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Old 02-19-2011, 06:22 AM #1
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Default flexdrive fried!

I dont have clue what i did wrong, hooked it up to my test load and set it, did simple wiring battery - driver - diode then all of a sudden white poof and smoke! I dont have a clue what happened! Ive built plenty of lasers with flexdrives before. No issues.


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Could you tell where the poof came from?
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Photos (macro) of the circuit & diode would help enormously.
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I dont have a good camera. My cell phone is the only camera i have but its 2MP
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I dont have a good camera. My cell phone is the only camera i have but its 2MP
You should invest in a good point and shoot camera. They don't cost much nowadays < a good laser.
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Yeah but im only 16 so I dont make much money. All the money i do make goes into this hobby!
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Default Re: flexdrive fried!

How fixable are 'fried' flexdrives? I have 2 that could use repair if it's something worth considering (?)

1 of them was placed in circuit backwards (me=idiot) and simply doesn't register anything on the dmm when tested. Same result as OP except I didn't have the unlucky smoke 'poof'. I have a V5 also with a 'detached' phillips screw head that came off the pot...

I can take macro pics of both drives if it helps or if it could help bhwollen in this case.
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Yeah but im only 16 so I dont make much money. All the money i do make goes into this hobby!
Last year I was 17 and made minimum wage at an amusement park (summer job). haha i bought a camera, gps, new cell phone, lasers, food (wayy overpriced), and still saved half of every paycheck haha but yeah, it really is a good investment to look into. If you want to get one, just pm me with a max price and maybe some key things you'd want in it and I might be able to help recommend a couple.
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