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W-A71900 - Lithium Ion Rechargeable Handle by Welch Allyn

3.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Size: W/ AC Charging Module

Welch Allyn 3.5v Lithium Ion Smart Handle W/Ac Adapter (71900)

Product Details

Size: W/ AC Charging Module
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00082FFSC
  • UPC: 682858253908
  • Item model number: 71900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,478 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)

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DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT! This Lithium Ion Welch Allyn item is overpriced plastic junk that will be completely disposable when the battery dies and only takes a partial charge or fails to take any charge. Works great for a while, but these batteries only last so many charges before failure. Then you have a $275 piece of trash.

I purchased this new when I started Medical School, and hardly used it until 3rd year. Battery failure in less than 4 years of usage and fewer than 50 charge cycles. Warranty? Battery only warranted for 2 years from date of manufacture, not the date of purchase! As seen in the paperwork that comes with it:
http://www.welchallyn.com/documents/EENT/Power%20Handles,%20Sources%20&%20Wall%20Units/Li%20-%20ION%20Handle/usermanual_20100514_lithiumhandle.pdf

Stick with Welch Allyn metal handles, then just replace the reasonably priced nickel cadmium battery inside.
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I've owned two of these now and both have broken. The first one has an intermittent on-off switch and the second has had a failure in the spring that holds the head on tight.

I can't see how to disassemble them to fix either.

Most Welch Allyn stuff is much sturdier than this
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Bought this handle and the silver 3.5 V Nickel-Cadmium Rechargeable handle my first year of medical school. Now, my intern year, the lithium battery has died. I called customer service and they had me unscrew the top to find an expiration date that had expired. They then refused to discuss any possibility of repair and wanted to sell me another handle. I don't know how long you plan to practice medicine, but not even getting one year of use after medical school is poor design. The 3.5 V Nickel-Cadmium Rechargeable Handle is much better and you can always use the C batteries which come in handy on mission trips.

I expected better support from Welch-Allyn. I was not pleased with them taking advantage of a short expiration date and using it as a sales tactic.
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I purchased this in 2010 from the local Welch Allyn Rep, not from Amazon. It worked great for a year, and then it began to lose its ability to hold a charge. If left plugged in it would run great for about 30 minutes of usage before dying out, even less if paired with the PanOptic. Ater just two years it would not hold a charge for even two days. In other words, unless I leave it plugged into the wall all the time it's always dead when I try to use and even if I leave it plugged in continuously I can only use it for about 5-10 patient exams before it dies out. This is junk. The old school silver ones that everyone uses still seem to be the best. But since I travel a lot I'm going to try and find one that takes alkaline batteries so that I don't have to keep it plugged in. Don't waste your money on this. But the old school silver one that has replaceable NiCad batteries, and get an extra battery with it. You'll be glad you did.
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The ophthalmoscope great when it's working.However after test it on a few patients and in less than 3 months the light of the ophthalmoscope stopped working. I changed the light bulb but still THE same problem. Its really shame.
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I was very disappointed with my purchase and the seller. The product is very poorly constructed and didn't hold its own weight. Everything is loose and falling apart, literally. I guess the saying "you get what you pay for" isn't always true.
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Many people say that this product is weak. However, I have used the same handle for over 5 years and I LOVE IT!!! It has never broken, the batteries last as long today as it did in the beginning, but I do let it run down before I charge it. I have never had a problem with it breaking. I now have 3 and we have 3 audiologists using them and all three of us love it. It is so much lighter in weight than the Nickel Cadmium battery. I won't ever go back.
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I've had mine for 15 years and a significant portion of that has been in non-clinic situations (medical missions, etc). It finally started acting strange this week. At $10 a year, that's a pretty great deal.
The on/off switch (rheostat) went bad once, and Welch-Allyn replaced it for free.
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