Spot Gen 3 repair

Submitted: Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 20:54
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The power switch on my Gen 3 no longer works. Does anyone know who can repair these devices in Oz?
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 22:55

Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 22:55
At the risk of incurring your wrath, have you checked that the batteries are ok?
Cheers Andrew
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Follow Up By: Geoff N (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 06, 2016 at 20:54

Saturday, Aug 06, 2016 at 20:54
And the switch doesn't work with the USB connection either.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 09:51

Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 09:51
I bought my Spot 2 from Roaming Technologies in Subiaco WA. Phone 1300 131 933.
They are a specialist company and seemed at the time to be very competent.
They could well be able to put you on to someone who could help.
Cheers
Andrew

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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 09:26

Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 09:26
Perhaps a phone call to the seller would yield a result.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 10:34

Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 10:34
Contact Findmespot and ask them. I found them to be very helpful when I had a problem a couple of years ago. You can phone or email.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 01:23

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 01:23
May not be worth fixing given you can buy them for under $180-.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Adele - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 13:16

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 13:16
Hi Geoff, Pivotel are the company responsible for import of the units to Australia/supply to Australian Distributors, so they would be the best people to contact, click here for their "contact us" page.
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 13:51

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 13:51
There's very little that is repairable in todays world - particularly when it comes to electronic items.

The cost of parts plus the cost of labour, usually runs to more than the depreciated value of the item.

Most places charge $100 hr for labour, add the exorbitant switch cost, and I couldn't see a switch repair costing less than the item replacement cost.

It's a very annoying and frustrating part of our society today, particularly for those of us old enough to be brought up in the age when you fixed everything and threw away nothing, unless it was totally destroyed.

The only way I get around the problem is taking the article apart myself, see how difficult the repair is, and try to source the replacement part from eBay or Gumtree.

Of course, half the time you're defeated by one-way screws - "no-user serviceable components inside" decals - or components set in deep epoxy resin, making removeability impossible.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Geoff N (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 07:50

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 07:50
Thanks, folks. I contacted Findmespot and it can't be fixed. Might get a new one, or might just go back to the EPIRB. Cheers!
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