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Thread: Batteries and my Stingray

  1. #16
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    Another thing to keep in mind is that not all 9 volt batteries are the same size either. A few years back,I was running into a problem on one of my other active basses where the sound would occasionally drop out...it turned out that it was the battery I had just put in was a shorter battery then the one the had been in there before and it wasn't shorter by much.

    The little spring contacts in the bottom of the battery box weren't making full contact with the new battery's contacts as they had done in the previous battery (I swapped them to make sure the old one still worked and it did).

    MusicMan uses the same setup as the other bass, that is, the flip out battery box...if those contacts get pushed down by a longer battery and then you put a shorter 9 volt in there, it could conceivably cause an intermittent contact situation.

    There is something to be said for the push on snap on battery terminals as much as a pain as they can be sometimes...there is at least surety that the contact is there when it is applied.

    I ended up by removing the battery box in my other bass and retensioning the little brass/bronze spring terminals and it worked fine after that...

    Just something to be aware of....
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    had the same prob as dedmouse........did the same thing too.......and i now use any cheap battery from London Drugs.......the Duracells were always giving me problems,since i fixed the battery box and started buying 'el cheapos........no probs now.
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    Duracells don't fit in my Stingray battery compartment, so I use Energizers; they work fine with 2 changes per year.
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    A 9v battery is a 9v battery.

    Regardless of the brand name the outside dimensions are the same.

    The battery box is designed so that the battery will only fit one way, (the correct way) so if you have to force the battery in then the odds are its the wrong way around.

    I had to replace the battery compartment on one of my Stingrays a while ago because through general ware and tear one of the wires had broken off one of the terminals (through opening an closing it).

    Soldering the wire back on to the terminal proved to be tricky as i wasn't able to remove the terminal from its plastic casing resulting in heat being applied to plastic, plastic warping, contacts not meeting.

    As i found out the battery compartment its self is just as universal fitting as the battery's are them self.
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    Not all the same size

    I don't think they are the same size.

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    "A 9v battery is a 9v battery.

    Regardless of the brand name the outside dimensions are the same."



    Simply not true...see:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx1X4iuxIkw]YouTube - Are all 9-Volt Batteries the Same Size?[/ame]
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    Quote Originally Posted by russinator View Post
    I don't think they are the same size.



    not at all.........they vary quite a bit i've found too.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by russinator View Post
    I don't think they are the same size.
    I posted these dimensions a while back as a Duracell is an extremely tight fit in my 83' Ray; they both last a really long time which is great!

    Just measured 2 Duracells and 2 Energizers; tolerances were within a few thousandths for each brand

    Energizer = .998" wide x 1.78" long x .640" deep
    Duracell = 1.017 x 1.740 x .653 deep

    While they may be shorter the Duracells proved to be wider and deeper by a significant percentage.

    As I recall, Procells also measure like Energizers

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    Quote Originally Posted by russinator View Post
    I don't think they are the same size.
    Simply wrap some tape around it if it's too small....

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