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American Enhances Battery-Powered Changers; New Version's Hopper Capacity Increases 320%

Posted On: 12/17/2006

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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- American Changer Corp. said it has modified the size and design of its battery-powered bill changer line to increase capacity and improve performance. The third generation of a series, the design of the new AC401 is based on feedback from operators' experiences in the field.

"We believe that with this new model, the battery-powered bill changer has been perfected," said American Changer's Wayne Snihur.

Height, width and depth measurements of the newest version's cabinet housing have been increased by only 1 in. to accommodate a larger coin hopper, which can hold 1,600 quarters, or $400, compared with the previous, smaller model's capacity of 500 quarters, or $125. The new dimensions are 191⁄2 ins. high x 91⁄2 ins. wide x 111⁄2 ins. deep. To meet the special needs of the AC401, the changer company is manufacturing its own hopper, designed to run on 12V. power.

The new changer will feature improved electronics and battery power. Snihur reports that the machine's new long-lasting, rechargeable 12V. battery -- available as an option -- has a design life of 12 to 14 weeks, compared with its predecessors' four- to six-week life cycle. The new standard battery, Snihur said, can last eight to 10 weeks.

"The long battery life lends peace of mind to operators who may deploy these changers in locations that are serviced once every two or three months," he noted

The battery-powered changer, which has won acclaim for its ability to operate in bulk vending and kiosk environments where electrical outlets are not in close proximity, will be offered in black and red bodies. The standard model is equipped with Pyramid Technologies' new Trilogy banknote validator, which will be set to accept $1 and $5 bills; an optional changer machine version will feature a Trilogy with note stacker. Other options include additional extended-life and standard batteries and an AC power adapter, which can charge the battery when plugged in.

American introduced its battery-operated changer line in the fall of 2004, and the equipment has since gone through several improvement stages to meet growing demand. The original model was engineered to operate using a combination of mechanical and battery power to preserve power: once a bill was verified and accepted, it fired a solenoid that pushed out the vending button. The customer then pushed the button back in to complete manually the vend cycle. The bill acceptor went into a "sleep" mode when not in use. Unlike the original AC300B, the newer models, which includes the AC400B introduced a year ago, do not require the patron to reset a "vending button" to complete the cycle. Economy is also central to the line's design, and the new AC401 with standard equipment has a price tag of $495.

When developing battery-powered equipment, the changer manufacturer expected the design to be widely embraced by operators in all types of coin machine markets. However, it's in the bulk vending space where these changers are mostly being deployed, aiding operators with the growing movement toward $1 vend prices. Today, several machine manufacturers offer machine racks that accommodate the changer.

"Operators are telling us that the addition of a bill changer in a bulk vending installation can lift sales between 28% and 31%," Snihur reported. "We've listened to operators and other industry authorities, and we have looked at every issue, from capacity and battery life to design and costs, and believe we now have a flawless solution."

American Changer Corp. designs and markets a variety of coin and banknote changers, as well as token, ticket and card dispensing machines. Information can be had from the company by emailing to It's headquartered at 1400 NW 65th Pl., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, tel. (800) 741-9840.