question about lobster elite 2

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Big Dave, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Big Dave

    Big Dave New User

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    is it better to leave the machine on while picking up balls, and just set the feed dial to off, or just turn the machine off alltogether?

    probably a stupid question, but just wanted to make sure im using the machine correctly.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Jennifer

    Jennifer New User

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    No wrong or right way here. The battery will last 3+ hours no matter how you slice it (gotta love Lobsters!).

    For me, I turn off the feed and then pick up balls. I do this because I think turning on/off the machine would actually consume more power as it oscilates and calibrates each time it goes off, and each time it goes on.

    My husband said its like waiting in a car for someone, do you turn it off or leave it running? On one hand, if the wait is short then you should just leave the car running as it consumes less gas then when restarting the car. On the other hand, if the wait is more than 5 minutes, then you should turn off the car to conserve gas. Makes sense to me. :)

    -Jennifer
     
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  3. MonkeyMuggs

    MonkeyMuggs Rookie

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    I agree with Jennifer. My Lobster has way more battery than I could ever use up in even 2 outings/playing sessions. Perhaps your using it with multiple people and really need to max your playing time. I still agree with Jennifer about leaving it on, but you could call Lobster for a definite answer.

    If you really need super long playing sessions and you have access to electricity (or have one of those cute, quiet, small portable generators), Lobster does sell a premium charger that can be connected to the machine while playing.
     
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  4. Big Dave

    Big Dave New User

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    thanks guys....i have been turning it off while picking up balls, but maybe i'll leave it on from now on...sounds like it doesnt hurt anything...and the battery outlasts me pretty easily, so no issue there :)
     
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  5. Stepar

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    Jennifer - hubby WAS right - about thirty years ago! Carburetors used to waste a small bit of fuel on restarting. Electronic injectors, which have supplanted carbs, do not. Kinder to the planet is shutting the car down if you do expect to be idling more than 60 seconds!

    The ball machine is actually a harder problem. Since these are small motors with minimal fywheel weight to spin up, I'd be inclined to shut 'er down while doing pickup.
     
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  6. High Roller

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    Switches will fail from repeated use before the electric motor will. That is why I opt to leave my machine on. My battery life is 4-6 hours per session, depending on how I am using the machine, so it is a non-issue in this respect.
     
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