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Unread 08-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #21
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Oh, and I bought them from an authorized CC dealer.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 12:51 PM   #22
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Understood, but wouldn't this "fix" of two of the same heat sinks then replicate the previous issue? Now I have an entirely new and different diagnosis.
I've seen bad heatsinks in a PD3 cause your exact same symptom. I understand you may have bought the parts from an authorized dealer but I'll be the first to tell you that doesn't mean a thing. Not all dealers are created equally. I can honestly tell you that.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #23
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I hear ya, I'm just wondering how many different "trys" at fixing this old charger I should make. I'm thinking that $300 Thunderbull on ebay/Amzn is looking pretty good right about now having already spent $50 trying to make this one work. Not to mention the time I have spent. This is the second time this particular "dealer" has wasted my time and money. I'm guessing you know who they are based on your proximity. Not sure if you have any history with them or not.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #24
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I hear ya, I'm just wondering how many different "trys" at fixing this old charger I should make. I'm thinking that $300 Thunderbull on ebay/Amzn is looking pretty good right about now having already spent $50 trying to make this one work. Not to mention the time I have spent. This is the second time this particular "dealer" has wasted my time and money. I'm guessing you know who they are based on your proximity. Not sure if you have any history with them or not.
One try with the correct part should do it... There's no sense in buying another charger. The PD3 is a good unit. It just needs to be repaired. As for the dealer, I have no idea which dealer you're referring to. I don't know your location. You're more than welcome to PM me with the info and I'll let you know more information if I can. Thanks..
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Unread 08-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #25
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For anyone who was reading this posting, David was right on the money. New heat sinks and I am back in business. And to think I was going to drop $300+ on an aftermarket charger...
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For anyone who was reading this posting, David was right on the money. New heat sinks and I am back in business. And to think I was going to drop $300+ on an aftermarket charger...
He usually is. Glad you got that charger working!
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Unread 08-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #27
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Related to the high temp of operation on theses chargers, I keep mine on a shelf when is running and was concerned as well about the heat.
I used one of these $15 surge protectors with master/controlled outlets:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YH9DWC/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YH9DWC/
I plugged the charger on the master and an old fan on the controlled so anytime the charger is running the fan will come on and cool the charger.
I checked the other day after 3 hours running and the charger was cold, plus it is a good idea to have it on a surge protector anyway.
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