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Seems I saw posted somewhere that you can use a 1.5volt battery if the std 3 volt makes your illumination too bright. Is there any truth to this suggestion?
 
If so will the battery life be similar?
 
Any damage to the scope?
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I've heard the same (used in Milletts) but never done it.

In theory, it seems like it should be fine, not much in the way of complicated electronics to brown out and damage.

Do you have a particular scope in need of dialing down?


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I've heard mention of that too, but I wouldn't do it for the sole reason that if anything fails on your illumination system, the scope manufacturer may refuse to honor your warranty if you don't use the battery that's recommended.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

I've heard mention of that too, but I wouldn't do it for the sole reason that if anything fails on your illumination system, the scope manufacturer may refuse to honor your warranty if you don't use the battery that's recommended.



You don't gotta send the 1.5s back with the scope, keep the 3V, send those back, they don't work well anyway!
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Emailed Hawke and as usual their tech service guy was right back with me quickly. Here's what he had to say:
 
"Installing a lower voltage battery in the scope will not hurt it. The same result happens when the battery is getting weak. I have had customers tell me they save a weak battery for dark hunting and new batteries for daytime shooting. Changing illumination values is a simple thing at the factory, just a differant value diode. One of our owners is an Electrical Engineer and can make the change with a phone call but as of yet, there has only been a few people suggest it, not enough to make the change. When we make the scopes for the England market, they have 2 less on the top end and 2 more on the bottom end because it is always darker there and they also hunt at night alot"
 
Since I'm in the African bush will probably be waiting until I get home to try it though. My PH's wife is in town today and gonna look for me, but I doubt she will find one unless it's a real common battery.
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Hawke tech service recommended a GR2032 1.5volt to reduce the brightness. I just can't say enough good about the customer service at Hawke USA in Indiana...................
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Sounds good, Bill!  Thanks for passing along the info!
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Must be a rough life: too much illumination, in the African brush, you have my sympathies, sir.
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yeah, sounds like a REAL problem to have there Bill

I tried a 1.5volt one one scope and it helped (think it was a 4200 1.25-4)
someone recommended a 3v with 1/2 the current output

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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Must be a rough life: too much illumination, in the African brush, you have my sympathies, sir.
 
What can I say, life's tough all over Big Smile
 
Guess if things get really bad I'll have to mount my pre-zeroed Bushnell 2.5-10x50 ill 4200 Elite back on.............
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Hello
 
Its not the current its the voltage.  1.5 will be dimmer,  most leds will work at .5 to 4.5 v used in scopes.   there are guys that put two bats in at 3v and the LED doesnt last but 1.5 is no problem
 
Shoot a couple for me there Bill.  was there last yr this time.   was suppose to go next month to Mozambic but things fell through.
 
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