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Old 11-19-2011, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New year... Change those batteries

I just changed my batteries in my beacon out for the first time this year so I though I would add a friendly reminder that you should too. Enjoy the season...

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Old 11-19-2011, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is always a good post. I take my batteries out at the end of the season so that I have to put new batteries in the next time I use my beacon.

For everyone else, if you haven't done it, go put new batteries in your beacon now.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reminder guys! Took my beacon up to Stevens Pass last weekend for opening day and realized I hadn't changed mine out yet, although I did replace them late last season.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This is my first season riding in the BC, so 1 set of batteries should be me through an entire season without needing a replacement?

If it makes any difference I'm using a BCA Tracker DTS
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Wish I needed a beacon.....be safe.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This is my first season riding in the BC, so 1 set of batteries should be me through an entire season without needing a replacement?

If it makes any difference I'm using a BCA Tracker DTS
Depending on how much you go, probably not. I generally replace the batteries in my beacon once the power level dips at or just below 70%. The reason being is that even though the battery drain is even, in really cold temps the power levels can drop considerably. Batteries are not that expensive. I generally do close to 60 days bc riding every season. I replace my batteries at least twice during the season.

If (I believe this is the battery type for the DTS) triple A batteries are hard to come by in Japan, order a set of alkalines now. I generally buy the 24 packs and throw them in my gear bag. It is also not a bad idea to carry a set of four batteries in your pack or as my friend does, taped to his beacon harness strap. Makes for a handy quick swap should your batteries be dead. More importantly, they can be put in your friends beacon who has dead batteries.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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anytime it shows under 80% i change mine (i'll put the 80%'s in a radio usually).. its def good practice to keep'em fresh! I carry a 6 pack of AAA's in my BC pack too.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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More importantly, they can be put in your friends beacon who has dead batteries.
Good thinking.


Well this is my first season going BC. I'll probably do around 100ish days, and I'm guessing around 20-30 of those in the BC.

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