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maxpotapov 01-24-2013 08:55 AM

Babolat Tungsten Tape
 
Look what they got on TWE:
http://tw.babolat.com/product/tennis.../balancer-tape
http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.co...CBABH-BBT.html
Finally I can do customization without health hazard for my 3 y.o. who likes to play with all my racquets.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungsten

El Zed 01-24-2013 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by maxpotapov (Post 7157996)
Look what they got on TWE:
http://tw.babolat.com/product/tennis.../balancer-tape
http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.co...CBABH-BBT.html
Finally I can do customization without health hazard for my 3 y.o. who likes to play with all my racquets.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungsten

At twice the density of lead, tungsten could be rather fun in hyper-customizations...

SELFMADESOUL 01-24-2013 09:44 AM

I've used the tungsten putty in the handle to great results- glad to see they finally made it into a tape format for use elsewhere! Great find-

maxpotapov 01-24-2013 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by SELFMADESOUL (Post 7158174)
I've used the tungsten putty in the handle to great results- glad to see they finally made it into a tape format for use elsewhere! Great find-

Yep, that's a really good news!

THE FIGHTER 01-24-2013 03:31 PM

i waited all my life for this.

cork_screw 01-24-2013 09:41 PM

Thank god. I hate lead. I could be holding my racquet then take a bite of some fries and don't want to worry about cancer related issues. That's one of the reasons why I never used lead tape, it's a health risk. Cancer is something not to take lightly.

maxpotapov 01-24-2013 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by cork_screw (Post 7160242)
Thank god. I hate lead. I could be holding my racquet then take a bite of some fries and don't want to worry about cancer related issues. That's one of the reasons why I never used lead tape, it's a health risk. Cancer is something not to take lightly.

Yeah, it was ridiculous how in the age of environmental awareness and eco-friendly materials this particular sector of sports and recreation industry was pushing reels and reels of PURE LEAD onto consumers, for fitness sake...:shock:

[d]ragon 01-24-2013 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by THE FIGHTER (Post 7159359)
i waited all my life for this.

Quoted for truth. It's pretty hard finding racquets that play well in stock form. Hopefully they start selling this stuff in the States soon (a silver colored one would be nice.)

EDIT: It seems tungsten can be somewhat toxic. Still looking into it

Absolute 01-24-2013 11:13 PM

Hopefully they will sell them in rolls instead of pre-cut

maxpotapov 01-25-2013 05:02 AM

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Originally Posted by [d]ragon (Post 7160297)
Quoted for truth. It's pretty hard finding racquets that play well in stock form. Hopefully they start selling this stuff in the States soon (a silver colored one would be nice.)

EDIT: It seems tungsten can be somewhat toxic. Still looking into it

The research is underway, whereas lead is a proven cancerogen. In any case it can not be as bad as lead, and it is much less expensive than platinum :)

maxpotapov 01-25-2013 05:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Absolute (Post 7160412)
Hopefully they will sell them in rolls instead of pre-cut

I think they purposely sell it in odd number, 3x3g stripes, so that we buy two packs at a time. I hope competition catches up. Where is green technologies "inspired by nature" when you need them?

newyorkstadium 01-25-2013 06:07 AM

Is it the same thickness as lead tape? If it was 3x the thickness, it would make sense that it's 3x as heavy.

maxpotapov 01-25-2013 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by El Zed (Post 7158037)
At twice the density of lead, tungsten could be rather fun in hyper-customizations...

Quote:

Originally Posted by newyorkstadium (Post 7163221)
Is it the same thickness as lead tape? If it was 3x the thickness, it would make sense that it's 3x as heavy.

It's probably 1.5 times as thick

georgeyew 01-25-2013 06:33 AM

If it was 2x the density of lead, the tungsten tape should be 1/2 as thick compared to the lead tape (assuming the same weight).

maxpotapov 01-25-2013 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by georgeyew (Post 7163320)
If it was 2x the density of lead, the tungsten tape should be 1/2 as thick compared to the lead tape (assuming the same weight).

Question was regarding given length of the stripes, if I understood correctly.

newyorkstadium 01-25-2013 06:53 AM

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Originally Posted by georgeyew (Post 7163320)
If it was 2x the density of lead, the tungsten tape should be 1/2 as thick compared to the lead tape (assuming the same weight).

Thanks. I missed that.

Babolat Official 01-25-2013 07:13 AM

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Originally Posted by newyorkstadium (Post 7163409)
Thanks. I missed that.

We'll have more info in the next couple months as it is released in the US.

The Meat 01-25-2013 09:49 AM

Just did some math on the cost of Tungsten vs Lead.

3*3g would mean you get 9g for a pack for 5 euros
72" * .125g would mean you also get 9g for a pack for 6.15 euros

So in U.S dollars that's 6.74 for tungsten vs 8.29 for lead for a pack for 9g of weight. There could be some serious savings if they offer Tungsten around the same price for the U.S stores.

Edit:
Getting a percentage for the price, it's 81.3% of the price of lead if you buy Tungsten.
However for some reason the Tourna in the U.S 72" of lead is 1 gram for 4", so that's 18g per package. Is our lead tape heavier?

SELFMADESOUL 01-25-2013 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Babolat Official (Post 7163494)
We'll have more info in the next couple months as it is released in the US.

Thanks for confirming there will be a US release- that was gong to be my next question.

Federerkblade 01-25-2013 12:40 PM

seriously do we need to be careful when handling lead tape


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