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Old 02-03-2009, 04:56 PM #1
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Default Aww hell. *New 5mw greenie dead. ***fixed**

My 5 mw greenie died today. *Not sure why. *I've only had it for 2-3 weeks. *Probably used it a total of 1hr. *This morning, as I was headed to work at 6AM, I pulled it out of the center console. *I put it under my leg in the seat to warm it up a minute or 2. *Then turned it on. *It hesitated, then came on - maybe at half power. *I turned it off and back on, and it was fine. *I played w/ it for 15-20 seconds and sat it down. *Picked it back up and it was weak again for a few seconds, then dead. *Never came back on.

What's the likely culprit? *I bought it from a fairly reputable dealer (Meritline) where I buy a lot of computer stuff.


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Try replacing the batteries.

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Batt's test at 1.45v each. Is that enough to keep it from lighting at all???
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Did you test them under load? They are driving a pump diode which takes between 200 and 300ma, it does not take long for the batteries to sag.

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Well, I tried new batteries. That wasn't it. It's dead. :-/
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Default Re: Aww hell. *New 5mw greenie dead. *WTF?

If it isn't the batteries I would try contacting the vendor to try for a replacement. I am not trying to insult your inteligence here...did you put the batteries in the right way round? Negative to the front of the pointer is opposite to almost any other battery powered flashlight or laser.

Is there a chance that when you put it under your leg that you pressed the button? A bit unlikely to be the reason I know, a couple of minutes being switched on would not exceed the duty cycle (I have run 5mw greens for a couple of hours constantly with no problem).

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If it isn't the batteries I would try contacting the vendor to try for a replacement. I am not trying to insult your inteligence here...did you put the batteries in the right way round? Negative to the front of the pointer is opposite to almost any other battery powered flashlight or laser.

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No, I put them in + to the front. I think I stupidly trashed the box it came in and the receipt. Guess I have my first spare parts!!

It's not the end of the world. I've got a 50mw on the way. I had a few good weeks with it.
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Cheap laser? I sure hope so, and anyways, you will be sure to enjoy the 50mw

My x-25 got busted after someone twisted the top of the pen, twisting the diode connections I believe. That sucked. At least I got all kinds of reductions + an even more overspec laser ( my new x-25 comes in at about 41mW peak!!)
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Cheap laser? I sure hope so, and anyways, you will be sure to enjoy the 50mw

My x-25 got busted after someone twisted the top of the pen, twisting the diode connections I believe. That sucked. At least I got all kinds of reductions + an even more overspec laser ( my new x-25 comes in at about 41mW peak!!)
Yeah, it was on sale for $19.99 shipped. I still can't help but wonder if keeping it in my car where the night temp has been hitting 20-30 F regularly lately, then bringing it in and using it didn't kill it early. Maybe took a toll on the electronics? Who knows???
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Uhhhh... please move this thread from the Tutorials, Help & Repairs section to the newbie-get-a-clue section.

:-[ I'm extremely embarresed. THANK YOU rog8811 for sticking with me and realizing I was NOT being sarcastic. I actually was putting the batteries in backwards. :-[ :-[

It's working fine. Not sure what caused it to quit working to start with, because I still have the same batteries in. But now they are in correctly.
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