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Problem with my ProVari E1 errors, anyone else?

Discussion in 'ProVari' started by Snuggs, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. Snuggs

    Snuggs Full Member

    May 5, 2010
    Michigan
    I've had this ProVari for less than a month now, and within the last 2 weeks I've had constant E1 errors and I cannot for the life of me figure out what's wrong. The Cart I am using right now (producing an E1 error) is only like 4 days old and the E1 errors are random. This has happened with my last 2 carts (abnormally short lifespan). I've found that it happens if I have the cart screwed tight, if I loosen it the E1 error is less likely to happen. My resistance readings are all over also, 2.9 (normal) to 2.7 all the way down to 1.5 and LO readings (whatever that means, low ohms?). I don't understand and I'm not experienced enough to figure out the problem myself, so if anyone has any ideas or this has/is happening to them also please let me know, thanks!
     
  2. Sicarius

    Sicarius Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    NZ
    Some of my cartos E1 as well and I have found it to be the insulation between the carto negative and the positive pin (like a small grommet). When its screwed on too tight it damages this insulation resulting in the E1. IMO it's a design flaw on the carto manufacturers part. That said the ProVari does have a prominent positive pin.

    The picture below as reference, but obviously in 510 format

    con8.jpg
     
  3. Snuggs

    Snuggs Full Member

    May 5, 2010
    Michigan
    Well that explains why it works flawlessly right now when I keep it snug (not tight). I cant really tell how tight is too tight since I have a tank on it now which would also explain why it's more common now then when I had just the carto. Thanks for the quick and very informative reply! =)
     
  4. Frick

    Frick Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 3, 2011
    Ohio
    An E1 error indicates "Short Circuit / Shorted Atomizer – If this error appears, remove the atomizer and replace with a different one or or lower your voltage settings. The ProVari will automatically reset when the problem is fixed."
    --from the PDF manual.

    Try a different carto or atty. The unit is reading a short circuit, and protecting its own circuitry.
     
  5. Sicarius

    Sicarius Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    NZ
    What I used to do is tighten the carto on using my lips on the drip tip ... stop laughing ... it works
     
  6. Snuggs

    Snuggs Full Member

    May 5, 2010
    Michigan
    I know this already, I read the whole manual lol. I just posted this because it was odd it was happening randomly and faster than it should with multiple cartos
     
  7. Frick

    Frick Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 3, 2011
    Ohio
    You might be surprised how many people haven't, or have no idea what the error codes mean and just assume "my Provari must be broken!" as soon as they see an error. :)

    It's also nice to identify the error for anyone who might find this thread from a search.

    When you say "My resistance readings are all over also, 2.9 (normal) to 2.7 all the way down to 1.5 and LO readings (whatever that means, low ohms?).", is that all with the same carto?

    What type/brand cartos are you using?
     
  8. Snuggs

    Snuggs Full Member

    May 5, 2010
    Michigan
    using Boge 3.0's, I tried not tightening it too tight and it's working perfectly now. must be a sensitive pack of cartos or something
     
  9. donnah

    donnah Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I had a new carto that I started using the other day.. on a vv box.. it was in a tank and working well.. then all of a sudden it started giving a really burnt taste, I know it was wet. so I figured my voltage was too high, so I lowered it.. and lowered it.. and lowered it. Finally I put the carto on the provari to check the ohms.. it read something like .09! and then it gave an E1. No wonder it was tasting burnt! It had shorted out and I'm lucky I didn't lose my vv box!

    Moral of the story... shorts happen.
     
  10. southeastbeast

    southeastbeast Full Member Verified Member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Seattle
    I had the same issue when I over tightened my cartos. Loosening them up a bit helped.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
     
  11. Slurp812

    Slurp812 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 18, 2011
    Northwest Ohio
    I like the lip thing, they don't need to be that tight. Its nut a lug nut. LOL!
     
  12. Hottody

    Hottody Moved On ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2011
    Temcula CA
    Nice..I just replaced my carto and fixed the E-1 error I was experiencing! Thank you!
     
  13. jkmtwo

    jkmtwo Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lebanon TN
    Any word on the "Lo" readout? What is that? I was using a 3ohm boge in the Act V4 today, when in the tank it kept giving me an E1, and when I checked the ohms all I got was a "Lo" reading, I've never seen that before. Finally I changed out the carto and no problems. Crazy thing, once out of the tank the carto worked fine, and was 2.9 ohms.
     
  14. jkmtwo

    jkmtwo Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lebanon TN
    Oh and I forgot to say, this began happening after I refilled the tank, and I think I flooded the hell out of the carto, I figured that had something to do with it.
     
  15. Hottody

    Hottody Moved On ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2011
    Temcula CA
    Had issues with E1 error code...changed my carto and the problem was corrected!
     
  16. Sassy Sadie

    Sassy Sadie Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    Vapers Paradise

    Lo = Light on or off....
     
  17. Batsu

    Batsu Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 18, 2010
    oregon
    i think the Lo when trying to read ohms means load off
     
  18. Sassy Sadie

    Sassy Sadie Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    Vapers Paradise
    I had some Boge cartos awhile back that were all over the place like that. They seemed to drop from 3.0 to 2.0 then go back up... I kept an eye on them and adjusted y voltage accordingly, as soon as an E1 error message come up... I tossed it. The new ones (still Boge) haven't given me any problems. It's possible that you got a bad batch of cartos...

    I have seen this with Smoketech cartos as well...
     
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