Originally Posted by svpresent
I just got a quote from an ACR dealer in St. Maarten for the renewal of the battery in my ACR GlobalFix RLB-35 eprib: 360 US dollars.
Because they also say in the quote it will be ready the next day, it can't be the costs of fedex or ups for transport to the US.
I know, this job has to be done carefully and the casing has to be watertight but this amount is beyond my comprehension.
I have never had an epirb battery replaced before. Is this amount normal?
If so, how do you go about when your battery needs replacement?
Anybody know more about the type of battery, price
of the battery, reasons against DIY?
The cost of the batteries used in the 2842 EPRIB (model number RLB-37) IS exorbitant, considering the battery pack consists of CR-123A batteries that cost less than $2 apiece.
You can see the actual batteries that are specified here in the COSPAS-SARSAT certification
This has to be a case of an extreme profit margin foisted on us by the manufacturer's monopoly on "certified" batteries.
A full list of the ACR types that are COSPAS-SARSAT certified can be viewd here: http://www.cospas-sarsat.org/en/beac...n-manufacturer
and you can drill down to see the batteries used. Most use Sanyo or Panasonic COTS batteries, and that should help the DIYer wishing to build his own battery pack.