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Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Paul_RK » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:18 pm

Thought I'd share this ad from the 1962 Radio Show catalogue, as I don't think I've ever seen the whole of the Power Pack range pictured together before.

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It interested me too that, in August-September 1962, Ever Ready were still displaying the Sky Captain, their final valve portable. Then, its price was certainly attractive, £9. 4s. 5d inclusive of Purchase Tax, when the Sky Leader was £20. 9s. 10d.

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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by valvekits » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:45 pm

That reminds me of buying my first PP6 mid sixties and not having enough money for the purchase tax, three mile walk home.


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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Mike C » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:58 pm

Some here, Enjoy.
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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Paul_RK » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:17 pm

Nice, thanks, and the last one is of course the photo I posted but in colour :smile: I was surprised to see the elusive PP5, which I think had pretty much vanished by 1968-9 when my active interest in old radios began. Wikipedia needs a spot of editing as the Power Pack entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ba ... #PP_series doesn't mention it: "The PP4 was cylindrical, all other types were rectangular", and as these images show the PP4 wasn't cylindrical to start with.

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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Mike C » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:39 pm

Most of the PP sizes were 9V except the PP1 PP8 AND PP11. Early PP4 batteries were square in shape. The PP10 was 9v with a socket to take a two pin plug, The Sky prince Ever Ready set uses this size as does the Sky baron. Both sets are transistor.

The PP5 is not often seen and the only radio I have seen that uses it is a cheap Arrow make, this battery is 9V and very thin.

 
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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Red to black » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:56 pm

Love the pictures of the old batteries guys, I feel all nostalgic. :thumbl:

Just out of curiosity what are the voltages of the other PP power packs mentioned ?

 
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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Paul_RK » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:59 pm

Yes, a few sets adopted the PP10: Roberts' RT7 and RT8, I think some early Thorn transistor table models with FM, and HMV made a big portable (the 2104) which had a reversible connector, PP10 pins on one side and PP9 snaps on the other to give the owner a choice of which to use.

I can't think of any set other than Roberts' RT1 which used the PP8, but it was a popular model so the battery stayed in production for quite a while. Two of them were used in an optional docking station for Murphy's first transistor portable, though.

Only a little Hong Kong-made Aero set here takes a PP5, I'd guess that must be the model you've seen. I think an early Sinclair, the Slimline, did too. Not much of a market, and the battery must soon have vanished from the shelves.

PP1 and PP8 were both 6 volt, PP11 4.5 + 4.5 volt - really a PP9 but wired in two halves to a four-pin socket.

 
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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Red to black » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:03 pm

Thanks for the extra information Paul, I suspected it would have been something along those lines, but did not know for sure, I can vaguely recall reading somewhere something about these PP's.

 

Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Mike C » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:13 pm

That's the radio Paul as I saw one at Hexham boot fair with out the battery. PP1 was 6V PP8 6V PP3 4 5 6 7 9 AND 10 were all 9V. Vidor used the VT code and Exide was DT. PP was power pack though. Later on Exide used the PP codes. I have yet to see a PP5 and find one. Most radios used PP7 or PP9 along with the PP6 for smaller sets such as the Sky lark. There was never a PP2 though.

 
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Re: Ever Ready Power Packs

Post by Michael Watterson » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:33 pm

Oh ... loverly..

I'd love some of those scans in larger quality :mrgreen:


Here is June 1961. No less than FIVE valve radio sets
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I have those just in slightly larger size, photos rather than scans unfortunately.


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