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  • Bad Raven: Balance lead extensions are pence from China, I bought bulk. I also cut the old balance plugs with lead off and if I get a broken plug body I just solder a new one lead to lead, can extend at the same time.
    Today at 14:17:22
  • Reman: Bajadre, With reference to balance leads, I bought a cheap JST XH crimper, plus a shed load of male/female plugs and pins a while back. It's amazing how many times that lots come in handy. Not just for repairing battery packs, But for things like adding quick release plugs to wiring harnesses so you can do things like pop gimbels on and off camera drones quickly, Or add plugs to the cables of hardwired components so you don't have to desolder them when you need to get them out of the way in a rebuild, And making charging extension leads so you can get the battery right into a Li-Po safe bag and away from the expensive charger. They're well worth adding to the toolbox..... The other day I only spent about 5 minutes hunting for my 4S charging lead before giving up and making a new one. If I didn't have the crimping kit I'd probabbly still be looking. :)
    Today at 14:00:55
  • hoverfly: Not unusual Reman, they just cant be ar$ed to deliversome if they get behind schedule.. Yesterday i had a delivery by Herpies,  got a sms telling me when they were going to deliver, then rang the door bell and knocked. The parcel was intact and damage free.  Not sure what is going on.... :hmm:
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  • Bad Raven: Where is it broken?
    Today at 13:22:29
  • hoverfly: If you cut them off make sure  you insulate the ends. :smiley:
    Today at 13:18:42
  • Bajadre: Quick question guys is it ok to snip off a broken balance lead and not run it i know i wouldnt be able to balance charge it again but would the pack be ok ? its a 3s 5500mah which the lead got dragged along the floor on sundays bahs :(
    Today at 12:44:55
  • Reman: About an hour ago I had the Yodel tracking system tell me that I wasn't in...... That's f*ckin' news to me !!!!!
    Today at 10:17:20
  • Reman: Like I said, In the past I've had a handful of packs "Go off" at me like fireworks after bad crashes (Usually with RC helis), So it's hard to get that image out of your head while stripping down Li-Po's. :)
    January 21, 2019, 11:22:54
  • shawdreamer: the horror stories will always incite worry when messing about with Lipo's but its the same as everything else when working on electronics alike, alsong as your careful and methodical there's very little to panic about, I regularly recycle 4s's with a single dead cell into usable 3s packs, end of the days its alot more economical, safer and enviro friendly than having to bin them....just a pain that the dead cell is NEVER one of the outer cells so you always end up having to strip a good cell off to get at the bad cell before putting it back afterwards, its like dropping toast, it'll always land buttered side down and inevitably covered in pet fur :angry:
    January 21, 2019, 00:11:16
  • Reman: Just did the one electrical job that still scares me. I dismantled some Lipo's with knacked cells and built usable packs out of the good cells. I've had packs go "VOOOOOOSH" at me in the past so I'm always slightly scared of having bare lipo contacts anywhere near what I'm working on, But all appears to have gone well and one of them is currently doing a charge/discharge cycle to make sure nothings a miss. :)
    January 20, 2019, 22:28:43
  • Reman: My original Dremel Pro made it to 14 years of heavy weekend use (And abuse) before it crocked. Dismantled that but it turned out to be a "Control module" fault, And Dremel made it ni on impossible to get into that without pooching it completely. :(
    January 20, 2019, 22:17:27
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  • Bad Raven: That's a warrnty claim if ever I heard one....
    January 16, 2019, 20:32:55
  • ched999uk: My 28 year old 12v 35w Weller soldering iron failed  :( I didn't fancy forking out £100 for a new one. Stripped it down and found conductor snapped in cable. 10Mins later all back working great. :smiley: ::) I am very happy!!
    January 16, 2019, 17:23:06
  • shawdreamer: "look up there....its a drone!.....and whats this noise?..... no.....no..... it cant be!....NOOOOOOOO.......OOOOOOOOOOOOOPS I DID IT AGAIN, I PLAYED WITH YOUR HEAR....."
    January 10, 2019, 14:17:24
  • shawdreamer: <starts downloading britney spears albums and preping his large frame to carry a PA system>
    January 10, 2019, 14:15:08
  • Bajadre: defo steveo :) we should get loads of drones together up there so how they handle more that one lol
    January 08, 2019, 19:39:07
  • steveo9007: its all a ploy to get who ever has won the contract for geofencing the airport in, i reckon  ::)
    January 08, 2019, 18:38:26
  • Bajadre: more lies hope they prepped the police staement already lol
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Off Topic Printers?
« on: March 22, 2018, 20:16:19 »
Sorry for off topic.
I have had a big heavy HP LaserJet 4Plus for coming on 18 years and I bought it used from a commercial office environment.
I only use it occasionally for a few sheets, probably about 500 sheets a year. I think we have only ever bought 2 cartridges for it! It works great virtually no issues at all other than the occasional jam that is fixed in a few seconds.
I also have a Epson all in one inkjet that is so dead it is only of use as a scanner. As it was used so infrequently the ink kept drying out, then I had to try and clean it up, in the end cartridges stopped being recognised etc.

So  I am trying to find a replacement for the LaserJet and a scanner that can handle occasional prints.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a printer, scanner or all in one that wont dry up and stop working if I don't use it for a few weeks?

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Off Topic Printers?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 13:28:51 »
I have had an Epson Stylus DX8450 which is an all in one ink jet scanner printer and do not use it for weeks possibly months on end and it has never given me an issue. The only problem I have with it is that fact it will stop printing if one of the ink cartridges become empty which really annoys me when it is one of the colour cartridges and I am only printing black and white  :banghead: ! This model is quite old now and have not looked at what else is available.
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Re: Off Topic Printers?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 21:03:38 »
The only problem I have with it is that fact it will stop printing if one of the ink cartridges become empty which really annoys me when it is one of the colour cartridges and I am only printing black and white  :banghead: ! This model is quite old now and have not looked at what else is available.
Cheers.
We have an Epson and was frustrated by say yellow running out and it not printing in back only!!!!

It is so difficult to find a reliable printer, just reading Amazon reviews (excluding the stupid ones where it's user error) it is shocking how bad some of them are....
I was thinking about an HP as they used to have print head in cartridge but the 'instant ink' rubbish and according to a few review the necessity of the printer talking to HP servers before it authorises a print!!!! put me off.

I am actually considering keeping the LaserJet 4 Plus and just buying a flatbed scanner for copying and scanning.

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Re: Off Topic Printers?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 21:42:19 »
Find a local business and ask if they are getting rid of any old printers. We have a hp laser printer that uses powder toner has network and cost exactly 0

Ok it doesn’t do colour or any of that fancy stuff but the toner lasts forever (with the rare printing we do) and it had the right cost

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Re: Off Topic Printers?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 10:24:17 »
After initially using Epson in dot matrix and ink ribbon days, and then inkjet models, when they started locking up their cartridges I moved over to Hewlett Packard.

Had a 1220C (A0 max paper) Deskjet that was OK, now have 6510 and 7520 All in Ones at differing locations.

These have a ridiculously small ink capacity and would be super expensive to run without running refillable 3rd party cartridges, though the only too regular refilling is a pain. (I cannot risk the remote tanks with ink lines idea)

On this basis I'd no longer recommend HP OR Epson, but what is another matter!!

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Re: Off Topic Printers?
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 20:36:43 »
Cheers everyone. By the sound of it the current printers are not much cop. I think I will keep the LasserJet 4 and get a flatbed scanner.
Just have to get the cheapest inkjet all in 1 for a few weeks as i need to be able to print in 2 locations for a short while.