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Have been thinking of getting this modification for a while now. Easy to fit and clips securely into the original battery housing. Battery life will be less but AA batteries are more easily available.
Note: It's worth pointing out that the adapter is designed to slot into a 'hinged battery pack' that comes on some Zoom models. For older models, where the battery pack splits in half (as mine is), then the cartridge doesn't fit. I'm now faced with two options ... look for the one that actually fits (probably the best option!) or use something like a soldering iron to remove the plastic that is stopping it from slotting in...
Works fine outside the battery pack holder!
Although the Petzl Zoom is an old model, its solid and simple in design. However the origianl large batteries are hard to get. The adapter fitted well and worked perfectly, Connections seemed sound. Happy with the product.
Fitted my circa 1994 Petzl Zoom. Hoping to fit some Lithium AA in to see if they improve over standard Duracell. So difficult to get the 4.5 V 3LR12 batteries now.
The adapter makes life so much easier, you know you can pick up aa batteries almost anywhere for very little cost and they pack in the last smallest space in you luggage.
My old Petzl Zoom had been gathering dust for years. When I went looking for a new battery, how I laughed ...
Found Facewest sold the adapters for taking 3x AA batteries for a reasonable price, with no daft P&P charges and it arrived the next day. The old Zoom is now out again for my night runs and a much cheaper option than buying a new (but better) torch.
After many years of expensive disposable batteries in my headtorch I decided to 'go green' and fit this 3 AA cell carriage with some re-chargeable batteries. The brightness of the lamp is undiminished and the lighter weight of the adaptor and AA batteries makes for a better balanced headtorch.
The unit seems durable enough and has withstood some heavy use, wet and dark battery changes for example. I haven't directly compared burn times yet but the AA's seem to last a little less, maybe I need to upgrade the output of the cells.
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