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Keeping Your Center Post Shiny Clean

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  1. gimmieshelter31

    gimmieshelter31 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 26, 2011
    Baltimore,MD
    I have had experiences with my menu not reading resistance correctly and my vape feeling a bit weak at times due to dirty connections. I used the ball point pen and alcohol dipped q tip to clean the positive electrical contact inside and it worked well. However, the brass post in the 510 connection didn't clean up as well. I scraped it with a small screwdriver the first time but didn't really like the results. Now what I do is tear off a small piece of melamine foam aka Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and use it dry (no need to wet it) and rub around on the pin with the pen cap (the part that clips to a shirt. BAM!!! Shiny. This stuff works good on springs and battery ends,charger contacts, etc.
     
  2. Tibby

    Tibby Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 10, 2012
    Oakley, Ca.
    About how long were you using the Provari before you cleaned the spring and inner contact? Just wondering if it something done frequently or once in a while. Magic erasers are magic!
     
  3. Dana A

    Dana A Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Iowa
    They sell a fiberglass tipped pen at radio shack that is just for cleaning oxidized connections and it will make that post look like new in 3 seconds. My Provari post was so bad that my Provari would not fire every time I hit it and I used this pen to clean it and WOW what a difference it made. Its also plenty long enough to reach the battery post inside. Hope this helps. It was nearly 8 bux but it will last forever and blows Q tips outta the water.
     
  4. Dana A

    Dana A Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Iowa
    I used mine for about 4 months before I had a problem. Now I do it about once a month.
     
  5. Dana A

    Dana A Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Iowa
    I never thought about the magic eraser! That's a great idea too. Just use a little piece of it stuffed into the end of an empty ink pen.
     
  6. gimmieshelter31

    gimmieshelter31 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 26, 2011
    Baltimore,MD
    For me, about 2 1/2 mos. before needing contacts cleaned.
     
  7. Shahzh

    Shahzh Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 3, 2012
    Malaysia
    Is this the one? I have this, but I used it to touch up my watches, specially those with brush finished casing.

    http://www.brandsport.com/bdgr-127.html
     
  8. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    I use a Cratex Rod on the Center Pin every 3 weeks or so.

    Brings back that Factory New look in a few seconds.
     
  9. DPLongo22

    DPLongo22 Open mind for a different view... Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 17, 2011
    Midworld
    I might be over-killing, but I clean ours once a week. Just some 99% alcohol, long wooden q-tips, and occasional Noalox on the threads (when needed). All available relatively cheap on Amazon.
     
  10. Bempathetic

    Bempathetic Senior Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    I'm going to have to do this soon for the first time, flooded it pretty bad yesterday :( I've only had mine for a few weeks, it's not shiny in there anymore.
     
  11. SupplyDaddy

    SupplyDaddy I'm considered a Mad Scientist in some circles! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2012
    San Antonio, Texas
    Reinventing the wheel...

    A pencil with an eraser on the end. I prefer mechanical pencils with the white erasers. Sorry if this is Old tech.. they use to teach this stuff to kids in high-school electronic shops back in the 70's.....
     
  12. Braddahbill

    Braddahbill Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 18, 2012
    Hawaii
  13. dingo1799

    dingo1799 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 16, 2012
    IL
    a toothpick or q-tip cotton stem broken off in a dremel tool with some simichrome polish will make the center pin shine like a diamond in a goats ... in about 2.3 seconds, and wont remove any significant amount of metal in the process :D
     
  14. mrwilliams2

    mrwilliams2 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 30, 2012
    Greenville, NC
    Are diamonds in a goats ... shiny? Can you see that in the wild? :)
     
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