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Apparently, AMB now sells a transponder that has to have a yearly subscription to work and you have to connect to it every few days for it to acknowledge it is live...

 

So Ebay is gonna be your best bet for a good used one most likely....

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42 minutes ago, ABR-Glen said:

There are places that will repair your battery powered transponder.

 By the way I found out that the used transponder that I bought works while I was at mid Ohio yesterday. I meant to test it with the head of timing and scoring before the race but we forgot. 

then about halfway through the race,  timing and scoring call down and asked if one of the pit marshals had a transponder in their pocket because they just did about 8 laps. 

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45 minutes ago, Justin9 said:

Apparently, AMB now sells a transponder that has to have a yearly subscription to work and you have to connect to it every few days for it to acknowledge it is live...

 

So Ebay is gonna be your best bet for a good used one most likely....

 

And the sellers know that AMB only sells transponders that require a subscription fee now so the prices have been adjusted to match…

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Rob how does $55 sound?  I would be willing to spend the money on that so if you want to give me your old transponder I'll get it fixed and use it as a backup :) 

 

http://www.transponderservices.com/repair-AMB-Mylaps-transponder-TranX2.html

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There's a company that uses a CNC type machine that does a precision cut to remove the battery and replace it with a new NiMH battery.  It costs $55 and they're based out of Texas.  A friend recently used them and it was quick and painless with a nearly unnoticable cut.  I don't know if it's the same one that Tyler just posted but I do recall seeing a picture of the CNC cutting out the bottom of the transponder.  Search google and you'll find them.  I did a quick search and don't see it for some reason.  

 

I had my battery replaced 4 year ago and have had zero issues.  I still get 4 flashes after a full charge, 4 years later.  

 

A few hints to prolong the battery life. 

1.  Always fully charge after a race weekend and before putting your transponder away (I do the same with our radios)

2.  Store the transponder in the cradle unplugged (it keeps it from transmitting but the battery will still eventually discharge)

3.  In the off season, charge your transponder once every 90 days.  

4.  I also store my radios/transponder in my house to avoid temp fluctuations (probably not necessary)

5.  Fully charge a day or two before the race weekend and keep in the cradle unplugged until the morning before (or evening before) the race. 

 

I usually still get 2 flashes when I remove the transponder after the weekend (3 days later) once I get home.  

 

EDIT:  The one Tyler posted is in Austrailia, the one is Texas is muellertoys.com.  The Texas one is what my friend used.  

 

$55 is way better than having to buy a subscription new one.  

 

http://www.muellertoys.com/amb-mylaps-racing-transponder-battery-service/

 

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I contacted Mueller toys.

 

The problem I have is that this has been done by somebody before.  The battery is all caked with some goop in there to make it weather proof.  I am not sure if it can be repaired again....

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