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  1. Magoo

    Magoo Guest

    When I was a kid, my dad gave me a little booklet titled
    something like "How to Build 6 Basic Electrical Devices".

    First of all, has anyone ever heard of the book? It was a thin, soft
    covered booklet -- more like a pamphlet than a book. I think he got it
    at Sears, actually.

    Second question... I remember the book called for a certain type of
    battery. I thought it was just called a dry cell. But I see that that's
    a generic term for the common batteries we use today. The thing was
    about 6 inches high and about 2.5 inches in diameter. It looked like a
    giant C cell. I know we also had them all over in the science lab at
    school. Does anybody know what that battery is rightly called and
    where I can get one?

    I'm trying to help a writer friend with a novel she's working on. The
    hero is a nerd (my word, not her's) and she is interested in my
    adventures with basic electricity when I was a kid.
     
  2. Number 6 Dry Cell - don't know if anyone still makes them....
     
  3. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

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    Ahhh, yessss...

    That's either the Eveready EA6 (ANSI/NEDA 906) or the Eveready IS6
    (ANSI/NEDA 905) or the Eveready HS6 (ANSI/NEDA 905).

    I have no clue where you can buy one. :-(
     
  4. Of course, the didn't really look like C cells. They had to two
    terminals on the top, with knurled nuts to fasten the wire.

    Michael
     
  5. Baphomet

    Baphomet Guest


    [ I remember well the battery you are talking about. It was a 1.5 volt
    carbon zinc battery used both in old radio filament supplies and to fire up
    the glow plug in model airplanes. I don't remember the Ever Ready number and
    I don't believe it's any longer manufactured. The closest I could find on
    the internet was: http://www.hobbico.com/accys/hcap0700.html ]
     
  6. These people had a bunch of them brand new. I think they get them from
    China or something. The labels look pretty plain and much like the old
    ones as I recall. I almost bought one just to have it, but I figured it
    would eventually start leaking.

    http://www.epo-houston.com/

    Yeah their site sucks, but the phone number is there. They have scads
    of old relays, sockets, switches and a bunch of NOS stuff for TV and
    radio repair. They sell surplus stuff and even some new computer parts
    (is there anyone who doesn't). They also have cold cathode bulbs of
    various colors and lengths and inverters. If you're ever in houston you
    gotta see this place. ;-)

    michael
     
  7. Baphomet

    Baphomet Guest


    [ It may have been a #6
    http://www.geocities.com/~stuarts1031/flashlight.html ]
     
  8. Jim Large

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  9. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    The replacement is the Energizer EN6
    I knew they had to be available or what would science labs use?

    They are still used in the protective loops of burglar alarms
    of folks too cheap to buy rechargable systems.
     
  10. I believe the big cells are called No. 6 Dry Cells. They are (or
    were) used by the model airplane enthusiasts to start their glow plug
    engines. You can probably find them at a hobby or model airplane
    store or online at a similar website.

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  11. They used to be used for starting glow plug engines. But the one I
    found looks like it's a regular lantern battery. Maybe it's four 1.5V
    cells in parallel instead of one big cell.

    http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXL368&P=7


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  12. First time I've seen a site like this. It's a great antique and
    unique flashlight collection, AKA museum. Virtual, on-line, no less.

    Most flashlights rotted out from corrosion, so they didn't last but a
    few years. And they were so cheap, they ended up in the trash.


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  13. Terry

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    Second question... I remember the book called for a certain type of
    Magneto telephones used two large 1.5 volt cells to provide 3
    volts DC to power their carbon microphones.
    A handle sticking out the side of the telephone operated an AC
    generator used for signalling other people on the same line or
    the 'Central' switchboard.
    The cells we used were round, about three inches in diameter and
    about seven inches high.
    IIRC the designation was 'S' cell; they were made by Mallory
    (Red/white/black), Eveready (Red/blue) and maybe other
    manufacturers.
    Most had two brass screw terminals on top of each cell. A few had
    a sort of spring connection (which I believe was/is called a
    'Fahenstock' clip?).
    I estimate, judging by the current price of batteries, such an
    'S' cell would, today, cost around $25-30?
    Back then (1950s) the monthly fee for party line magneto phone
    service was $1.67; no sales tax either. Lines with four, six or
    more families on the one one line were common. I recall one with
    fourteen.
     
  14. Rich Grise

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    Boy, talk about nostalgia lane! I have a cousin who's a farmer in
    Lake Crystal, Minnesota (near Mankato - by that elbow in the
    Minnesota river where it floods every spring), and they've still
    got everything they've ever had since they built the house over
    50 years ago. They have one of those crank-type phones, just for
    display, of course, and one of the original phone books - and
    most of the phone numbers were 2 digits! (and I'm pretty sure
    you had to call a live operator to get connected, like with one
    of those plugboards like Ernestine used.)

    Cheers!
    Rich
     
  15. Dave Turner

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