Z-985 Type Reproduction Vintage Battery Boxes, Connectors, and Battery Holder Kits for Tube Zenith Trans-Oceanic, RCA Strato-World, Hallicrafters TW and Other Vintage Radios


On this Page You Will Find Everything You Need to Build a Working Battery for your Zenith Transoceanic:

  • Reproduction Vintage Battery Boxes
  • Male Battery Connectors to Mate with your Radio's OEM Connector
  • Battery Holder Kits
  • Assembly & Installation Options
  • DIY Instructions Included with Battery Box Purchase

    Zenith tube Trans-Oceanics and other vintage tube battery portable radios perform best on battery power. These batteries, called A-B batteries, provided dual voltage output. A-B batteries were used in all tube Zenith Trans-Oceanics and provided 90 volts DC (B voltage) for the tube plates and 9 volts DC (A voltage) for the tube filaments. The first Trans-Oceanic, the model 7G605, requires two D cells in addition to the Z-985 battery. We offer vintage labels for the D cells. Two models, the 8G005 series and the 600 series, require a 1.5 volt Z-1 battery in addition to the Z-985 battery. We offer a reproduction Z-1 battery for those models.

    Our reproduction boxes measure approximately 13-1/2" long x 4-1/2" wide x 2-3/4" high. Interior dimensions are 13" x 4-3/8" x 2-1/2". The box will hold six 5x2 AA holders and two 3x1 D cell holders. Ten 9-volt cells can be substituted for the 60 AA cells. 9-volt snap connectors can be purchased at Radio Shack. Slight variations in dimensions and appearance may occur as these are handmade items. Trans-Oceanic battery compartments vary in size from model to model and within models due to variations in construction. Check interior dimensions of your battery compartment before ordering to make sure your battery will fit.

    All items are handmade upon receipt of an order. Battery boxes are made from new 1/8" cardboard. Labels are printed on Epson archival photographic papers using Epson Ultrachrome inks. Allow up to one week for construction after placing order.

    To assemble a working battery to fit in the box, you will need to purchase a box, a connector, and battery holder kit, or use a power pack such as Jim Poitivient's "abbattery" or one of the other battery packs available on eBay. We improve our products on an ongoing basis. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

    Battery holders and connectors are available separetely. You can also purchase your battery assembled and ready to use. See below. Batteries are not included. We recommend high quality alkaline cells for best performance in your battery.

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    Type AA Replica Battery Boxes

    Use these boxes to build your own working batteries for your tube Zenith Trans-Oceanic as shown in photo at left. Includes full instructions to build your battery. To assemble a working battery for your radio, you will need a box, a connector, and battery holders. Below, you will find a choice of reproduction boxes and suggestions for matching to your radio model.

    You will also need a male connector, which you can purchase here (see below) or build your own. You may also use an original connector from an old battery if you have one.

    Battery holders may be purchased here or from Allied Radio, Mouser, or other online vendors. Batteries are NOT included.

    The Type AA box also works well with many other battery power supplies available on eBay or other online vendors, such as the kit shown above right. You can also just place the box in your Trans-Oceanic as a dummy battery.


    Reproduction Zenith Z-985 WWII era battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Style used in WWII era Sailboat or Bomber Trans-Oceanics (Model 7G605). May also be used in the 6G601 Zenith Universal companion radio (check battery compartment size before ordering).
    $24.95 + S&H


    Powering a 7G605? Check the Product Menu for vintage flashlight battery labels for your supplementary batteries.

    Reproduction Zenith Z-985 Early Style battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Style used from the Post-War period through the early 1950's. Recommended for Models 7G605, 8G005 series, G500, and early H500 Trans-Oceanics.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Zenith Z-985 Late Style Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. This battery style dates from the early fifties until discontinued. Can be used for any Trans-Oceanic radio, recommended for 600 series Transoceanics.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Hallicrafters P999 battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect match for your Hallicrafters TW-1000 or TW-2000.
    $24.95 + S&H

    Looking for a reproduction battery for your TW-500? See the Farm Battery page for the Hallicrafters P1000 battery box for the TW-500

    Reproduction RCA VS-047 battery box 1950's Era Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. A perfect match for you RCA Strato-World 3-BX-671.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction RCA VS-047 battery box 1960's Era Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. A perfect match for you RCA Strato-World 3-BX-671.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Eveready 752 battery box Type AA. National Carbon Product (Early)
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect for use with any vintage portable using a NEDA 400 size 90v/9v AB battery.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Eveready 752 battery box Type AA. Union Carbide Product (Late)
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect for use with any vintage portable using a NEDA 400 size 90v/9v AB battery.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Burgess G6B60 battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect for use with any vintage portable using a NEDA 400 size 90v/9v AB battery.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Ray-O-Vac A400 battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect for use with any vintage portable using a NEDA 400 size 90v/9v AB battery.
    $24.95 + S&H



    Reproduction Sears Silvertone No. 6401 battery box Type AA
    Use for making your own working battery or as a dummy battery. Perfect for use with any tube Trans-Oceanic or vintage portable using a NEDA 400 size 90v/9v AB battery.
    $24.95 + S&H




    Reproduction Male Battery Connector for all tube Trans-Oceanics, RCA Strato-World, and Hallicrafters TW Portables

    Use this male connector with one of the Type AA boxes above to build a working battery. Installs in your reproduction battery box (for best results, use hot glue), and accepts your radio's orginal female connector for an authentic connection, just like the original. This connector may also be used with certain farm and smaller portable tube radio boxes sold on our Farm Battery page. Check your radio's OEM connector to be sure. All connectors come pre-wired with four 6" leads. Blue wire for B+, red for A+, yellow for B- and black for A- leads (photo shows early version connector with common ground lead). Made from PVC plastic. Comes with full instructions on wiring and installation. We'll hot glue your connector in your box for an additional $5.00 (available only with purchase of a male connector and Type AA box at the same time).




    Male Battery Connector
    $12.95 + S&H

    Installed in Type AA Box
    (Requires Purchase of Connector and Type AA Box)
    add $5.00



    Battery Holder Kit for Type AA Boxes

    Kit contains six 5x2 AA battery holders and two 3x1 D battery holders to make a working 9-volt/90-volt AB battery as shown in photo at right. Fits in any of the Type AA boxes above. Box, male battery connector, and batteries are not included. Please order box of your choice and male battery connector separately. Battery holders come with 6" leads, and must be connected in series. Completed battery requires 60 AA cells and six D cells. Typically this battery will provide more than 400 hours of use depending upon length of use and volume setting. Full instructions are included with the purchase of a Type AA box or visit our Resource Page. Please note that pricing on this item is subject is subject to change without notice based on supplier pricing. The kit may also be purchased assembled and installed in your box for an additional fee of $25.00 (see below).
    Please email if you have any questions about the purchases of battery kits and/or assembled kits.


    Battery Holder Kit for Type AA Box
    (Requires purchase of a Type AA box)
    $23.90 + S&H





    Battery Holder Kit Without Type AA Box Purchase
    $32.50 + S&H





    Battery Holder Kit Assembled and Installed in Type AA Box (Requires purchase of Battery Holder Kit for Type AA Box, any Type AA box from the list above, and male battery connector with installation above)

    Assembly & Installation fee is for labor only:

    Add $25.00




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