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#1 (permalink)      11/8/2016 7:35:06 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Pico Connection Problem
I've got 2 Pico 75W mods and after a few months I'm having a connection problem with both. Now and then I lose power on them. By fiddling with the battery cap, unscrewing and screwing it , the power always comes back (so far). Once it's back it usually stays on for quite a while (assuming I don't fiddle with the cap). I'm using good batteries (VTC5's and possibly better).

Any suggestions as to what might be causing this? Not a big enough problem to send them back (assuming they're still under warrantee). Other than that they perform quite well.
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#2 (permalink)      11/8/2016 7:43:19 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Stupid question, but I have to ask it...

How are you battery wraps looking?
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#3 (permalink)      11/8/2016 7:52:25 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Have you tried cleaning the connections? Sounds like gunk in the connection somewhere. I would recommend some CRC contact cleaner.

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@JoeVan: No stupid questions! No shortage of stupid people asking the wrong question but you're not one of them. Good question but my wraps are virginal(unbroken?).

@gotthedrips: You could be right. Did kind of clean them with alcohol but I've got some good contact cleaner (Detoxit Gold) which you motivated me to find. I'll give it a good go and let you know if it helps.
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^ will be curious Morris68

My 2 picos seemed to start acting up a few months in but only in TC mode.

Cleaned them out a bit and since, both work perfectly again.
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Mine is much older and a few times has suffered your error... Both times I had juice in the 510 connector and it was filthy... A Good cleaning completely cured the issue... Hopefully your issue is as simple...

Something to note is my Pico has primarily been used with bottom fill attys so the 510 is well abused...

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My experience is the same as Vapor's. The only time I've had issues is with juice in the 510 connector. It hasn't happened often, but if it does thats the first place I look :)

I've also noticed that the cap threads get dirty. A Q tip and rubbing alcohol takes care of it.
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rangermsr wrote:

I've also noticed that the cap threads get dirty. A Q tip and rubbing alcohol takes care of it.



True...

About a month ago I completely broke down the Pico for an inspection... Happy to report the design keeps the PCB clean... The dirt was caught around the screen and button flange not inside the case... The bottom of the battery compartment also collected some debris... This is after the Pico has been on numerous construction sites and in the woods several times... Summery... Not a drop of juice in the case, no dirt on the PCB side of the case...

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I have the same problem but sometimes the TC works bad. Sometimes it works fine but many times I get burn taste from a SS coil without changing any settings. I think is a problem with the chipset. Also when I use it while charging with USB is overpowered and get burned taste.
Does anybody knows which chipset the Pico has?

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Get ArcticFox fireware or set the TCR.