(Topic ID: 3746)

Do most pinheads use these?

By coasterguy

8 years ago

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    #1 8 years ago


    I see so many posts on Battery acid issues so it makes me wonder if many spend the little extra and install these. I think they are very smart. Maybe their is something I don't know though. I have it on my TOM and my upcoming SS. I also had it on my MB.

    #2 8 years ago

    Normally I just solder my own wires onto the circuit board and mount a similar holder off to the side.
    Many of the times with older machines there is corrosion on or under the holder on the PCB I want to clean up.

    #3 8 years ago

    I think it's a very good thing to do.
    I bought one and I'm having trouble. I can't get it to work. I stuck the wooden dowels in every way possible and it don't work. Must be me. I feel like an idiot but I asked a friend to take a look and he put it in 4 ways and it didn't work. Brand new batteries. In correctly. Was it made wrong? I'm going crazy with it. I'll look at it again tonight for a 3rd time.

    #4 8 years ago

    I bought one for all my machines a while back. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    #5 8 years ago

    I use a 4 slot REMOTE mounted battery pack with a diode on my games. Easy to install, and gives me piece of mind

    Looks like this but with a diode installed as well....


    #6 8 years ago

    Radio Shack has 3 battery AAA holders; they also have the 4 battery. The problem is you get 6VDC with 4 AA or AAA batteries. 3 give you 4.5VDC (appropriate for the Williams boards). I have always used the rechargeable battery packs you get for cordless phones for Bally boards. They are available almost anywhere and they are 3.5VDC like the original NICAD pack batteries. Like BD, I either solder on my own remote wiring connector (with a quick disconnect) or I install a two pin cage terminal block.

    I do mine 100% of the time. I never leave the batteries on the board. I think that was one of the worst design ideas the original manufacturers had. In fact, the first thing I do when I get a machine is remove the battery. 2nd thing, throw away the pinball (unless it’s brand new) and install a new one.


    #7 8 years ago

    The diode is something I forgot to mention. Always include one like tomdotcom said. You never know how drunk or complacent you might be when installing new batteries and put one or more in the wrong direction. A simple 1N4004 works just fine like on your coils.

    #8 8 years ago

    You never know how drunk or complacent you might be when installing new batteries and put one or more in the wrong direction.


    Thanks BD!!!

    #9 8 years ago

    I have also seen battery holders that terminate in a 9V battery connector. Then they just solder another 9V battery connector to the board, and clip the two together. I guess this allows you to easily disconnect the batteries if you have to remove the board afterwards? (that would be my guess.)

    Oh I see Glilly mentions this. whoops.

    #10 8 years ago

    ebay.com link

    This is what is on the way to my machine, I'll come up with my own wires lol.

    #11 8 years ago

    I do my own, my older machines I've converted over to coin cell lithiums. I may swap them over the capacitors instead.

    Not sure yet what I'll do with my White Water.


    #12 8 years ago

    Here are some good instructions for dummies like me...


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