One thing I am not good at is keeping my batteries charged. When I get to hunt, I hunt hard. Usually I am beat and it is dark when I get home. I rarely even get my e-Trac out of the truck, much less take the battery out and take it inside to put it on the charger. After all, my e-Trac came with two battery packs – the rechargeable one, and one that you can put eight AAs in. So I exhaust the rechargeable over a couple of hunts, and switch to the AAs. I used to buy big packs of Energizer AAs on Amazon and go through them as well. My truck would be scattered with dead AAs. I’d charge the rechargeable pack when I got around to it.
When I get to a site to hunt I want to start hunting as quickly as possible and don’t need any distractions. Having to change out the battery, or worse, change out the AAs in the battery pack is a big inconvenience.
Inevitably, I’d end up hunting with my last AAs and watching that single bar left on the battery indicator, praying the e-Trac doesn’t die. This happened a ridiculous number of times considering I had two battery packs. The noise the e-Trac makes when the battery dies to me sounds just like a sound played on TV when someone loses a game show. I certainly deserve it, but it is very disheartening, and if you don’t have a charged backup or extra AAs, you are dead in the water.
That was all before I purchased an ML-2900 battery by RNB Innovations. I picked up mine off of e-Bay a little over a year ago. It charges in about 2 hours or less, and the battery doesn’t drain if the detector sits up for a while. It is well built, fits in the e-Trac perfectly, and is differentiated from my standard black and yellow e-Trac packs with a cool black and red color scheme.
Note to MineLab: It would be cool if you made the tabs on your rechargeable and the AA battery packs different colors – I’ve picked up the wrong one out of my bag several times when I was in a hurry. Yellow and blue would be cool!
I no longer worry about battery life on the e-Trac at all. I can hunt at least ten or more 3-4 hour hunts on a single charge. It just seems to last forever. I keep my standard rechargeable as a backup now, and don’t have the expense or worry of the AAs at all. I charge both batteries “when I get around to it”, and still have not even came close to running out of power in the field again.
The ML-2900 runs about $129 on e-Bay and comes with a wall-charger. An add-on car charger is also available for about 40 bucks. The ML-2900 will also run on many other MineLab detectors – not just the e-Trac! I’ve easily paid for the cost of mine in AAs that I haven’t bought over the last year.
I believe in continuously improving and upgrading every aspect of my detecting equipment. Little things make big things happen, and I can confidently say that the RNB ML-2900 battery has eliminated my battery issues with the e-Trac. If you are looking to replace a MineLab battery, or would like to have long-lasting power you can always count on, then get an ML-2900.
Now if I can just get my wife to quit unplugging and moving my chargers around where I can’t find them!!!!
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