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Battery Radio Tube Store
The tubes listed here are later model radio tubes (1940's and later tubes).
For older "G" style battery radio tubes see our
"G" Style Radio Tube Listings .
Also check out our
Space Charge Low Voltage Radio Vacuum Tube Listings .
Battery radio tubes are designed to be highly efficent. The heaters are typically at 1.4 volts or 2.8 volts to operate
from one or two "D" sized batteries (typically referred to as the "A" battery. The plates are typically designed to
operate at 67 volts to 95 volts, which is derived from the "B" battery. Typically the batteries used were 47 volts and 67 volts.
In some cases a third "C" battery is used for biasing, but this is less common. While regular tubes have a heater rated
at 150mA to 500mA, Battery radio tubes are normally operated at 20mA to 50mA of heater current. That can extend battery life significantly.
Power output battery tubes are usually around 100mA to 150mA of heater current in order to provide the electron flow needed to operate a speaker.
The plate supply and bias supplies are much lower current draw. Usually the "B" batteries last three to four times the "A" batteries.
The draw on the "C" bias batteries is usually in the microamp range which means that the batteries would often last nearly as long as
the shelf life of the battery.
When considering a tube project that will be operated from batteries, a Battery radio tube should be the first tube type
you should consider. If you have lots of portable power available (such as in a car), consider looking at a
space charge tube
Space charge tubes draw heavy on heater current, but only need 12 volts for plate operation thus eliminating the need for
an additional high voltage plate power supply.
For more information on space charge tubes see
Space Charge Tubes
A listing of space charge tubes we have available can be found here:
Our Space Charge Tube List
You can find the listing of subminiature tubes we have available here:
Our Subminiature Tube List
You can find the listing of preoctal tubes we have available here:
Vintage Preoctal and Globe/Balloon vacuum tube listings
You can find the listing of older ST octal tubes we have available here:
"G" Style Radio tube listings
Be sure to see our
Audio tube listings
for more audio and rectifier tubes.
Battery Radio Tubes - Miniature
Battery Radio Tubes - Loctal (Loktal) and Octal
| Type: 1AB6, 1AC6, DK92, 1AH5, DAF96, 1AE4, 1AF4, 1AF5, 1AJ4, DF96, 1DN5, 1L4, 1L6, 1R5, VT-171, 1S4, VT-210, 1S5, VT-172
| Type: 1T4, VT-173, 1U4, 1U5, 1U6, 1W4, 399B, 1634, 5910
| Type: 3A4, 3A5, 3B4, DL98, 3Q4, VT-264, 3S4, VT-174, 3V4
| Type: 1LA4, 1LA6, 1LG5, 1LH4, VT-177, 1R4, 1294, VT-183
| Type: 1LC5, 1LC6, VT-178, 1H5, 1N5
| Type: 1LB4, 1LD5, 1LE3, VT-239, 1LN5, VT-179, 3C6/XXB, 3D6/1299, VT-185
| Type: 1A5, VT-124, 1A7, VT-147, 1B7
| Type: 1C5, VT-125, 1D8, VT-148, 1G4, 1G5
| Type: 1G6, 1J6, 1P5, 1Q5, 1SA6, 1T5
| Type: 1H5, VT-223, 1N5, VT-146
| Type: 3A8, 3B5, 3E6, 3LF4, 3Q5, VT-221
How To Order:
Purchasing our Battery Radio tubes is easy.
Click on the desired link above to find the tubes you need.
Then just send us an email indicating the tubes (including quantities) you want.
We will let you know the total price including shipping and handling.
Shipping and Handling Information
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Due to the highly volatile nature of the tube business, all Prices are subject to change without notice.
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