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LOW BATTERY tesla steampunl

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  1. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    Hey long time vaper been messing with thing for years but last week I received a tesla nano 120 steampunk that reads low battery with fully charged batteries what should I be looking for to fix it
     
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  2. bombastinator

    bombastinator Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    How old are the batteries?
     
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  3. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    Brand new bought them today
     
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  4. jim_87

    jim_87 Resident Forum Lurker

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    Apr 22, 2018
    USA
    Did you charge them before you put them in the mod?
     
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  5. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    Yup sure did then checked them in my wisemec to make sure
     
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  6. jim_87

    jim_87 Resident Forum Lurker

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    Apr 22, 2018
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    I would try them in another mod. If they read full, there may be an issue with the tesla.
     
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  7. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    Tried them in my wisemec you thinking broken wire/connection or fried chip
     
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  8. bombastinator

    bombastinator Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Then it’s probably the device. Contact seller, start the return/exchange process
     
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  9. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    I was hoping to fix it since I got it second hand
     
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  10. bombastinator

    bombastinator Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Heh. There’s a rule about second hand stuff: “whatever it is there is a reason the former owner didn’t want it”

    I would suspect a bad connection over a bad chip. Quick and dirty fixes may be as simple as cleaning the contacts with a pencil eraser
     
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  11. jim_87

    jim_87 Resident Forum Lurker

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    Apr 22, 2018
    USA
    I guess if you have some hobby electrical know=how, you could take it apart and check things out.
     
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  12. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
     
  13. Insanitywolfthe3rd

    Insanitywolfthe3rd Full Member

    Jun 14, 2018
    Well I rebuild mods as a hobby this thing just has me stumped
     
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  14. bombastinator

    bombastinator Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Well you probably got a multimeter then.

    Somewhere there is a voltage drop. Got to trace it back from the battery
     
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  15. Opinionated

    Opinionated Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2015
    Nvm.
     
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  16. Opinionated

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  17. NealBJr

    NealBJr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2013
    Lawrenceville, Ga.
    I agree with the others. Usually, the battery indicator runs off of current voltage supplied by the battery. So, if it's saying "low battery", that means it's not reading a 3.4 (depending on the chip) or higher voltage from the battery. Also, test it with a higher ohm coil... if your coil is too low an ohm, it might not be able to provide enough power.

    The very first thing I would check, is the polarity of the batteries. Just make sure they're in right.

    The second thing I would check, is what others suggested... Check the contacts of both the batteries, and the contacts that touch the battery in the mod itself. Make sure both batteries are connected securely.

    The third thing may just be me, but I always test the 510 connector. Even on a reading like this, I would inspect and make sure everything is clean and junk free.

    The fourth thing, would involve taking it apart. The first thing I would check is the positive connection (or the spring one). Make sure the springs are good. Next, do an ohms test along both the positive and negative connections. Check the ohms to make sure there's not a bad solder. I dunno how Chinese solder is, but I do prefer American soldiers.. they're tougher. :)

    Lastly, it just may be a bad chip. Doing basic solder testing is about where my knowledge ends. When it comes to chips and resistors, I just don't know. I would do a manual physical inspection to make sure nothing's broken, or looks off. Once while inspecting a toy quadcopter that could never balance right... despite it having gyros. Instead of throwing it away, I took a physical look at the insides , and found a wire was very poorly soldered to a motor. When I tested it with the poor connection, the wire would get quite warm around the bad solder. I concluded and guessed right, that only a few strands were actually soldered, so just a quick touch of the soldering iron, and everything was fixed.

    Well, hope that helps. it might give you a few things to look at.
     
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  18. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    Batteries are brand new, but what make and model are they?
     
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  19. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Well you sound like you know what your doing, but honestly, it's almost impossible to tell what it would be. Where did you get it "secondhand" and can you return it/do you have any sort of recourse as far as how you paid?

    The Steampunk is TRULY inexpensive enough at this point that you may be better off buying new if you can do a return. I LOVE mine (the husband stole my backup but he also loves his).

    Mine has been BOMBPROOF. I mean, I've dropped it, it was my practice mod for RTAs meaning I have leaked down through the 510 pin on numerous occasions. It just keeps on ticking.

    You sound like you have way more electronics knowledge than me, so I will suggest that you clean it thoroughly inside and out, and kind of go from there.

    It doesn't sound like your batteries are the issue. If it were me, I'd return it or at least get a refund (if you are able). If not, well, have at it.

    I really only buy used mods ABOVE a certain price point and that I can ONLY get used. I really want my warranty and etc., and often (unless it's a supremely outdated mod which I don't think the steampunk IS at this point) people "selling" are selling "bricks" so caveat emptor and all that.


    I hope you can resuscitate it, and if so, do report.

    Anna
     
  20. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
    Welcome and glad you joined.
    Hope you solve it, I know how you feel.
    Could ask about rebuilds in: Modding Forum
     
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