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« on: October 04, 2011, 02:47:35 AM »

Hi all, Ive got a Will Lee MV4 and the battery has gone flat again( its down to 4.5 volt and i can hear distortion in the sound),the last time was 4 months ago.So i figure battery life is around 4 months (and yes i alawys pull the lead out when im not at the gig or practising) . Im just wondering is this what you guys are experiencing , the reason im curious is because with my old 76 musicman the battery would last about 2 YEARS...or maybe its normal with modern active pickups for batteries to not last so long...your thoughts?  thanks  EDIT...Ive been playing it for around 20 min with the new batt and it sounds great , maybe the batt has been underpowered for a while coz this is a great sound.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 10:11:56 AM »

It doesn't sound right at all. I change the battery maybe once a year and it always reads more than 8 volts (then I use it for my tuner).

Is this the first time that you change the battery? if so, maybe it was already half-empty when you got the bass. See what happens with the new one but if it goes dead so fast contact the shop for advice.

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 02:31:00 PM »

I've noticed that sometimes other types of batteries die quickly if it's past their expiry date when they're installed. Worth a check if you buy batteries on sale.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 08:49:55 PM »

thanks for the reply.this is the second batt since i got the bass. the original batt was doing the same things when i changed it to a top of the line batt,which is now ,after approx 4 months  degrading my sound...weird. at this rate ill be changing batts almost as often as strings.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 11:17:54 PM »

Ask Roger about it.  That seems odd.  I've only changed my batteries a few times in the last five years!  Though I live in Phoenix, AZ and we don't have cold winters or severe weather snaps that may play a role there.  I don't know, though.

I think I've only needed to change my batteries about once every 18-24 months.  I always pull my cable from my bass when I'm done playing and I like Duracell Procells. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 08:56:53 AM »

I'm sure it's going to be an easy fix. Contact the shop.
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 01:07:55 PM »

That sounds awfully quick with an alkaline battery. Are you maxing your preamp settings all the time which hypothetically could put more drain on the battery?   Mine lasts always more than a year in my guitars and basses.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 11:21:09 PM »

ok sounds like im the only one with this problem...what is it an open circuit kinda thing...im in australia so i cant take it back to the sadowsky shop...oh well just wish there werent so many screws on the back plate...
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 08:50:41 AM »

My advise would be to open the back plate (oh yes) and check for unwanted (best word I came up with...) contacts.
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2012, 02:08:23 AM »

ok guys its been 5 months since my last battery went flat...guess what? the battery (energiser extra) just went flat enough to affect my sound,replaced battery sound comes back. so thats it then, around 5 months of life....and it went flat all of a sudden too, it was ok yesterday...so i guess always keep some spare batteries. doesnt sound right ,though.
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2012, 04:03:51 PM »

Get a Batt-O-Meter!  Someone in Australia must carry them.
5 months sounds reasonable if you play a lot.

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2012, 12:27:43 AM »

thanks for the reply roger...yeah i got one of those batt o meter things...they are good for checking the batt,the problem is that there wasnt any noticable degradation in the sound,it didnt seem gradual,just ok one day not ok the next...the batt o meter said 4.5 volts .the tongue test test said "no buzz" ill keep my ears open next time this current battery starts hitting 5 or 6 V.and see if the sound degrades...btw i play about an hour to hour half every day and gig days the lead will be plugged from s/check to the end. about 6/7 hours .so i dont know if thats average or a lot
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2012, 10:28:52 AM »

I recommend replacing the battery at 7.5 volts.
You will get longer battery life if you unplug your bass after soundcheck.

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« Reply #13 on: February 29, 2012, 07:08:14 AM »

yeah ,good idea about unplugging after s/check but changing at 7.5V could mean every 2 months.that quite a few batteries.
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« Reply #14 on: February 29, 2012, 09:45:29 AM »

I doubt if you will need a new battery every 2 months.  This is just a recommendation if you don't want your battery to die unexpectedly.   Feel free to push the battery level as far as you are comfortable.  I think 3 bucks every few months is a cheap way to have piece of mind.

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