As you may know we have been working on power supplies that use Supercaps for several
years. Our experimental products, Brownie and Pinkie, are examples of products using
Supercaps. Although Supercaps have benefits, such as high effeciency, very fast transient
response, and high capacitance storage, these benefits come at a cost. When Gilbert
was developing the BC705 phonostage, he started wondering if a combo of standard
high-speed capacitors and batteries would work as well as Supercaps alone? That lead
to the development of a full line of battery power supplies. The Batche Thingee is
just the beginning.
If we call it a Thingee, it will work on all Thingee products. As of today, that
includes the Fon Lo Thingee, Hat Peed Thingee, and Gain Stage Thingee plus anything
else that we call a Thingee. It is a plug and play design. Connect the Batche Thingee
between the power supply and the Thingee unit and it’s done. The Batche Thingee has
a constant current trickle charger which ensures the batteries will not be overcharged*.
It uses (12) readily available AA Ni-MH batteries. It has one switch. "I" means it
is using ac power and the batteries are also charging. "O" means the ac power has
been disconnected and the unit is running on batteries. In addition to the battery,
the Batche Thingee also has 94,000uF of filtering capacitance for fast transient
demands from the music."
With the Batche Thingee, any of the components can be portable. Especially for Head-Fiers
who are on the road. They can use the Batche Thingee with their Hat Peed Thingee
to listen to music while they are oot and aboot. With a full charge **, the Hat Peed
Thingee can run for 15+ hours, Fon Lo Thingee over 48 hours.
*use only Ni-MH battery with 2300mAH or higher rated
** Tested with 2450mAH batteries
Fon Lo Thingee users:
Auto Mute Thingee is recommended when using Batche Thingee with Fon Lo Thingee. With
the Auto Mute Thingee in the loop, when the batteries drain too low, it will automatically
turn off the Fon Lo Thingee to avoid any noise that may damage components. It can
also used as a manual mute. It is a handy device when cueing the tonearm.
When using Auto Mute Thingee with Fon Lo Thingee on battery mode, the run time is
approx. 20 hours with full battery charge.
Batteries carry a 6 month warranty from the date of manufacture.