Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/10/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica R3 Batteries
From: 4season <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 22:21:53 -0600

Bill Campbell wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I recently purchased a Leica R3, the manual recommends Varta V 76 HS
> batteries (among others), I wasn't able to locate those batteries, but I did
> find Varta V 76 PX, a 1.5v Silver Oxide battery. Does anyone know the
> difference between these two batteries?, are the interchangeable?
> Thanks... Bill

The magic number is "76": Those are common 1.5V button cells, generally
available in silver-oxide or alkaline. Both work okay, but I think I get
longer life out of silver and don't mind paying extra for them. But I
don't like paying a premium for Varta batteries, and in general, my luck
with this brand has not been very good. I use Mallory or Eveready,
sometimes Radio Shack too.  Generally, you can substitute a single
CR1/3N lithium cell for 2x of those 76 cells as well. Your R3 should
work great with any of the above.