Thursday, August 19, 2010

remote battery holders

I've started again to make remote battery holders. Easy plug-in type, no soldering or other technical knowledge is required. 8 euro each.

Protect your expensive game from damage because of a leaked battery !

Many people don't know this but every electronic pinball machine has some kind of battery in them. Because of age (as the batteries have never been replaced) but also because of a malfunction, they will start to leak and do irrepairable damage to your mpu board (making your game break down - and it may be an expensive repair to get the game working again). Usually when your pinball machine does not start up anymore it is way too late already to repair it..

The last months I've seen more and more games with leaked batteries.. so be careful.
Until a few years ago I didn't see battery damage a lot. When I saw it, it was usually because of a bad battery or technical malfunction, and only 1 had started to leak (sometimes only a few months after it was brand new installed).

As most WPC games are not getting 15 to 20 years old, those batteries installed from the factories all have had their best time and start to leak. All three batteries leak, first only the battery holder had some corrosion on the contacts, but if you're not quick to detect and repair this, the damage will spread to the ics on the cpu board itself.

So if you have a Bally / Williams game with a dmd (or older 80ies game), replace the batteries and install a remote battery holder to prevent a costly repair in the future !

Back from holiday

Back from holiday, time to start working on pins again.

Removed all top parts from the Gottlieb Majorettes, will clean the playfield. Then it'll go to Henk De Jager for technical repairs, he'll put the game back in original condition (remove all the 'extra' wiring) and get it working again :)
Can't wait to play that machine !

Took most parts off the playfield (still need to desolder and remove the bumpers), gave the playfield a fast cleaning (to remove all dirt on the surface) and still need to use a polish to make the playfield shine and really clean.

Our pinball fridge is for sale.. we need to make space in the gameroom. So if you are in Belgium or the Netherlands and need a cool retro fridge for your pinball gameroom, let me know..

And I finally have to clean up the gameroom as now it's totally a mess.. a lot of toys where my daughter plays with in the garden are in there, there's an empty cabinet (and all the hardware of it) from an IJ of a friend that he'll redecal at my place, and much more..