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Need a hobbyist electronics shop in Toronto
December 23, 2012 1:23 PM   Subscribe

Where in Toronto can I buy small cylindrical rechargeable 3.7V Li-ion batteries like the UltraFire, hopefully at a reasonable price? (or maybe they were 3.6V, I can't recall)

I made a little electronic thing for a Christmas present, bought the batteries at a hobbyist shop in Vancouver where I live (the kind of place that sells Arduinos and such), currently home with the present in Toronto and I'm pretty sure one of the batteries is bad. Sometime in the next week while I'm in town I want to buy a new set of batteries. No time to have it shipped so I have to buy local. I'm based near Bloor/Ossington at the moment but can travel. Thanks.
posted by PercussivePaul to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
 
Active Surplus off of Queen and Spadina downtown would almost certainly have it, and for a reasonable price - give them a call to check.
posted by artificialard at 1:56 PM on December 23, 2012


Active can be hit or miss when you need that one thing since it's all surplus.

There's also Creatron, on College just east of Spadina, and Sayal which has a few locations that are not very downtown.

Or the Home Hardware on College just west of Spadina (which recently moved to the old Factory Direct space), which by virtue of being in Computer Shop Row there has an electronics parts selection reminiscent of 1980s Radio Shack.
posted by mendel at 3:09 PM on December 23, 2012


A decent-sized hobby shop with RC gear will have lots and lots of Li-ion batteries in many different shapes and capacities. Can't give you specific recommendations as to a Toronto-based storefront, but that kind of store is where I'd take my wallet if I had your need.
posted by seanmpuckett at 3:38 PM on December 23, 2012


Seconding College Home Hardware, which I think absorbed an electronics shop at some point. If they don't have it, they'll know who will. Incredibly helpful folks in there.

Poke the nerds over at hacklab while you're in the neighborhood. ;)
posted by Myself at 8:50 PM on December 23, 2012


The Home Hardware on College was marvelous, a first class electronics shop that has no business calling itself a Home Hardware! :)

They had some of these batteries but not the model I wanted, and I didn't make it to the other shops, but oh well. Thanks.
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:29 PM on January 23, 2013


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