The Thrill of the Chase

I’m trying to get an old Kodak instant camera in shooting condition. It takes an oddball battery — a ‘J’ size 539 6V. I actually saw some on Amazon for $0.01. Yes, a penny. Where’s the fun in that?

This is the little beastie.  For all I know it's original to the camera

This is the little beastie. For all I know it’s original to the camera

Another view

Another view

I'd started cracking it open when I decided to document

I’d started cracking it open when I decided to document

The internals, some badly corroded and leaking AAAAs

The internals, some badly corroded and leaking AAAAs

AAAA are available but I read somewhere that 9V batteries are 6 AAAAs in series

AAAA are available but I read somewhere that 9V batteries are 6 AAAAs in series

Yep.  Snipping two off, they're even connected for me

Yep. Snipping two off, they’re even connected for me

Making sure before I use them

Making sure before I use them

A little of the 9V battery connection material between the '+' terminal and the battery end and I'm in business

A little of the 9V battery connection material between the ‘+’ terminal and the battery end and I’m in business

Final check

Final check

You may have noticed that the meter reads minus 6.3V. I didn’t until I got home and tried it.

This makes no sense from a time or money standpoint. It’s a hideous kludge even a battery mama wouldn’t love. It was a lot of fun and I was able to start tinkering with the camera last night. Good experience too, for learning how to replace some of the more obscure mercury batteries.