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#1 (permalink)      8/29/2017 11:05:47 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Received - The exterior, and how does it work?






Exactly the same size as the Pico, though the end plates are some plated metal, and the surface texture on the body is rougher (I actually prefer it to the Pico!). Weighs 80g, compared to 88g for the Pico (both without batteries) - Quite surprised that it weighs that much from looking at it.

The 510 threading is pretty rough, quite hard to get an atty to catch the threads, and the 510 pin is very stiff (and a different design to the Pico). The battery cap is a different design, and the threading in the mod body for it is crap. The caps are interchangeable between this and the Pico (not sure why you'd want to do that though).

There's an LED near the USB port (actually two I think) and they light up red and blue (together) when firing. A little glow shows at the bottom of the fire button. The button is nice and clicky, but has a longer throw than the Pico, and feels a little mushy (more on this in another thread). If you fire it with no atty, the LED goes out after a second or so, so there's clearly some electronics in there.

So far, so good. But ... There's a terrible voltage drop when firing. A 0.40 ohm load drops the output voltage from a freshly charged battery to just 3.33 volts :( Pretty grim.

And then there's this interesting 'feature' ...



... Yes, it's autofiring with just a tanko attached. Seems that it's fine with no load or a normal load, but a tiny bit of load from a meter latches on the output. Shouldn't be a problem for most people, but it ain't right.

Time to take it apart ...
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Very nice Job ... Kudos x2

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Sossij wrote:

But ... There's a terrible voltage drop when firing. A 0.40 ohm load drops the output voltage from a freshly charged battery to just 3.33 volts :( Pretty grim. And then there's this interesting 'feature' ...... Yes, it's autofiring with just a tanko attached. Seems that it's fine with no load or a normal load, but a tiny bit of load from a meter latches on the output. Shouldn't be a problem for most people, but it ain't right.Time to take it apart ...



That leads me to assume that there is some kind of electronic regulator inside (maybe limiting it to 30W?), similar to the Karnoo and ECT boxes.

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I'll buy the battery cap from you.
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