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Chet

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ISS Battery
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:07:01 PM »
I have just installed a new battery in my Vantage Vue but the console still says low battery transmitter. Last night, the Vue stopped getting transmissions. This morning, with strong sun light the Vue was transmitting. We have had several days of no sun shine. The Vue doesn’t charge the battery does it? Why would a new battery still show low transmission. I put conductivity paste on the battery ends.
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Re: ISS Battery
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 03:40:30 PM »
Chet:

After changing the battery in the ISS, you may still get a low battery alert until midnight of the day of the battery change, then the ISS and console will reset any alerts.

Just curious, do you remember how long your ISS battery lasted? 
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Re: ISS Battery
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 03:43:40 PM »
I think Blicj11 has the useful info! ThU5:-)

I just hope you didn't make the same mistake I did when I first installed my equipment. I put the battery in backwards!!! [banghead] [rolleyes2] [blush]

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime I have a 50-50 chance of getting something right,
there's a 90% probability I'll get it wrong.

Don't have a Vue, but I think the only thing the Solar array charges is the capacitor. But, as I said, I'm oftin rong!

That conductivity paste probably makes it easier to get the battery out, it's very tight in my Pro. It might not hurt to double check that you may have used too much paste and accidentally connected either terminal to the circuitry. After all, that's two 50-50 chances!! cmu:-)

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Check the voltage - preferably under load (Re: ISS Battery )
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 11:14:23 PM »
Dear Chet, Blick, X-Air, and WeatherCat station electricians,

I have just installed a new battery in my Vantage Vue but the console still says low battery transmitter. Last night, the Vue stopped getting transmissions. This morning, with strong sun light the Vue was transmitting. We have had several days of no sun shine.

It sound like you have a problem with the present battery.  X-Air could be correct, the battery is in backward, or it could be defective battery.  Try checking the voltage of the battery when there is very little sunshine while it is still in your Vantage Vue.  That will test the battery voltage under load.  A new 123 Lithium battery should produce over 3.2 volts.  If it doesn't it is defective.

The Vue doesn’t charge the battery does it? Why would a new battery still show low transmission.

As X-Air points out, Davis changed their designs between the Vantage Pro-1 and Vantage Pro-2.  The solar panel recharges a capacitor instead of a battery.  The battery is used only when there is no sun and the capacitor is discharged.

I put conductivity paste on the battery ends.

I've never done this and I'm not sure this is a good idea for this application.  If you continue to have problems, I suggest you remove the conductivity paste and see if that eliminates your problems.  The Davis hardware are designed to work without additional products like conductivity paste.

Cheers, Edouard