Old 02-03-2017, 03:04 PM #209
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Default Re: Remember to exercise those argons!

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So much for that. It flat out refuses to start. Let it warm for 20 minutes and nothing. Just ticks away. Have to mess with it this weekend and see if I can get it to fire again.
Unless the PSU or starter board is pooched, may be time for an Oudin coil.

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I did mine last week
I have moved house since my last post and the Argon is now mounted on a trolley that I wheel out every now and again.

I went through a quadcopter drone stage for a while, and I'm currently doing glasswork in the garage and setting up a high vacuum system to evacuate glass tubes.
I like the trolley idea, I'll need to do that when I eventually get a bigger place!

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Default Re: Remember to exercise those argons!

Hmm. I don't get this. It worked fine less than a week ago and fired on the second or third pulse after warming for maybe 2-3 minutes at most then ran fine for an hour. It's lasing for a split second on each pulse so it's not like the tube suddenly sprung a leak and degassed. Guess it's time to go search for quack "medical" shops on fleabay and find a cheap "violet wand" to zap it with. Guess I could try my other PSU with it for grins and giggles but I highly doubt that's the issue.


edit: Wow. I left it plugged in for probably 45 minutes and after trying several times decided to try it once more because it was starting to give off the "hot" burning dust smell and it finally fired after about the 6th pulse. After the blower brings the temp down a bit I'm going to run it at about 7.5A for a good hour or so.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:14 AM #211
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It's easier to run than to start, It might just be really low on gas/have a worn filiment. how many hours are on it, and what's the max output it can do?
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It's got a ton of hours on it. About 9k IIRC when I looked. I also noticed at idle it was doing 1mw and at 10A only 10mw when it used to do about 5mw and 40-42. I think sadly it may be getting close to EOL but seeing as I paid all of $90 for it I wouldn't be too upset if that's the case.
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Sounds like its well beyond EOL if that's the case. it's out of gas.
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