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Bob Cole
Zoom h4 battery compartment lid
on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:07:23 pm

I have a Zoom h4, and would use it except that the battery compartment seems too insecure. The lid lifts and of course the power goes out - end of recording.

Since I'm putting this on a remote vehicle to back up my wireless recording, I am unable to monitor the device. So this is a dealbreaker. Has someone else encountered this problem and come up with a solution? Is this a part that I just need to replace?

Bob C


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Ty Ford
Re: Zoom h4 battery compartment lid
on Dec 17, 2010 at 9:24:44 pm

G-tape?

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Ty Ford

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Bob Cole
Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:21:12 pm

Good idea, both for the battery compartment and for keeping the XLR connections tight.

The H4 has a very poor design for the battery compartment. I think this has been fixed in the H4n. But in the H4 the compartment closes at one end, which makes a moveable part (the lid) responsible for a snug fit with the battery.

Tech support gave me a couple of good ideas: retightening the lid with the little black screw on the back; don't keep batteries in it; if you've kept batteries in it too long, you may need to stick a pencil in and pull up the bottom springs.

I'm looking for another audio recorder now. Better battery compartment of course, more secure XLR connection, & less susceptible to inadvertently turning off the record button. Ideally, so I wouldn't need to place more than one lavalier mic, it would also have an XLR pass-through to my wireless transmitter. My main use for the device would be to back up a wireless, and I'd hope to need the actual audio from the portable device rarely.

Bob C


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Peter Groom
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 7:53:22 pm

Hi
My zooms battery compartment has been held on with gaffer tape almost since i bought it. BUT when i used it in a vehicle where I needed a long record time recently, I used a car 12v adaptor to the 12v input to power it from the cigarette lighter. (best use of a cig lighter ive ever found!)Thast way id no worries about battery cost, running out etc etc.
Bits from Maplins in the UK were about £20.
Peter



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Bob Cole
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 7:57:31 pm

My Zoom H4 says "DC9v" on the back. Were you able to use a 12v cigarette adapter straight in, without transforming to 9v?


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Peter Groom
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 8:59:06 pm

NO, thatll blow it.
The car adapter i bought had a rotary voltage selector on it which allowed selection of multiple different voltages. It also had a whole variety of different adapter shapes and styles to choose the correct one. I recall i had to look carefully at the polarity too to not get things reversed.
But it did work beautifully in the end, recording continuously for a 3 day shoot onto 3 x 32 gig SDHC cards.
Im sure this was it

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=37423
Cheers
Peter



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Ty Ford
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 2:11:27 am

They're still putting cigarette lighter in cars?

Not in the US.

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Ty Ford

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Eric Toline
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 3:32:38 am

It's called a 12v auxillary power socket today but you can plug a lighter into it.

Eric


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Peter Groom
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:59:21 am

An interesting observation Ty. yes they still call them cigarette lighters here, but as has been rightly observed, smoking is a dying habit. I think most people use them now for sat navs, phone power, dvd players for the kids etc etc. - an Zoom powering!
Peter

Peter


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Ty Ford
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 3:30:00 pm

Peter,

Do they allow smoking on European flights?

Over here, for many years, the pre-takeoff announcement includes info that smoking is not allowed, even in the bathroom. There are no more ashtrays in the seat arms.

I thought it was universal, but someone mentioned that on some flights elsewhere in the world, smoking was permitted.

What say you?

Season's Best,

Ty Ford

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Peter Groom
Re: Zoom h4 fix and alternative?
on Dec 20, 2010 at 3:55:39 pm

Ive not been on a flight, train, or in any workplace or even a pub or nightclub where smoking is permitted for some years now here in the UK. Is outlawed in any indoor public space or workplace. Of course a car is personal space to the rules about cars (and their 12v adapters, where this all started) have not changed.
I Dont smoke personally thank heavens.
Cheers

Peter

Peter


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