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  1. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    I just burnt out my second el-cheapo 5V USB PT. This time it fires at random as opposed to constantly.

    Since i vape so much on the PT and its the only access to 5V that i have, im willing to invest (im thinking $50 max) in one of these high quality 5V USB PTs that ive heard mentioned. I just dont know where to go for them.

    Would you kindly recommend a value but high quality (510/manual) 5V USB PTs?
     
  2. Superbals

    Superbals Super Member ECF Veteran

    Actually someone recommended to me when mine burned out that when i get my new one cover the cord part in electrical tape until its almost as fat as the part of the battery it comes from then cut a straw and put that over the electrical tape, then wrap it up a few more times since thats the weakest point on the thing
     
  3. tweazee

    tweazee Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2010
    USA, MO
    Do you have a picture of yours you could share? Thanks
     
  4. tweazee

    tweazee Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2010
    USA, MO
    PM LowThudd -- he is very knowledgable on the 510's -- and might be able to give you a good supplier for 510 PTs.
     
  5. Superbals

    Superbals Super Member ECF Veteran

    I don't have a new PT to do that to yet but here's exactly the suggestion that was given to me:

    I had a PT that did the same thing. The weakest point on most of them is the cord were it attaches to the body. I fixed it with black electrical tape and a peice of a straw. wrap the electrical tape around the cord right next to were it connects to the body. continue this until it is built up to the same level as the body of the PT take about a one inch section of a straw and cut it lengthwise. slip the staw over the tape and the body of the pt make sure that it's making good contact and then tape over the staw and the black tape. Leave a little gap were you can see the LED. Mine has been going good for several months sense I did this. I did buy another as a backup and I actually did this right away so it wouldn't get loose in the first place.

    I hope this helps and good luck staying smoke free. ​
     
  6. Automaton

    Automaton Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 23, 2010
    US
    Weird. I don't get where all these bad PT's are coming from.

    My PT is a regulated 3.7v 510, with an in-line battery and that skinny little cord. To boot, it's also an auto. And I drip with it.

    I got it second-hand, after it had been used heavily for 2 or 3 months. I have been using it heavily for a month or two. It's plugged into a USB port that's only a few inches from my desk chair. I've run over the cord several times, and no, I haven't re-enforced the cord in any way.

    It still works great. I'm vaping it right now.

    It's just bizarre that I keep hearing these things randomly dying. Is mine made of fairy dust or something? It's from CigNot, but I'm sure they all come from the same factory in China.

    Most of the super-strong PT's I've heard of are modded ones. I'm unaware of anything better than what you have that comes from a store. I could be wrong. I agree, LowThudd may be your man.

    Well... I guess the suggestion I would pose is one of two things.

    1. Re-enforce the cord with electrical tape, especially at the USB and battery connectors.

    2. Get an eGo PT. That way, at least if the PT dies you still have a functional eGo.
     
  7. Superbals

    Superbals Super Member ECF Veteran

    Ohhhhhhh i hadn't heard of the eGo PT but now that i looked it up that thing looks like it's awesome to have!
     
  8. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Superbals, i read the same post you did, i think. It was about a week ago? Anyway I had been using this 5V PT no problems for about 2 months and figured some preventative maintenance would be good. 1 week after applying the electrical tape the device decides to start firing at random. (AND it happened while experimenting with my first carto in months... grrr... "dont blame cartos, its not the cartos fault").

    MisstressNomad, its funny, i have the same 3.7 in-line-batt PT that you have, and im using it right now while my Rivas charge. I guess those models are a little more reliable, but they dont come in a 5V version.

    So i placed an order for a replacement $17 5V PT from indyvaporshop.com. Now to take a look at these eGo PTs... going out on a limb to assume these work with Riva batts? Ive no eGo batts.
     
  9. Automaton

    Automaton Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 23, 2010
    US
    Hmmm... I don't think so. The eGo that accepts the PT cord appears to have a specially designed endcap that is different from a normal eGo. So I don't think it would work with a Riva.

    You could always try an LR atty on the 3.7v PT. That'll get you pretty close to the power of 5v.
     
  10. Vidi

    Vidi Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 25, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    I got my 510 PT form nicotine nirvana

    It has the inline battery and its lasted for 5 months now of some serious everyday vaping on it.I have an eGo but I used my PT whenever Im at the computer.
     
  11. candre23

    candre23 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2010
    NJ
    I had all sorts of problems with PTs until I gave up and built my own. I used a 1xAA battery box, horn switch and 510 connector from madvapes and a USB cable I had lying around. Total cost was under $7 and it hasn't given me a single problem in about 4 months of constant use. You'll also need a good 2A USB power supply, but that's true of any PT.
     
  12. Superbals

    Superbals Super Member ECF Veteran

     
  13. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Well just cause mine decided to fritz out one week after applying the tape doesnt mean the tape was the cause of the fritz. I honestly doubt that the tape was the cause of the fritz. These PTs just fritz out, there's no telling when its gonna happen.
     
  14. deback

    deback Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 25, 2010
    Michigan
    I've had two 5V 510 passthroughs since last Thursday, bought from Madvapes. The quality is pretty good. The manual button could be better, but overall, the quality is better than the Volcano Magma PTs. The higher voltage (more heat) is causing burning-type pain in my mouth (throat, gums, and roof), so I'm gonna have to use them just now and then and not constantly.

    I wanted to give you the link, in case you're interested in reading the reviews posted at Madvapes:

    MadVapes 5 Volt 510 Manual USB Passthrough
     
  15. RedForeman

    RedForeman Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 30, 2010
    Georgia
    I just taped a loop in the wire on my 510 passthru to prevent any sharp bending.

    510-pass-thru.jpg
     
  16. Superbals

    Superbals Super Member ECF Veteran

    That looks very similar to the one i had...
     
  17. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Yup thats identical to the 5V model i ordered, except my 5V has a red LED tip. Cant tell from the photo what kind of tip that one has.

    Thanks for the link, though.
     
  18. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Hmmm. I like this, but the wire on this particular 5V PT that i ordered is thick and round, so itd be a big loop. May try it though.
     
  19. deback

    deback Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 25, 2010
    Michigan
    Yes, the PT in the link I posted has a red LED tip.
     
  20. Broseybrose

    Broseybrose Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Right on. Ill try it out when it gets here.
     
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