Replace the batteries or the light meter?

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  1. LAW2

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    I picked up an old Gossen Luna-Pro, but the batteries are dead. It takes mercury batteries which are no longer available. They sell a kit for $4o to convert it to a new battery standard. My question is is this meter worth keeping and paying to get new batteries or should I invest in a new or newer version? Thanks
     
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    You can buy mercury batteries in Canada. I would assume a Canadian reseller might have them on Ebay.
     
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    mercury batteries are extreamly bad for the environment and toxic. Thats why they dont make them. so unless you like killing the environment, i would suggest you convert the light meter or buy a new one.
    As far as that goes, i dont know how good that light meter is, so maybe look it up on google or something, see if you can find specs on it and if its a decent light meter, spend the money, but if its not get a new one
     
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    You can get a much better light meter for 40 or 50 bucks on ebay. Don't waste your time with it.
     
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    I faced your problem, bought the adapter, and haven't looked back since.
     
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    I just love it how the manufacture of batteries is banned, but proper disposal of fluorescent lights doesn't even exist. The mercury is just as toxic in either one of them!
     
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    Actually not to go off on an unrelated topic here the proper disposal/recycling of flourescent bulbs is a requirement in all of the residential facilities I have worked at. The capabilities exist to recycle them privately also but most people just don't bother to do it.
     
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    Apparently there is more political gain from banning batteries than flourescent tubes.
     
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    not in canada.

    Good to know the states are doing something about it. I've seen kids 3 weeks ago playing around breaking them.
     
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    Side note;

    An alternative solution to the battery problem is the Wein zinc-air battery. These are direct replacements for the old mercury cells. Available from the large photo houses such as B&H, they have two drawbacks: limited life and higher price.

    And yes, I've used them and they do work well. My meter read 'on the nose.'
     
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    If you really like the light meter, then buy the kit to convert it. If you're not that attached to it, but a new one. Both will probably cost you the same.
     
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    I think I am going to go this route, as it is the most cost effective at only $9.00. Hopefully the meter still works.

    Thanks to all
     

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