UPGRADES


UPGRADES 
It is the beginning of the dreaded Winter / Spring/ Summer / Shotgun (not seasonal) Wedding Season. The feared TyrinoBridus Rex and her mate, Brewusasouras, decided to make it legal. 

Fourteen offspring eggs do that to you. So lets get on the ball and get these packs updated, charged, tested and ready for the forthcoming slaughter. It could be you! 

For me this means upgrades and repairs to get people back on track. For you this means "working with patience".

Weddings are work and you need "patience" before you swap the camera for a gun and make "patients" out of the Bride. Leave the groom alone, he just really wants it over.

So, already I am getting the eMails. "I went to hook up my battery pack after the winter and it's dead".  My charger stays on green all the time and the battery is not charging". "My Tuxedo is dead, I didn't charge it this winter". Congratulations, a small portion of you might of had a real problem, but the other 98.7%, (and thats just fact my friend) now have free membership in the "I didn't read my instructions book club".

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED - REJUVENATION

Each battery chemistry has it's own rules. Each manufacturer has it's own charging suggestions for optimum usage. Each photographer has his own mind and according to St. Murphy-Laws each home or office has it's own electrical, spikes, brownouts, back-wiring and other anomalies.  

Combine them... your unit might not be up to specs. In percentage here are the top reasons.
40%   You might of sulphated the battery by not charging it after use, for a few months
20%   You ran it too far down and left it there under 5.8 volts triggering the battery safety.
10%   Reversed wall outlets, or bad surged outlet.  Surge strip effect charging and grounding.
10%   Nature -  Lightning strike, bolt or a flood, surges and brownouts. You cannot predict wear and tear on electrical digital products and batteries because the power sources, your electrical supply really have no standards and are so different regionally and even things vary door to door. The weather this winter and summer  have been brutal and spikes are killers.
20%   Things get old, like you and me.

NOT ALL IS LOST!
Remember one of the things we work on is simplicity and field repairable or easy and fast shop time. I will gladly look at for which there is no charge except return postage and parts. Now lets say you really screwed it up.  We will inspect it and will call and advise you of what we found.

On most repairs with the newer batteries which may exhibit low numbers from improper use, I can de-sulphate and recharge the battery and there is no charge for this repair except postage return.  Usually that was lack of charging or over used at a function and drained.  Two years and older batteries mistreated I will suggest a replacement. A bad wire, weak, solder joint, anything correctable that is an anomaly, we take care of.  

Any neglect or abuse is on your dime. That means dropped boxes, usually indicated by the dent on the bottom, or the edge, the loose battery tells me the battery dis-lodged usually by dropping, sometimes temperature extremes can loosen the tac that holds it in place, but it is easily repairable and does not stop its use in the field. It is designed to continued functioning which is why we use the heavier impact stranded fire-resistant wire and it is even heavier on the upgrade.



UPGRADES - NOT JUST A FACELIFT

If you have an older BLACK BOX or a TUXEDO vintage 2008-9 or older, call me if you do not know.  

Most BLACK BOX and Tuxedos may be upgraded for a small fee to the new 2013 higher performance model.  Everything in this world needs an uplift sooner or later.


Just ask Joan Rivers and Kim Kardashian, both women have assets that must be upgraded from time to time to achieve the maximum amount of performance in their careers.  

We know Joan does it with her wit and humor, and some of the ugliest jewelry around on QVC.  Do people really wear that over gaudy, overpriced crap?  I have seen nicer stuff from primitive tribes.

We are still trying to figure out what Kim actually does as a celebrant in the way of talent, but readily admit she has the ass-ets for it. There is an old Armenian proverb that says the "Kardashians should always enter the room backwards thus putting their best face forward".  Not all Armenians believe this but since the Kardashians barter in this form of self-indulgence for money, they are a target rich commodity in the realty TV world.

The ideal time is when it is in for service because it is inexpensive, you already shipped it, paid postage and reduces shipping costs.  And not just a bluff and shine, or tweak shown above. Basically the unit gets torn apart to zero, and rebuilt to give you further years of service 


OLDER ( SINGLE PORT) BLACK BOX UPGRADES

UPGRADED TO 2013 Standards - SPECIAL $65.00 plus return postage. (11.85 USPS) 
with Battery If Needed.  Combined you are basically getting a new unit.

1- Total Disassembly of entire unit.

2- Remove old decals and clean case as best. Cases may be sanded, polished or cosmetically enhanced.

3- Fittings -  D rings replaced as needed. New rivets.

4- Back Tab reinstalled and rivets drilled out, removed and reset.

5- 2nd DIN added and RCA removed, Two Dins Installed in 2012 configuration.

6- All new RoHS high capacity fireproof wiring installed. (Airline proof)

7- RED CAP the DINS for the airlines.

8- Charger is checked and cable upgraded if needed with connectors and DIN plug.

9- All new wiring, hand soldered, all insulated, no connectors to wear or age. Meets Euro standards.

10- Flash cables checked, fixed free, upgraded, cleaned of heat and corrosion, retested and field checked.  

11- If the battery tests or looks like it's shot, new higher power batteries (20% more power) installed for the 65.00x,  generally if old one does not pass muster while it is here for upgrade. You save postage that way by not having it returned to me on another date by not wasting $11.85 postage


TUXEDOS - OLDER 

UPGRADED TO 2013 Standards - SPECIAL $50.00 plus return postage. (11.85 USPS) 

1- Total Disassembly of entire unit.

2- Remove old decals and clean case as best. Cases may be sanded, polished or cosmetically enhanced.

3- NEW Clip.com BELT CLIP. We remove the "inch worm', ring holder, seal the holes and install a new Clip and tab.

4- Back Tab reinstalled and rivets drilled out, removed and reset for new tab

5- RCA removed, install a mini off-on switch in it's place.

6- All new RoHS high capacity fireproof wiring installed. (Airline proof)

7- RED CAP the DIN for the airlines.

8- Charger is checked and cable upgraded if needed with connectors and DIN plug.

9- All new wiring, hand soldered, all insulated, no connectors to wear or age. Meets Euro standards.

10- Flash cables checked, fixed free, upgraded, cleaned of heat and corrosion, retested and field checked.  

11- Replace the battery.