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Aug 13, 2005 04:51 PM

Help with $10 Panasonic ice cream maker (source for batteries)

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Hi 'hounds!

So I succumbed to my longtime desire to own an ice cream maker when I saw this deal.

The only downside I can see is that this ice cream maker uses 2xCR123A lithium batteries, with which you can get only 25 cycles worth of ice cream. Reliable brand names for these batteries seem to be extremely expensive (as much as $10 for 2 of them!) so I wonder if anyone here has a source for reliable Lithium batteries? I've done a search but the affordable ones all seem to be those weird generic "SuperKorea" brand batteries.

Thanks in advance!

Mr. Taster


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  1. CR123s are photo batteries. Yes, they are pricey but you might find cheapies crap out quick. Still, it might be worth it to try 'em. Is there any chance this "bargain" accepts an external power source(i.e.,a transformer)?

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    1. re: Ronin

      I do not believe so.

      I'm hoping that other hounds with real-life experience using the generics can chime in to help.

      Mr. Taster

      1. re: Mr. Taster

        Sounds like you got suckered, Mr Taster. A ten buck ice cream maker than eats ten bucks worth of batteries?

        1. re: Ronin

          If I were the type of person to eat 25 batches of ice cream in a very short period of time, I would agree with you.

          Mr. Taster

      1. I ordered this ice cream maker, too, and the supposedly included batteries actually weren't. (I was all set to use the machine when I opened the boxo and made that discovery.) Anyway, I found the batteries at Best Buy, but we haven't used the machine yet.

        1. If you can get rechargeable lithium batteries at an affordable price, I would recommend that you consider getting them. I have rechargeable AA batteries for my digital camera and it's so much better than regular disposable ones! With all my food photos, I was previously going through AA's like crazy! I got mine from Fry's which seems to have very good in-store rates and sales, although you have to deal w/ those annoying rebates now and then. I hope this ice cream maker works well for you folks who bought them...please let us know on the HC board how well it works for you. Good luck.

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          1. re: Carb Lover

            Hi Carb Lover

            Funny you mention this, as I just got home from a visit to Fry's (the one on the 60 freeway) on my way to get dinner with my girlfriend in San Gabriel :-)

            I also have rechargable AA batteries for my Canon Powershot A95, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course I use my camera a LOT more than I'll be using my ice cream maker :-)

            Anyway, I did indeed find some cheapo lithiums at Fry's today, although cheap is $4.00 for a 2-pack of "UltraLast" batteries (versus $10 for a comparable pack of Duracell Ultra batteries). I'll see if they get the full 25 cycles as estimated by the ice cream maker's instruction manual.

            I did indeed see the rechargable lithiums you refer to (also by this generic-yet-ubiquitous "UltraLast" brand), and they were $10 each, though I did not see a charger for them. For the time being, I'll stick with the cheapie batteries, unless I find that the charge simply doesn't hold up.

            Mr. Taster

          2. Mr. Taster,
            I too bought the ice cream maker as reported on the HC board... I have not received it yet... maybe today! Anyway, I'm looking at this investment as my trial run ice cream maker. If I like it and I end up using it often enough, I might buy a different one that doesn't require those batteries. But, if it's like some of my other kitchen gadgets, and I only use it a couple times, then I know! And I didn't buy a $100 machine in the process just to sell it at a garage sale for $5! So, I'm not too upset about the battery situation! How often would one go through 25 pints of ice cream, anyway?!? (Or I guess I should say should go through!!!)
            Let me know how your first batch goes and I will too!

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            1. re: Katie Nell

              Hi Katie Nell... I just got my ice cream maker today. Despite what another poster said, mine did in fact come with 2 panasonic brand lithium photo batteries (but I have my $3.99 generic Fry's batteries as a backup... that's (hopefully) 50 pints of ice cream in total I'm covered for :-)

              One thing you should know is that it is indeed a very small unit. Really cute, almost looks like a toy. I actually think I prefer this as I believe making large quantities of homemade ice cream will be detrimental to my wasteline.

              I will make my first batch tonight and post my results!

              Mr. Taster