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Old 03 September 2015, 09:58   #11
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Old 03 September 2015, 13:27   #12
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I was in your position a few months ago: PLB Battery Replacement - worth it?

In your case, McMurdo are taking the pisk! McMurdo FastFind 220 GPS PLB - 406 MHz Personal Location Beacon - Marine Super Store

That 220 has a 6 year life - IIRC there was another brand PLB with 7 years?
I picked up an AccuSat MT410G during the summer. It has a 7 year battery life. Mine had been sat on the shelf for a year so I got it half price ! Seems nice bit of kit, strobe light

They claim no warm up time (don't know how!) - cold start 34 seconds

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Old 05 October 2015, 12:59   #13
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The battery for my McMurdo Fastfind expired back in June and I have only now got round to trying to organise a replacement. I obtained the appropriate Service Return Form by email from McMurdo although with no details supplied as to the cost. I enquired about this in order to send the remittance with the return unit and received the following reply by email:

"The cost of battery replacement is 101.89 ex VAT and carriage back to you. Total will be 140.27. However, you will be wise to wait until Greg has tested your PLB in case any other work needs to be done. We send a quotation via email once Greg tests each unit."

At that price, I have told them where to go and have bought a replacement unit from another manufacturer.

I have today taken delivery of a tiny but powerful Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1 (cost 199.99 from Marine Super Store) which has a seven year guarantee and battery life until Feb 2023. This works out at less than 29.00 per year and, therefore, effectively the same as the McMurdo replacement battery (assuming another five year life - although their current model boasts six years). It also means I now have two PLBs which will give a back up if needed (testing the 'expired' battery still shows it has a full charge). Let's hope I don't have to use either!
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The battery for my McMurdo Fastfind expired back in June and I have only now got round to trying to organise a replacement. I obtained the appropriate Service Return Form by email from McMurdo although with no details supplied as to the cost. I enquired about this in order to send the remittance with the return unit and received the following reply by email:



"The cost of battery replacement is 101.89 ex VAT and carriage back to you. Total will be 140.27. However, you will be wise to wait until Greg has tested your PLB in case any other work needs to be done. We send a quotation via email once Greg tests each unit."



At that price, I have told them where to go and have bought a replacement unit from another manufacturer.



I have today taken delivery of a tiny but powerful Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1 (cost 199.99 from Marine Super Store) which has a seven year guarantee and battery life until Feb 2023. This works out at less than 29.00 per year and, therefore, effectively the same as the McMurdo replacement battery (assuming another five year life - although their current model boasts six years). It also means I now have two PLBs which will give a back up if needed (testing the 'expired' battery still shows it has a full charge). Let's hope I don't have to use either!

Great post
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The battery for my McMurdo Fastfind expired back in June and I have only now got round to trying to organise a replacement. I obtained the appropriate Service Return Form by email from McMurdo although with no details supplied as to the cost. I enquired about this in order to send the remittance with the return unit and received the following reply by email:

"The cost of battery replacement is 101.89 ex VAT and carriage back to you. Total will be 140.27. However, you will be wise to wait until Greg has tested your PLB in case any other work needs to be done. We send a quotation via email once Greg tests each unit."

At that price, I have told them where to go and have bought a replacement unit from another manufacturer.

I have today taken delivery of a tiny but powerful Ocean Signal RescueME PLB1 (cost 199.99 from Marine Super Store) which has a seven year guarantee and battery life until Feb 2023. This works out at less than 29.00 per year and, therefore, effectively the same as the McMurdo replacement battery (assuming another five year life - although their current model boasts six years). It also means I now have two PLBs which will give a back up if needed (testing the 'expired' battery still shows it has a full charge). Let's hope I don't have to use either!
Your experience with McMurdo echoes mine & I shall be taking a similar path. I just haven't got around to actually replacing the expired unit yet
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You guys did spot that I had mine sorted for 85 all in?
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You guys did spot that I had mine sorted for 85 all in?
I did, by whom?
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CH Marine. They have a depot in Northern Ireland too. They struck me as fairly professional lads.
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I just bought a new unit, anyone recomend best way of disposing of old unit ?
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I just bought a new unit, anyone recomend best way of disposing of old unit ?
You could wait until Nov5th & set it off along with the expired pyros, I'm sure someone will come along & take it away, they might even arrive by helo. Don't forget to De-register it first though
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