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    Searching for replacement batteries OR retrofit of Vivitar NC-3 Battery packs My father left me a Vivitar 283 and the batterie is no good so were do I fined a Vivitar NC-3?


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I believe the problem lies not with the voltage, but is due to the slightly fatter profile of the rechargeables that causes a tight fit in the Vivitar battery pack. I find that, after inserting all four (the last will go in really tight), I need to give each cell one more firm push so that it seats properly into the battery pack.

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