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Loyal
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Too bad they don't make a ZPM in that size.

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Jaccen
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http://www.batteryrevival.com/

I have used them for batteries from Leica, Sokkia, Trimble, Hemisphere, TDS, and probably a host of others for close to 20 years.  You ship them your old battery, they fix it, and they ship it back.  Highly recommended.  They have both an American and a Canadian shop.  Arthur has always answered my email within 36 hours.

You may want to explore a similar service in your area if all you want to do is replace old batteries (ie. you do not want to purchase additional batteries).

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In cheap power tools, or old gear yes. But I am cheap too.

Recently bought two batteries for about $100, back up GNSS South S82-V, these are Trimble S8 style Li-on batteries.  Branded batteries $350 EACH.  The cheap  are now in rotation with the newer GNSS South G1-s, as the performance is the same as far as tested.  

We had a local battery re packer re cell a few years back, and they were rubbish, lower capacity mah, and poor fit where glued. 

The firm I work for has almost no equipment budget, so unlikely to ever own Trimble/Leica equipment.  I would not recommend cheap batteries in a decent total station, unless well tested. 

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@kotuku4

We have the same South gear since 2013 and a year ago the original 4 batteries were getting tired, so we got two new (uprated, so they now give 4 hours rover time as opposed to 3 hours from the originals) batteries from the South supplier, at around $150 each. At the same time I decided to experiment and bought 2 identical batteries of eBay from seller in China, at around $40 each, these last half an hour, so I guess I got less power-time than what I paid for.

BTW, I think to cover the no-ship-lipo issue, the package from China was labeled as "mobile phone" and indeed inside there was a pink plastic non-functional toy phone.

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Yes the newer South batteries are 3400mAh verse 2700mAh? for the old ones.

BTNF-L7408W from Surveying TDX via Aliexpress. We paid NZ$ 122.90 at the time.

We get same improvement is base and rover run times.  We were quoted much higher price for batteries.

We do use a SLA for the old base.  Most of our jobs are small G1-s base and rover run fine off the Li-Ion. 

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We basically only use aftermarket batteries and cables for Trimble replacements. However, there are some items that have to come from Trimble, the battery pack for the TSC2 is one. 

But for the cowbell, the R8, 5800, 5700, we use the off-brand.

The S6, we were just talking about it, the battery is 2007, 12years old, if you find out that the off-market ones work, I would be interested to know. 

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But for the cowbell, the R8, 5800, 5700, we use the off-brand.

When I bought a surplus, probably never used,  old Trimble receiver with a cowbell, it contained an Interstate brand battery, understandably pretty dead from sitting in storage. I replaced it with another Interstate and got good service for a year until I let it freeze while run down.  I have heard a recommendation for the EnerSys/Yuasa/Genesis in SLA batteries, and so far one of them is holding up for me.

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@bill93

We replace the cowbell battery with interstate, they cost $29 and the worst one I've had gave out after one year, they die slowly so when I start to notice the battery begin to fade I replace it with a spare and order another. The little batteries for the 5700, 5800, R8 normally last a long time, the aftermarket ones are 1/3 the cost of the Trimble ones so we have close to a dozen of them, again as they start to fade replace them. But there are some Trimble batteries you have to get from them. 

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Some years back we bought some off-brand batteries for a Trimble R-8 receiver. They worked great for a couple months, then rather quickly wore out. Nothing truly bad happened, but they really were not worth the hassle in the long run. 

I'm sure that you can get good quality off-brand batteries that will be as good as the OEM models but if you do they aren't going to be significantly cheaper. And if the are cheaper, they are probably the ones that failed inspection and testing coming off the line. Pass. 

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