Good Morning! I hope y'all wake-n-baked, so I have some company.......it's always better to get stoned with friends.
About 2 months ago, I flashed my ESV to 1.34. After charging, I couldn't get more than a few good hits, IIRC, before it went dead. I emailed Joe, and he replied with an RMA, but, as I have other devices, I never felt compelled to bother with a trip to the post office.
Now we'll jump forward to last night. I sat down with my tablet, caught up on this thread, and decided I needed to try again to get my ESV working properly. I sat down at my desk, and deleted the app, the Advanced program, and the hex file, so I could do a fresh install. After getting the app loaded, I started the Advanced control, and flashed the ESV. I verified that it flashed to 1.34, left it plugged into the usb port on my laptop, and went to bed. After I got up this morning, I unplugged the unit, took it downstairs, plugged it into the factory AC adapter, just in case the laptop didn't do the job, and went after that first cup of coffee.
After about 2 cups of coffee, the battery was showing green, so I decided to test it, even though I know I need to get that painting done in the next 3 days (it's gonna rain). But, before proceeding with the test, I decided to try the bottle cap method. So, I went looking for an appropriate screen in my humidor, where I stash them with my weed, and spotted an NO2 screen. Hmm, already somewhat bottle cap shaped (more like a floppy hat, really), and about the right size. I then went looking for a needle nose to break the fins off the ESV lid, but didn't have one small enough to fit. I figured it would still be worth trying, so I removed the stirrer and old screen, and found that the NO2 screen did, indeed, fit perfectly, using the metal cleaning tool that comes with the ESV to push it firmly in place.
I then loaded the bowl, set it to 420 degrees, and started counting hits, hoping to see maybe 50 or so. Well, everyone, I'm here to tell ya that this damn thing works. I made it to about 35 hits in the session, and had to say "No more!". Somewhere along the way, I started to get a little stoned, so I can't tell you EXACTLY how many hits I got, or how many hits it's capable of on a full charge, but I'm satisfied that I have a working ESV.
Thanks to Vape Dr. And others for convincing me to try the bottle cap method (yeah, I know I took shortcuts, but it's working....I'll get the fins removed eventually), and to try the clean install.
This could possibly become my daily driver now, at least for a while. At the very least, it could be a good unit for my wife, as she hasn't taken to my other vaporizers, due to various difficulties. IMO, this has to be among the easiest-to-use convection vaporizers. Just fill it and rip it. Everyone who has ever smoked a joint knows how to do that!