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Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby mike boss » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:37 pm

I remember back in the day my rich cousin had one of these.
I've loved this toy since I was a kid. Always on the look out.....never quite able to track one down.
Finally tho I did ! $80 near complete in box. Only thing missing is the charger.

I'm looking for a 6VDC, 400mA with a negative center pin charger... tried eBay. Found similar specs, but nothing about the center pin.
I've also found replacement batteries locally (Scarborough) for about $15. None currently in stock, but I hope to pick up 2 in the next week or so.

Robot is in good shape, small crack on the dome & a small broken area on the arm that I can easily glue.

All in all very happy with this lil guy.

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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby tekkaraiden » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:30 am

You could use a voltmeter/multimeter to determine if the center tip is positive or negative. If you find a positive tip you could always reverse the wires to make it a negative one.

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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby mike boss » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:51 pm

I tracked down some replacement batteries in Scarborough.
Very reasonable, about $15 or so. Sadly they were not in stock when I went today.
I'll need to go next week.
Still haven't tracked down or tackled the charger issue..... but I will !
My son is in love with this guy....always wants to go downstairs and see the "robot."
Once he sees it ripping around the basement I'm sure its game on!
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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby menace » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:42 am

Regarding your battery I just revived a 4 yr old dead SLA battery using distilled water..I did it more as an experiment but it went from a 1.1V battery to a 6.3 volt battery--so if you can't find a new battery that fits, you might be able to revive this one (plenty of youtube vids about it--don't add salt though!)

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Postby nes_pimp » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:20 pm

I've never heard of this toy, but it looks pretty awesome

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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby mike boss » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:45 pm

This toy rocks..

I still need to go get the battery.
I haven't been diligent in my quest for a charger.
Soooo busy these days.

None the less it looks cool as f**k on display !
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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby OTTOgd » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:44 pm

Pretty neat. I remember kinda wanting one of these as a kid. Who didn't???

But I think they were expensive; supposedly ~$250 in '84 (http://www.robotsandcomputers.com/robots/omnibot.htm).

Awesome reference: http://www.theoldrobots.com/omnibot.html


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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby mike boss » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:23 pm

I haven't had much time to work on or play with the Omnibot.
I'm still trying to track down a charger for it.... no luck yet !
I picked up a new battery the other day in Scarborough.
I had been to the store a few times, but they were never in stock.
Anyway I finally managed to get the battery. I didn't want to hack the old barrel connector off the old one.
So I ordered some replacement ones off Ebay. I don't think I'd ever sell the Omnibot, but I still would like to keep it as original as possible.
Anyway, I got the barrel connector and added some quick connects to it (pictured).

Today I put 4 brand new AA batteries in the remote, but the remote is not working ! #$%^ !!!!!! --- This is something I won't be able to fix.
I put the new battery in the Omnibot, and I got that electrical burn smell. The LED display worked, so I know the bot works....but that smell !
When I opened the bot to take out the battery it seemed like the wires were slightly melted. I have no idea why that may be.
I'm kinda at a loss.

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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby RayB » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:31 am

Did you triple check you got the polarity right when adding the connector? (not by matching wire colors, but by measuring voltage)
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Re: Scored an Omnibot.... Whooo!

Postby mike boss » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:11 pm

Honestly. I didn't.
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