Silent Partner needs repair-Help

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by royfrombigd, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. royfrombigd

    royfrombigd Rookie

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    Hi all Silent Partner users. I got my machine right at 3 years ago. It has EDGE written on it, but I think that is the series and the model I have is the Lite. Any way, it's been great for the first couple of years, but it has been going through batteries pretty fast. They just don't seem to hold a charge after a while. I was using cheaper batteries from Batteries Plus, but I did go ahead and break down and order one from SP directly. It's just not any better and about a few weeks ago, it starting having issues feeding the balls. Before I call SP and committ to anything, I was hoping for some feedback about how long I should expect these things to last, is it repairable, is it worth the cost or repair etc. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  2. tennis_ocd

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    What battery size are you using? Fully charging after each use??

    The stock lite battery is about 9mAh and will only last two hours. You can get a heavier duty one - 21mAh and get 2x that per session. Keep them fully charged between hits. The heavier duty battery is larger and I believe will require fully removing the cover to replace.

    I've had the heavy duty battery for about 3 years now without issue.
     
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  3. MikeK

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    Sounds like it's not fully charging. Do you have a multimeter or voltmeter? Get one. They're inexpensive and very useful. After a full charge the voltage on the battery should read at least 12.8V.

    Charge the battery, measure the voltage. Leave the machine sit for a few days without using it and measure the voltage again. It should be the same.

    Less than 12.8V after charging indicates the charger is bad (likely). An unused battery that loses voltage indicates a short in the Edge circuitry that's draining the battery (unlikely).

    Drop the "m". 9mAh is only enough to power a lowly LED for an hour.
     
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  4. royfrombigd

    royfrombigd Rookie

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    Thanks for the replies. I was able to get my charger tested today and it tested fine. I'm not sure the power of my battery, but the latest one I got was the $50 replacement one directly from Silent Partner. It's got to be something else.
     
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  5. MikeK

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    How was your charger tested?
     
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  6. royfrombigd

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    Took it to Batteries Plus. Don't have the tools or talent to test it myself. :)
     
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  7. AYone

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    The SP guys are pretty reasonable. Maybe they will give you a break under the circumstances.
     
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  8. frank52

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    I have a 5-year old Silent Partner with two 7ah batteries. Batteries are still fine.

    First thing I would do is buy a cheap volt-ohm meter ($10-$15) and check battery voltage after being off the charger for a day. If voltage is still 12.8 or above your battery is fine.

    Second thing I would do is buy a better battery charger and keep the ball machine plugged in to the charger when not being used. I use the Battery Minder 12117. This charger will rejuvenate semi-dead batteries. My old batteries still read 13.08 when left off the charger for a few days. I did need to graft a suitable plug onto the Battery Minder. Noco Genius is a similar charger.

    Third, I would just buy batteries from an online source. There are only a few major brands like Amstron and Power-Sonic. A 9 AH battery is around $22. The current 9 AH batteries are the same size as the old 7 AH batteries in my machine. One source is atbatt dot com.
     
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