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fixxer

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Getting sick of my batteries being dead as a hammer every time I grab a set out of my box. Figured I was going to relegate my SPI's to the reloading room where I can leave the battery out and use them between runs of reloads.
In the meantime, I'm looking to replace them in my home shop. (Two different structures). I have a need for good calipers that can be taken with me to the metal yard and brought back to the home shop when I'm spec'ing stuff.

I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of solar powered Mitutoyos. I figured with 8 sets of 8ft flourescent (64ea double 4ft bulbs) fixtures in my 30ftx70ft shop, I have plenty of lighting to float them at night. I'm only worried that as I start converting to LED that they won't charge anymore.

Anyway, they worth the investment? Someone here surely has experience with these.

Thanks,

-Fixxer
 

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I have a Mitutoyo 500-491, 6" solar caliper. Had them at least 20 years. Zero problems.
If I need to take a measurement in poorly lit location, I use a flashlight to illuminate.
AFAIK, they don't "charge" at all. No replaceable, rechargeable battery. They just run on the output of the solar cell.
LED lighting = no problem. Normal room/office lighting is fine.
And, it's OK to degauss them when the jaws start holding chips.
 

fixxer

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I have a Mitutoyo 500-491, 6" solar caliper. Had them at least 20 years. Zero problems.
If I need to take a measurement in poorly lit location, I use a flashlight to illuminate.
AFAIK, they don't "charge" at all. No replaceable, rechargeable battery. They just run on the output of the solar cell.
LED lighting = no problem. Normal room/office lighting is fine.
And, it's OK to degauss them when the jaws start holding chips.
Awesome.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably move forward on these then. The solar powered variants only about $25 more than the battery version but I figure I'll save that much in the first couple years not having to putz with batteries when I need to take a quick measurement.
 
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