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Offline Kamakzie

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Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« on: April 01, 2010, 01:08:01 AM »
Just looked at my Vantage Vue and its saying Transmitter Battery Low.  I just bought this in October new.  Is this normal to only last 5-6 months or are the batteries that come with the ISS junk?

Offline NorCal Dan

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2010, 01:37:09 AM »
How much sun is the solar panel getting?  You might want to verify the solar panel is working.  I wouldn't think the batteries would be dead already unless the solar panel is not receiving direct sunlight.

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Energizes the station during the day. On-board super capacitor provides power at night. Lithium battery provides backup when needed.

Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010, 01:53:28 AM »
Well there have been lots of days here without sun since its winter.  It's on the roof on a pole.  I guess I'll get a 10 pack of Panasonics.

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010, 01:55:43 AM »
There have been posts on other forums from Vue owners suffering premature battery failure, I would suggest you contact Davis support while it is very clearly in warranty.

Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010, 02:03:11 AM »
Yeah wouldn't hurt calling them but I'll order the 10 pack anyways.

Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2010, 02:05:26 AM »
P.S. I hope the battery lasts till the new pack arrives.

Offline prodata

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2010, 06:59:28 AM »
It's worth checking to see if the transmission LED on the underside of the Vue ISS is flashing unexpectedly. This LED is designed to start flashing after you're pressed the channel selection button/transmission test button. But it should stop automatically after some minutes and remain off unless/until the button is pressed again. If it hasn't stopped (or has restarted of its own accord - which can happen under some circumstances) then the battery will have only a relatively short life because of the extra battery drain caused by the flashing LED.

Let us know if the LED is flashing unexpectedly - there is a simple fix that may work.
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Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010, 03:16:07 PM »
LED on the ISS itself?

Offline niko

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010, 03:28:53 PM »
Yes.

Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 04:11:54 PM »
Once I get the batteries I will have my Dad check it out.  He doesn't like making multiple trips up there. LOL  I notice the display isn't showing low batter during the daytime when the sun is blasting.  Now as far as the battery goes it ran a lot this winter.  One month we only had like 15% available sunlight.

Offline Kamakzie

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2010, 03:23:29 AM »
Funny, batteries haven't arrived yet but the low battery warning has stopped.  Wonder why.

Offline Gtstricky

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2010, 09:02:56 PM »
You might be getting a charge now that the sun is out.

Offline 4wd

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2010, 07:06:03 AM »
Funny, batteries haven't arrived yet but the low battery warning has stopped.  Wonder why.

See this thread on another forum, it probably isn't the batteries so much as way it monitors them.
I think it briefly gets a false message batteries are low and this remains on console until it resets at midnight.
You can reset it yourself by entering set up mode then exiting set up without changing anything.

Current theory suggests moisture is causing issues across (unused) contacts near the ISS battery.
I think there's more to it than that, maybe bugs or dust affect them too!

Offline Icarus

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2010, 05:45:57 AM »
A reset of the console didn't cure the problem for me. However, I did remove the batteries from the ISS to check their voltage, which were almost full. I then gave everything a good clean whilst it was at ground level and replaced everything as it was. That was about 6 weeks ago and since then no more battery warnings, fingers crossed for the future.  :roll:

Offline richca

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Re: Vantage Vue battery dead already?
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2010, 01:14:30 AM »
Same issiue here and I have mine for only one month.  I went through the reset suggestion and it corrected itself but I am not convinced it will not appear again.