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Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by ThermO, Oct 29, 2017.

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  1. ThermO


    Oct 29, 2017
    I am trying to fix a couple 'quite new still'
    "TW163 Thermocouple Welder's" that just stopped spot welding.
    There are 5 of them, and it seems almost like they are all faulty
    (yes, sent them back for warranty repairs already, but they are goofed again)
    Batteries strong @ 12.7Volts..can't wait the months it takes to get them done again,
    What/where is the issue on these things do you think?
    Caps? (non are exploded/leaking)
    All other components not burnt, or any obvious damage
    Where to start..?

    Exact model can be seen in last pic here:
  2. kellys_eye


    Jun 25, 2010
    Only two real areas to look at - the controlling switch (to discharge the capacitors) and the capacitors themselves.

    In my experience (of electric fence energisers), systems that rely on heavy discharge of capacitors to provide a pulse invariably suffer capacitor failure/degradation. Occasionally the switching device goes 'open' (sometime shorted, but not often).

    Short-circuits and open-circuits are relatively easy to diagnose but the simplest way to prove a capacitor fault is just to replace them. Get a replacement and wire it in parallel with the existing capacitor first - it may just restore operation to prove the issue. Then swap out as necessary.

    Pics of the internals would help a lot though.
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  3. ThermO


    Oct 29, 2017
    Thanks a ton kellys!!
    I have pics,
    but the driver to upload from my cell to computer is now
    down/missing/corrupted.. I scored the iinternet for the internals, but no luck.
    There's 2 big Caps & 1 smaller one.
  4. dorke


    Jun 20, 2015
    Please take care those caps are very dangerous !!!:eek:
    Properly discharge them before handling and check with a DVM that they are discharged ,
    don't ever short them !
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  5. ThermO


    Oct 29, 2017
    You Bet !!
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