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    I have read that the Thales 1600426 and the Thales 1600581 are interchangeable and both will charge the Thales 25 li-ion battery pack. Does anyone know this to be true? I believe that the 1600581 is actually for the prc-148, but the batterry terminals are the same as well as the chemistry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy_BOFH View Post
    The chargers are still out there and easy to find. If you want the "mobile" charger with the lock like Splinter has, it is the Thales 23386 - still on eBay.
    The "desktop" charger is the Thales 1600426 still found on eBay as well.

    Both use a standard 12VDC barrel jack wall wart. The OEM ones have a twist-lock type connector on them to keep them from popping out the back but a standard 5.5/2.5mm jack wall wart with positive center will work.
    Thanks for clarifying that. I didn’t know that the prc-148 charger was compatible with the T25. I was looking for the original “brick” with the MA6996 or 1600552-1 part number.


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    I can confirm that the 1600581-1 will indeed charge the Thales 25 battery pack with no problem. I have noticed on ebay's detailed pictures that if you look on the rated output of the slant desktop chargers, some are rated for 15.0vdc and others are 13.5vdc. I suspect that the ones rated for 13.5 will charge the Thales 25. The ones rated at 15.0 will most likely not as the Thales cube chargers are 13.5s.

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    Hi Splinter34,

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll proceed cautiously.

    My batteries won’t be shipped until the end of September, despite my ordering them a few weeks ago. I suspect they assemble them on demand when they receive a minimum order quantity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    Hi Splinter34,

    Thanks for the tip. Iíll proceed cautiously.

    My batteries wonít be shipped until the end of September, despite my ordering them a few weeks ago. I suspect they assemble them on demand when they receive a minimum order quantity.

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    Just received my 1600581-1 charger. The bottom plate indicates 13.6v output. Looks like Iím good to go when my batteries arrive mid-September.

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    I suspect Phil is correct, that they don't produce them until they have a substantial quantity to run off. I ordered a while back, and had to badger the seller for updates several times. It finally arrived today, 120 days after I initially placed my order. Just a heads up that if you want a battery, your one and only source has a long and variable lead time. I'm glad someone still makes them though!

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    Just received our T25 batteries from Gemini. Took for ever to deliver to Australia, and the freight was expensive.

    I tried charging them with an original Racal 23386 1600426-1 Rev. 3.1 charger and a later model Thales 23386 1600581-1 with firmware v2.10e and 13.6V output (according to the sticker on the base).

    The original Racal charger initially appeared to start charging, then went into the error flashing sequence (green/red flash), however, the Thales charger worked fine.

    I suspect it may be a firmware issue on the Racal. The Racal charger has no external serial interface, but I spied a header on the PCB that looks like a serial interface.

    Anyone have any experience tinkering with the older chargers? Or should I cut my losses and replace it?

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    Seeing as you can get 1600581-1 chargers new in box for about $25 USD each, it's probably not worth messing around with the old one. I've got two and they've been working flawlessly.

    After two months of getting dicked about I gave up on Gemini and ordered from barcodefactory.com instead, for only a few bucks more. They dispatched two batteries to my freight forwarder in Oregon pretty much straight away; took a week to get there via FedEx Ground.

    From there it was DHL from Portland to Canberra in 4 days. Cost for shpping on the international leg was $28 plus an $18 dangerous goods surcharge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy_BOFH View Post
    Thales 23386
    Watch out. 23386 is Thales' CAGE code, not a model number. It's printed on everything they sell to Uncle Sam.

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    Ordered and received two of the GTS batteries last year. Charge and work great, only con I can find is that the top of the battery case is very lightly glued. One separated completely and the other is loose. Nothing a little extra glue won't cure