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Problem with my Vamo + button help please

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  1. dmall

    dmall Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I have a V2 Vamo and have used it for 2 months. This morning, for some reason the + button does not click anymore. All it takes for the watts/volts to increase is the slightest brush against that button. Is there anyone else that has had this problem and can someone help me fix it? :(
     
  2. nahoku

    nahoku Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    The Vamo uses small "tactile" switches (similar to mouse button switches). Basically it's a round metal disc inside the switch that collapses when you press it. If the switch gets pushed too hard, the little disc can get crushed and acts like what you're describing. The switch is replaceable and probably readily available, but someone will need to get in there and disassemble the board to do it.

    Or, the disc might just be misplaced and stuck inside and not really damaged. Perhaps if you mess with it enough, you might release it and it might work again. Personally, I would try messing with it. Remove the battery so you don't cause the Vamo to go nuts.
     
  3. dmall

    dmall Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I have tried to fiddle with it but it won't change. I am so upset! Thanks for the info. I guess I will have to find someone with more experience to try to do it for me.
     
  4. dmall

    dmall Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    The switch is replaceable and probably readily available,

    where are they available?
     
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    Buckshot Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Fiddling and diddling with it ain't going to turn her on. You got to get up in them guts! :vapor:
     
  6. nahoku

    nahoku Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    "Readily available" simply means these type switches are commonly used, so you should be able to find a replacement somewhere. You'll have to hunt at electronic stores. I measure the switch at 4.56mm. Now these switches don't come in these exact sizes, so this may either be a 4.5 or 5mm switch... and I don't know which it would be.

    If you're going to fix this yourself, then you should pull the board out of the Vamo (see THIS), and take it to a electronics store to match the switch. Or call around to places like Digikey, Radio Shack, or a local electronics shop and ask them questions.

    This is what the Vamo board looks like, and you can see what the small square tactile switch looks like.

    View attachment 200963

    The other option is to buy an entire replacement board for about $21 + shipping (see THIS), or buy a new Vamo, save the old one for repair one day, or for parts. Personally, I would buy a new Vamo, then try to get the broken one repaired... but that's just me... in fact, that's the reason I can show you this photo.
     
  7. dmall

    dmall Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I just bought a new vamo and will save this one for parts, then if the new one breaks I will send both to you to fix for me, cause I haven't a clue how to do this!!!:toast:
     
  8. dmall

    dmall Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I just bought a new vamo and will save this one for parts, then if the new one breaks I will send both to you to fix for me, cause I haven't a clue how to do this!!!:toast:
     
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