Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/07/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M4-P: Vivitar 283 or 285
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 15:38:49 EDT

Chuck Albertson is correct.  The HVP was designed and sold for use with the 
285 only.  It was a high-voltage battery pack using a special battery, as 
suggested by the initials.  I have had excellent results using a 283 with my 
old 6-volt original model Quantum battery.  With any Quantum, especially the 
Turbo, recycle times are substantially shorter and flashes per charge 
dramatically superior to any dry cell I have heard of.  The Quantum is 
similar to an auto battery,  except using a later-developed gel electrolyte 
which is much safer than that used in the traditional wet cell.  Every 283 or 
285 I have used requires voltage that is on the high side, so battery life 
with alkalines has been relatively short.  Try finding a used Quantum unit, 
with cords. 

Joe Sobel

Replies: Reply from Mark Rabiner <> (Re: [Leica] M4-P: Vivitar 283 or 285)