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Little itty bitty mods under $100.

Discussion in 'VV/VW APV Discussion' started by Katdarling, Jan 9, 2015.

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  1. Kent C

    Kent C ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 12, 2009
    NW Ohio US
    Joy to all...

     
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  2. englishmick

    englishmick Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm pretty sure it's not the battery. I got one earlier this year and there was no way I could get the battery out with my fingers. The cutaways at the side of the battery are too small to get a good grip. Just got another in a sale this month for $20 and the battery comes out no problem. Same batteries, HG2's. The difference is the amount of force it takes to compress the spring at the neg end.

    I've seen a few people report this, most don't have a problem at all.

    With the first one for a while I used to lever up the pos end of the battery with the side of the battery door, but that was messing with the wrap. I saw a tip here somewhere that worked for me. Use a utility knife and cut away the raised plastic ring around the positive terminal. It's soft plastic and easy to cut. You only have to do the side that faces out, then the battery slips right out sideways without having to push it up. Worth doing because it's a good mod otherwise.

    Maybe they realized there was a problem and started using a less powerful spring, maybe the spring doesn't seat properly sometimes. Who knows. I would take it apart and try to figure it out but I have no idea how to open it up. There are no screws. Maybe it's glued up.
     
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  3. DancingHeretik

    DancingHeretik Dancing in the Chaos Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
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  4. misswish1

    misswish1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 24, 2014
    NM
    Merry Christmas to you all!
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  5. gerrymi

    gerrymi Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    The 'Burgh, PA.

    Since I don't possess the Computer Artistry Skills of Uncle...I'll just say to ALL...

    Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!!!

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  6. Katdarling

    Katdarling Blinged mods and poli-TIX ready! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 25, 2011
    Utopia
    And....

     
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  7. bigbob2322

    bigbob2322 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2014
    Schiller PK IL USA
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  8. vaper1960

    vaper1960 Ultra Member

    Apr 24, 2019
    California, US
    This thread has been around awhile. With all the sales and clearance stuff maybe it should be renamed "Little itty bitty mods under $30" ;)
     
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  9. Katdarling

    Katdarling Blinged mods and poli-TIX ready! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    "under $30" is still under $100. ;)

    Yes, we have been around awhile, and in fact, this thread will be FIVE years old in FIVE days! ( :bday: )

    Thank you for the suggestion, but as it's a rather classic thread, I would prefer to leave the name as it stands.
     
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  10. Katdarling

    Katdarling Blinged mods and poli-TIX ready! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    accidental redux. <blush>
     
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  11. DPLongo22

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

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    Dec 17, 2011
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    GET the farg out!!!! :shock:

    It feels like just yesterday.... :wub::vapor:




    Love the flowers, just by the way. Appropriately blingy. :D
     
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  12. AngeNZ

    AngeNZ Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2018
    New Zealand
    It needs to remain status quo :wub:

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  13. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010

    Are the ones that don't fit rewrapped (not rewraps)? Samsung batteries, I find, have very thin wraps. I guess that's because they are OEM and not made for people to keep taking in and out of devices, so a thick wrap is not necessary since they are manufactured to be put "permanently" inside a power supply. All the wraps I have ever used are about 2x thicker than the original samsung wraps.
     
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  14. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Does anyone here actually have a Kangside Vamo Box 25W 18350 mod that still works?

    I bought 3 from Gearbest many years ago, but they all have the same problem - after about a month of use, when the battery shows about half depleted on the screen, the mod just keeps restarting itself when you hit the fire button. You might be able to take a drag sometimes, but not usually. In fact, I think I have one that does this even with a fresh battery.

    I loved these things...when they worked.

    Has anyone had this problem and is there a fix?

    I chalked it up to a terrible PCB and/or chip, but I just remembered about them (still have them) and figured I'd ask around. Maybe they can be salvaged? Would love to get these things working right again. Built tough and tiny as hell!

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. DavidOck

    DavidOck ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Unless you can run down a replacement PCB for it, likely no hope.

    And while the case may be rugged, not much use if the board isn't.
     
  16. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    Right but what I'm trying to figure out if maybe I'm wrong - maybe it's not he PCB and maybe it's something else that can be fixed or needs adjusted from time to time. ;)

    My earlier "diagnosis" of bad PCB was merely an assumption. No science behind it.
     
  17. DavidOck

    DavidOck ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Nothing external - i.e. tank or no tank, open or shorted circuit, should make the mod reset. So the problem is internal. Best case might be a flaky button and contact bounce essentially giving the 5 (or 3, it varies) quick presses to reset. It may or may not be possible to tear it down to check.
     
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  18. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010

    It's very easy to take apart. Did it already. Was looking for a mechanical problem as I have no means or the skill to diagnosing electronic problems. Saw nothing out of the ordinary...but I'm no expert.
     
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  19. Seiggy

    Seiggy Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    Irwin, Pennsylvania
    I don't have a Kangside Vamo, but is it possible the 18350 at half does not have enough power based on the mods setting (Wattage/Voltage) ?
     
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  20. UncleJunkle

    UncleJunkle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 29, 2010
    They all worked fine for roughly a month each. Same batteries. I have 3 batteries. But anything's possible.
     

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