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VapCap Induction Heater for Desktop and in Car Use

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Pipes, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. szai

    szai Well-Known Member

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    By finger tamp I mean pressing the load down a little with your finger. The tip gets especially hot when using the IH. By pressing it in just a little past the lip of the bowl you remedy that issue.
     
  2. mrb

    mrb smoke free me

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    I've just read this whole thread. Wow @Pipes is amazing.
    Seeing the quick development and design of these products had been as much fun as reading the beginning of the DV thread.

    I've studied all I can and I think I'm ready to make an IH or two.

    I have just one question. Does the PSmini 'system' only need the BMC if it incorporates charging? Seems like some have made their IHs with the RC LiPo battery packs without the BMC?

    Thanks to all, especially pipes!
     
  3. Pipes

    Pipes Addicted DIY Enthusiast Accessory Maker

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    Thanks for the kind words mbr.
    The BMS, "Battery Management System" is a safety device and helps protect the batteries.
    -10 amp cut-off
    -over charge cell protection
    -under charge cut-off protection
    -cell monitoring and cuts out if unbalanced cell detected.
    IMHO, it's a couple well spent bucks. If you go without it, please, at least, install a 10 amp inline fuse and try not to totally drain the batteries.
    :science:
     
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  4. mrb

    mrb smoke free me

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    Thank you so much for answering my question. I will definitely use a BMS, and thanks to you I know how to wire it and everything! You're very kind to share so much helpful information on how to replicate your process. :tup:
     
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  5. FlyingLow

    FlyingLow Team NO SLEEP!

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    Very late coming to this thread... been a VapCap user since the first generation.

    Is there a link to a store, or is purchase through PM?
    Thanks!
     
  6. LittleGreenBird

    LittleGreenBird Member

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    You can place an order by shooting Pipes a PM via FC and get added to the waiting list of your choice. - His signature will take you to a doc full of info on the models, pricing and estimated wait times.
     
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  7. mrb

    mrb smoke free me

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    Sorry @Pipes But I have one more question when you have a moment. . .

    What is the cable/connector circle below for. . I can't seem to find the info about what it is/does?
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    Many thanks again!
     
  8. FlyingLow

    FlyingLow Team NO SLEEP!

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    I'm curious as well. Is it for balance charging of lipos?
     
  9. Pipes

    Pipes Addicted DIY Enthusiast Accessory Maker

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    We for the battery gauge before I wired differently.
    Good eye. :science:
     
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  10. SSVUN~YAH

    SSVUN~YAH You Must Unlearn, What You Have Learned...

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    Hi @Pipes still loving the induction heater! I've recently redecorated it with some stickers. Unfortunately I also pushed in the port to hard and the male connect inside has come free from its holster. You can sort of see it in the 3rd pic down. Should I just glue it back with super glue? Tia!!!

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  11. RoRo

    RoRo Member

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    And by PM = (Start a conversation)
     
  12. Pipes

    Pipes Addicted DIY Enthusiast Accessory Maker

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    Super glue has many great uses but I'm afraid this is not one of them. It can make quite the mess and get into cracks that will cause any spring loaded mechanisms to seize up.
    JB Quick Weld, is my preferred method to fix or even improve connector reliability. Tack it from the inside by gobbing some to each side of the case and connector. Don't touch till cured. :science:
     
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  13. SSVUN~YAH

    SSVUN~YAH You Must Unlearn, What You Have Learned...

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    You're the man! Thanks again!
     
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  14. MAbud

    MAbud Well-Known Member

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    @Pipes quick question regarding the battery...just completed a full charge and the indicator moved from red to green so pretty sure charge was full. Ran my 1st cap and hit the test button while under use. Only 2 of the 3 blue lights lit up, is that to be expected?
     
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  15. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    pipes---could you do a quick refresher on the lights please. How should they look as battery level goes down, how do they look at full charge, etc?
    And I think you need switch in "on"position to charge, correct??
    Thanks
     
  16. stressed

    stressed Well-Known Member

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    after much experimentation with my portside (i love this thing) , i use my sai TAF for shatter and the omni for bud. both are one handed operations so i'm now a two fisted stoner. :tup:

    on the down side, i haven't used my herbalizer in a couple months.
     
  17. Pipes

    Pipes Addicted DIY Enthusiast Accessory Maker

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    Here are the specs for the indicator LEDs.
    L1 < 9 V
    L2 < 10 V
    L3 < 10.6 V
    L4 < 11.4 V
    L5 > 11.5 V
    Loosing 1-2 LEDs while dipping the VC is OK. If loosing more, I'd make sure the connections to the battery are in tight. Specially the two conductor red one, as unit will run on just the 4 conductor connector. The red 2 conductor is for main current path and is redundant. If not connected, there would be more voltage drop before the gauge.
    Enjoy!
     
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