°C to 72°C
Storage Temperature -40°C to 95°C
Exterior/Housing Hermetic Ni-plated steel can with Mylar sleeve
Terminals/Connector Flat Ni-plated +/- End Caps: U10013 and U10014
Flat Ni-plated +/- End Caps with Nickel Tabs: U10015 and U10016
Safety UL component recognized
Material Safety Datasheet - MSDS023
Safety Guide UBM-5135
Transportation Class 9 - U.S. and International (see note)
Note A complete description of transportation regulations, lithium weights and transportation classifications is available on the Ultralife website.
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Old 04-26-2017, 04:28 PM
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Chris - I would advise you do some research on this topic. The ONLY battery which can be used as a replacement battery in your ELT is the battery manufactured and supplied by the ELT manufacturer. The battery makes up part of the TSO certification. Even though you are in an Experimental aircraft, you MUST use a TSO'd ELT. There is no room for interpretation on this point. Use something other than the manufacturer-approved battery in your 406MHz ELT and you do not have a TSO'd ELT, therefore you are in contravention of the FARs. Very simple, very clear-cut, and not open to interpretation, as has been discussed here at length previously.

Again, to put a fine point on it. NO HOMEBUILT BATTERY PACKS for 406MHz ELTs. Period.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:23 PM
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Mark,

Some ELTs use Duracell D cells. That would seem to contradict your conclusion.

Rich
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