While the SL 66 is a completely mechanical camera - except for the exposure meter - the SLX and System 6000 cameras are completely battery dependent. They have an electronic syetem board that controls all functions. Film transport is motorised and even shutter and aperture are driven by linear motors. The battery is rechargeable and contains standard cells. Originally Sanyo Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) cells. In later years Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cells. Next to the battery other power supply systems were offered. The camera’s can be run from mains in the studio. On the road the system batteries can be charged from the car battery, etc. A power interface with exactly the same sizes replaces the battery in the camera and connects to external power supply components.
Power supply systems
|System battery||39 715||Rechargeable battery 1.25 A with active and spare fuses.
The NiCad cells are routinely replaced for NiMH cells nowadays.
|External battery connector||98 200||Intended for using the system battery away from the camera,
near the human body in case of cold weather.
|Battery chargers||Several versions G, N, C, D. Charges the System battery (and some
can feed the Power interface).
|Power Interface||30 017||Replaces the System battery in the camera and connects to a
number of external power supplies. Needs 12 - 18 V ⎓, at least
|Power supply unit||30 019||Mains converter to 12 V ⎓. Intended to feed the Power interface.|
|Connector cable||91 187||Connects a car cigarette lighter socket with the Power interface|
|Battery box||30 036||Box for 5 × 3 V Lithium cells, type DL 123A. With cable.
Intended to feed the Power interface.
|Einhell mobile energy station,
with connector cable
|Specialist third party product.|
The Rolleiflex SLX was supplied with a NiCad battery. In those days state of the art. A downside of NiCads is the so called ‘memory effect’. It means they should be recharged only when empty state is indicated by the camera. Recharging a partly discharged battery will eventually lead to a diminished capacity. Of course that is rather un practical. Most people prefer to start with a fully charged battery. That problem was enhanced by rather primitive chargers (G and N chargers) that lacked a discharge circuit to fully discharge before charging. Quite some users switched to third party chargers like the Maha, now discontinued.
I understand modern NiCad cells are of a higher capacity now and do not suffer from memory.
While the factory sticked to NiCad, supposedly better suited for strong currents drawn by the camera motors, users switched to NiMH when cells had to be replaced. NiMH cells have no memory effect and modern cells have a higher capacity than original NiCads. The Maha charger could fully charge NiMH batteries. The Rollei chargers G, N and later C are not designed to charge NiMH batteries. The Maha is designed charging for NiMH batteries.
Only in 2019 offered the factory a Charger D fit for NiMH batteries.
The SLX and System 6000 camera’s are protected against overcurrent by glass fuses. The battery housing contains a spare fuse too. The fuse that is clearly visible is the active one. The spare fuse is hidden between the cells and can accessed by pulling a plastic tab. Camera models don’t use the same type of fuse. The type of fuse is printed on the original battery. When buying (used) batteries check active and spare fuse. Try using the proper fuse for your camera. When the rated current IN is too low, the fuse may blow with normal use. A too highly rated fuse may not blow at all or blow too late in case of a fault and cause damage to the electronics or components like the film transport motor and the linear motors for aperture and shutter.
|M||0.8 A||250 V||mittelträge||normal|
|6006 model 2
6003 SRC 1000
6008 prof SRC 1000
|M||1 A||250 V||mittelträge||normal|
|T||1.25 A||250 V||träge||slow acting|
This is the charger of the SLX era. It is the simplest charger of them all. I have never used it and I never see one offered. The Charger G is unfit for charging NiMH batteries According to Mr Dieter Paepke of Paepke Fototechnik. This one is completely obsolete.
Photograph of Charger N, Rolleiflex SLX and 6000 with the socket for the connector cable to the
power interface (12V 0.5A). The black socket for ‘DC in (12V =)’ from the car
battery is invisible. The text printed in white wrongly states ‘AC in 100-240 V’.
The proper text is printed on the opposite side of the unit.
Photo ©2021 F.W. Stutterheim
I purchased my 6008i when it was a currant model. It came with a NiCad battery and a Charger N. Charger N is more sophisticated with “trickle charge”. There is no risk of over-charging. When the battery is fully charged the charger reverts to pulses rather than a continuous current. The charger works well with NiCads but the memory effect is clearly present and quite annoying especially when the camera is not in heavy use. I replaced it for the Charger C a soon as it was offered.
