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Megalodon (Don) switch issues

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  1. shagin8703

    shagin8703 Full Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    St Louis, MO, USA
    My wife has had the Don since June, and enjoyed it tremendously at first. She uses it in both 3.7 and 6-volt configs. Two problems we have noted:

    1) You have to find a quiet place to adjust the screw on the firing switch when you change batteries - having a TV or music on in the house makes this very difficult. It would be impossible in a bar with customers, which we've noted firsthand. A possible solution to this would be a lighted cartomizer or some other means to see rather than hear the hissing of the atomizer.

    2) After a few months, even with constant and consistent cleaning, the switch becomes harder to activate, to the point where my wife couldn't get it to fire without using a lot of force, and sometimes not even then. This was corrected by ordering a new switch, which was relatively cheap. Still, it would have been nice to be able to return the original switch to full functionality by cleaning or repairing it.

    Anyone else experienced these issues? My wife loves her Don, even with these quibbles, so she doesn't want to sell it.
  2. Huffelpuff

    Huffelpuff Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Philadelphia Burbs
    If you purchased new, you can reach out to electronicstix or whoever you purchased from. They carry a 1 year warranty. If not, I'm sure that they would fix for you or make some recommendations.

    Post in the electronicstix thread and someone there who's familiar w/ Don may be able to help as well.

    Good Luck!! Welcome to the ECF.
  3. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    I clean my Don every 1 1/2 weeks and when the switch gets sticky I spray a small amount of WD40 in it it. Seems to do the trick but the downside is it attracts dust so it's a vicious cleaning circle. Next I want to try some graphite and although messy it works great for locks, car door locks as it doesn't attract dust.

    P.S. You can tell your wife I also love my Don and they are in beta testing stage for a VV (variable volt) so it may have some ec=xtra electronics on it.
    Good Luck, Vapoor.
  4. shagin8703

    shagin8703 Full Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    St Louis, MO, USA
    Thanks! Since it is less than a year old, I will contact Electronicstix and see if I can get them to repair or replace the switch. We'll keep the new switch as a backup.
  5. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    Wipe it down with a small amount of "Ideal Noalox", it will solve both problems.
    if the contact surface has become corroded, wipe it with an emery board.
  6. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    Thank you very much. That was next on my shopping list.

  7. shagin8703

    shagin8703 Full Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    St Louis, MO, USA
    Thanks for the reply. She will be going for that VV Don when it comes out.

    I had thought about using WD40 or some silicone spray, but didn't know if it would be effective, and what that might do to the switch. The firing pin has a plastic element underneath the spring.
  8. LadyVaper

    LadyVaper Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2011
    Yes, just had to replace mine too. Mine would get stuck in the on position. So that had to go. I am one to constantly clean the thing, so it was not from dirt. I think the bottom piece being brass has a lot to do with it. Tarnish maybe??? IDK but I had the same problems. But I do like using it with the 5 volt battery. DDC are wonderful at 5 volts.
  9. PsychOfMSE

    PsychOfMSE Moved On Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2011
    Lexington, KY
    Adjusting the throw without being able to hear the carto is easy, here's my method (I'm sure others do it this way as well):

    Put the switch into the locked position, hold the don in your hand in a way that you can press the button with one hand while turning the screw on the throw adjustment with your other hand.

    Adjust the throw until it gives you tension and then back off like an eighth of a turn.

    Now it should fire in as short of a motion as to still be able to be locked.

    On to #2, I've found that adjusting the throw to the shortest throw possible also helps with the dificulty in activating the switch. Of course, cleaning it religiously in jewelry cleaner helps tremendously.
  10. Dieseler

    Dieseler ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Right before i first got mine i was on another forum and I read on how to completely dissemble the switch so when i received mine i went through it.
    There is a tiny ball bearing inside the swicth and easily lost if you take it completely apart , plus found some fine metal flakes from the machining process in there and on the dons threads very hard to see with the naked eye but i used a jewelers eye piece as im older and blind as a bat.

    After the initial cleaning it works well.

    Electronic Stix mentions a 1 year warranty for both the SS and the Alum in there description .

    Moju Republic in Uk mentions this

    The SS Don also comes with a 5 year return to base warranty for added peace of mind. Please note this does not cover for user error; batteries; atomisers; chargers or internal springs.

    Alum has a 1 year warranty.

    If you are ordering from the USA, please consider our US distributor where our friend Jason will make you feel right at home.

    In short i bought my Stainless one from Electronic Stix and will call them to see if the SS limited model carries the same 5 year warranty as the parent company does.
    Im curious.
  11. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    Thank you Dieseler. When it comes to the Don your knowledge is incredible...looking to come out of retirement and be a spokesperson???
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