I should replace the batteries in my Mcmurdo fast find PLB,
Has anyone experience of this, earlier enquiries led me to believe it was very costly, the model I have is not user serviceable, and needs experienced agency service.
There are now user serviceable PLB's ,but you do need to dispose of responsibly the superseded set, I guess you send it into manufacturers.
This ties into my other thread of CG66, which led me to check on my PLB, which I can't date since the data is obscured, rubbed off!
I replaced my battery using a contractor at the scheduled time and it is quite expensive, about half the cost of a new unit. It is also wise to test the unit regularly and also do the satellite test very occasionally.
I am pleased to have it as I do not have a smart phone for the CG66 replacement.
It is not necessary to have a smart phone to take advantage of the
cg66-like aspects of Safetrx.
Log onto the RYA Safetrx website and enter your details as you did
for cg66. Now the rescue services can get access to this information
if you call them by vhf or plb.
On 11 Mar 2019 at 15:45, DavidSumner2098 [via DCA Forum] wrote:
> Hi Gerald
> I replaced my battery using a contractor at the scheduled time and it
> is quite expensive, about half the cost of a new unit. It is also wise
> to test the unit regularly and also do the satellite test very
> occasionally. I am pleased to have it as I do not have a smart phone
> for the CG66 replacement. Good sailing david
Sail when you can, row when you must, motor only
when you have to be at work in the morning.
There are now user serviceable PLB's ,but you do need to dispose of responsibly the superseded set
There is an EU ruling that manufacturers must recycle old electronic equipment.
This is primarily to extract the lead used in older solder joints and prevent it entering the environment. Lead is very toxic.
Since 2006 consumer products have used lead free solder.
Recycling centres have a skip for old Tv's and computers, also small electrical goods.
Recycled copper (from wiring) fetches a high price. The rich seams of copper ore have run out, its now more expensive to manufacture copper requiring more energy. Hence recycled copper is valuable.
So lead and copper are extracted from electrical equipment correctly recycled. Check local recycling and manufacturers.
There are adverts on e-bay, offering replacement battery for around £80 (+ p&p ,I suspect) , this is nearly half the cost of a new PLB. I suppose there is an ongoing saving there, but it still is a lot of money.
More modern PLB's ,the battery is self service, so that might be a better option.