The Charger N knows three cases for shutting down. Case 1 is the normal situation: battery fully charged. Case 2 is after 1 hour of charging. Normally charging is completed within 1 hour. Case 3 is battery over-heated. This can happen with faulty cells.
Both my batteries are fitted with NiMH cells for years now. The Charger N was my favourite Rollei charger for charging NiMH batteries before I purchased the Charger D. It is rather straight forward with no frills and charges the NiMH battery up to 95% according to Mr Paepke to whom I turn to to replace cells. The 95% charge is reached when the charger shuts off after 1 hour. It is possible to re-start charging by removing the battery and replacing after a minute or so and charge for another 15 minutes. When charging NiMH cells the Charger N does not shut down when the battery is fully charged. I also used the Maha charger occasionally. Charging NiMH batteries is in one session and it stops when fully charged.
Photograph of Charger C, Rolleiflex SLX and 6000 with system battery. The red button is
for discharging of NiCads.
Photo ©2021 F.W. Stutterheim
The Charger C performs a status check on the battery cells before charging and also has the discharge option. The C model from 2005 is still the preferred choice for NiCad cells when it comes to “memory’ behaviour. Never the less I do not like it very much. The status check triggers control lights. I have to check the manual for their meaning all the time (red blinking = discharge, red = charging, green = fully charged, yellow = error). Quite often the thing finds a fault and refuses to charge a NiCad. I suppose there really is some fault but the Charger N happily charges the disqualified batteries anyway.
When charging a battery with NiMH cells the discharge circuit should not be used. The whole point is NiMH cells can be charged when only partly discharged. On the contrary they should not be deeply discharged. I feel that is not a real problem with System 6000 camera»s because the system will show “charge” and shuts down before that happens. The fancy control lights are useless with NiMH cells.
I feel this charger causes more (small) problems than it solves.
Photograph of Charger D, Rolleiflex SLX and 6000 with system batteries.
Photo ©2021 F.W. Stutterheim
This is the most recent charger. The charger supplies a pulsating charging current intended for modern NiMH cells. The unit consists of two parts. The power supply part is suitable for 110-240 Volt and adjusts itself automatically. The battery is placed in the separate charging station. The charging time amounts from 1h to 1h30m. The charger is suitable for NiMH as well as NiCad batteries. When charging the power supply shows a red light that turns green when the battery is fully charged. Simple and straight forward.
|Particulars||Charger G||Charger N||Charger C||Charger D|
|Identity Number||64 899||98 451|
|Power source charging unit||Mains||Mains||Converter||Converter|
|Converter||Voltage||-||-||100-250 V||100-240 V|
|Cycles||-||-||50-60 Hz||50-60 Hz|
|Input charging unit||from mains||Voltage||100-240 V1||100-240 V||-||-|
|Cycles||50-60 Hz||50-60 Hz||-||-|
|from converter||Voltage||-||-||15-18 V ⎓||No information|
|Power||-||-||min. 10 W||No information|
|Auxillary2||Voltage||-||12 V ⎓||-||-|
|Powered by car battery||No||Yes||Yes3||No information|
|Output charging unit||for charging||Voltage||15 V ⎓||15 V ⎓||15 V ⎓||No information|
|Current||650 mA||1 A||No information||No information|
|to Power interface||Voltage||-||12 V ⎓||-||-|
|Trickle charge after Rapid charging||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Designed for charging battery with||NiCad cells||NiCad cells||NiCad cells||NiMH cells|
|Optional discharge before charging (NiCad cells only!)||No||No||Yes||No|
|Capable of charging battery with other cells||No||NiMH with
The Power Interface offers power supply options for camera’s of the Rolleiflex 6000 System, allowing a wide variety of power sources to be used instead of the battery. This greatly facilitates use of the camera’s both in the studio and on location.
The Power Interface is the same size as the system battery and takes the latter’s place in the battery compartment of Rolleiflex cameras. It connects to a variety of power sources, such as the Rollei charger from the 6000 System, the Rollei 12V power-supply unit, the Rollei battery box for lithium batteries, the Mobile Power Station by Einhell or a car battery connector, to mention just a few.
The Power Interface is designed for 12 – 18 V ⎓ with a minimum of 200 mA.