Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:32 AM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 07:35 AM
Good to hear from you..,
Tough break there - it always sucks when new toys don't appear to work as expected..,
What you're describing sounds bizarre - A new battery should last (depending on local conditions) between 11 - 13 months.
What is it that you're experiencing that suggests that the replacement battery needs swapping out?
Unexpected or zero Gemini responses?
Not meaning to patronise, but subject to your description of the problem, are you sure that the replacement battery is fitted correctly? There are two small metal tabs on one side of the battery holder that needs to make good, positive contact with the top of the battery when inserting a new battery.
Also, the battery IS facing the right way up, yeah?
How are you powering the mount?
Posted 22 March 2009 - 07:42 AM
Sky is right, you also need to make sure the battery is inserted correctly. TRUST ME.....I speak from experience
These batteries should easily last as long as Sky says if not longer. The battery in my CGE was 4 yrs old before I replaced it.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 11:16 AM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 11:50 AM
I've been hanging around Gemini groups for years and never heard of one going bad after two months. As the others have pointed out, are you sure you're installing it correctly?
You might want to ask this question of Tom Hilton on the Yahoo Gemini group. He's quite knowledgeable about Gemini electronics.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:50 PM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:02 PM
One possibility is the shelf life problem of batteries. You will find that batteries that do not sell quickly can sit on a shelf for a long time before they are sold. These batteries do go stale after a while and most batteries have a date for this on the package, like food. If not, then you are assuming an expiration date.
Try buying from a place that sell a lot of batteries if you can not find them locally and if you buy locally, check the date.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:21 PM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:01 PM
Posted 22 March 2009 - 11:58 PM
I want to thank all of you that offered things to look for and try in getting this fixed.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:00 AM
Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:23 AM
My Gemini did not wake up last night. Power switch on and...nothing, no red, light alarms beeps..nothing. Took the plate off and fiddled with the switch...nothing. Tried different battery packs...nothing. Power was available from from the 12V output as the GPS do-dad worked fine.
If the internal battery goes south completely, is this one of the symptoms? Any suggestions?
Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:04 AM
If you open up the front cover on the control panel in I think it's the upper left corner you will see a small fuse. Make sure the fuse is good. Don't trust a visual check either (I have had a fuse look fine but be bad), remove it and check continuity acrossed it if possible. If it is blown that is most likely your issue to start with. You'll than want to find out why it blew.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:30 PM
Many thanks! I was looking for fuses but I obviously missed it.
I'm a Gemini newbie. What's the prefered setting of the slip clutches...not to divert the thread or anything.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:35 PM
Hope that solves it. As far as the clutch settings go that depends on your use and payload. As an imager I have mine set pretty tight. The mount needs a good push to get them to slip. If your doing mostly visual and/or light load you could likely get away with a slightly looser setting.
Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:15 PM
As for my issue Scott said to send in the box and it will be replaced. Here is another vendor that takes care of his customers.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:15 AM
I looked again and the only fuse that I readily saw on my unit was in the lower right hand corner of the board, right next to the power out port. It's very small (~3/16" long and rectangular) and labeled F1. That fuse checked out fine continuity wise. I didn't think to do a resistance check. I also replaced the internal battery. Still dead.
I'll have to give Scott a call unless anyone has any other ideas.