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  1. #1
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    Default Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    I have a fairly elderly (2003) McMurdo Fastfind Plus PLB and the battery has an expiry date of April, 2019. I replaced the battery myself on the last occasion, and this cost me about £65; however, the only source I can find after searching online is quoting £120 for a battery that I would replace myself.
    Has anyone found a more reasonably priced deal anywhere else - or a cunning plan to replace the battery with something cheaper?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    At that sort of price, you're not far off the price of a new PLB. New ones are smaller and lighter, and tend to have slightly better battery life. I'd be tempted after 16 years to go for a new one.

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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    ???? That's £120 too.

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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    All that really happens with the battery is that the manufacturer will not guarantee it will last 24/48hrs.

    Keep the unit as a spare as it will take a decade to lose the battery power where it will not transmit for a few hours at least. In the UK if you are not located and picked up within a few hours of setting it off I'd be surprise.
    Chris
    Out west.... (or in the office)

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    I've got a feeling that this isn't the one you have but here's the link anyway:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/McMurdo-Fastfind-210-GPS-PLB-Battery-Replacement-Service-91-050-420A-/231750389172


    £79.99
    MontyMariner.co.uk
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    I've got a feeling that this isn't the one you have but here's the link anyway:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/McMurdo-Fastfind-210-GPS-PLB-Battery-Replacement-Service-91-050-420A-/231750389172


    £79.99
    Had my Fastfind done by them last year. Fast service, back in under a week.

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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham376 View Post
    Had my Fastfind done by them last year. Fast service, back in under a week.
    Same here.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    I've got a feeling that this isn't the one you have but here's the link anyway:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/McMurdo-Fastfind-210-GPS-PLB-Battery-Replacement-Service-91-050-420A-/231750389172


    £79.99
    It isn't the OP's battery, they charge £128 to replace that.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    Looks identical to the car alarm battery on my Volvo. the pack is just 6 'penny' 1.2v batteries to make a 7.2V rechargeable battery. My small pack, admittedly rechargeable, failed at 13 years.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-Car...-Alarm-Battery V40-V50-S40-S60-S70-S80-V70-C30-C70-XC90-/152151139597 checkout the price of £14.99............methinks someone is taking the Pxss at £120.00

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Mcmurdo PLB battery replacement

    I tested mine for the first time in ages and the batteries are completely dead. They still have 9 months left on the “replace by” date. Now I wonder how long I have been using a useless bit of kit!

    Anyone else had this issue?
    Grumpy when off the water.

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