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Dees_Troy Sunday, February 2nd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
For automag, none. Spyder e-frames and Black Dragun.
Marker Setup: Z-body mag, Z-vavle on/off, Hurricane regulator, foamie bolt, 32 degrees 68/4500 air tank
Strengths: Rubber grips on the ELCD have a good feel to them, not much need for DYE stickies or whatever you like here. LCD screen is back lit, however I prefer the larger "green" LCD of the Dragun. Menu system is very easy to use and the ELCD has a lot of options not found on other electronic frames.

You can make this product work. In the bad section I'll go over what doesn't work and why. Here, you'll find what I did to fix the ELCD.

First off, I take no responsibility for any damages caused by anyone attempting this modification. This modification is risky. The modification will run your ELCD out of specifications and may damage the ELCD and could possibly cause it to explode. Also, even if the ELCD works with this modification, this modification may reduce the life of your ELCD.

My ELCD needs more than a single 9V battery to operate. Most likely, yours will too. I did install the ELCD on/off and the clear plastic bumper for the bolt, but for me, this still was't enough. At radio shack you can purchase a bag of 9V battery harnesses. The bag should come with 5 of them, but you will only need 3. If you aren't good with a soldering iron, you may want to purchase some wire butt connectors, but these will be bulky compared to soldering. Take 3 of your 9V battery connectors and wire them up in series, red wire to black wire, red wire to black wire, red wire to black wire. Be sure to tape over the connection you made with electrical tape to ensure that you do not short out your ELCD. Finally, install 2 9V batteries on 2 of the 3 9V connectors and plug the 3rd connector directly to the battery plug on your ELCD. You should be able to fit one of the 9V batteries inside the frame in the normal battery spot. I ran the ELCD's battery connector and the other 9V battery through the top of the rubber grip, and, for my one day of playing, simply taped the 2nd battery and other wires to the gun. Eventually I hope to find a more permanent home for my other battery.

In my case I used 2 NiMH batteries that provided a final voltage of 16.8V to the ELCD. Each NiMH battery was outputting 8.7V before installation. I do not recommend that you use 2 of the NiMH batteries from the ELCD itself as when these are fully charged using the car charger, they put out 12V each, giving you 24V when plugged into your mod.

For those more handy with a soldering iron, you may wish to replace the 10V, 6800uf capacitor on the ELCD with one that can withstand more than 10V. If the capacitor on your gun explodes or leaks, so long as the leakage does not damage the rest of the internal parts, you could find someone to replace it later down the road, should it ever need it.

Personally I have used this mod for one day, and one day only. After 600 shots my ELCD had not missed firing once when I pulled the trigger and worked without any damage to the ELCD. Long term use may eventually damage the ELCD, but it is a risk I am willing to take.

Other possibilities for mods would be a step-up transformer. To save on weight on your marker, you could buy larger batteries, such as two 7.2V RC car batteries and wear them on your belt kind of like a remote coil system. With additional effort you could even use the belt mounted batteries to power an electronic hopper and really cut down on your gun's actual weight. Batteries mounted on your belt like this would also last a very long time, good for those 12 to 48 hour scenario games where you would be carrying your gun around a lot and, no matter how strong you happened to be, would eventually make your arms sore.
Weaknesses: My ELCD does not operate with a standard 9V alkaline battery at all. The instructions to clearly state that the battery included with the ELCD, once fully charged, actually puts out about 12V. I found with mine that unless the battery was putting out at least 10.5V, the ELCD had large difficulties with firing the gun every time I pulled the trigger. At 9V, I had to pull the trigger 3 or 4 times in semi-auto mode before the gun itself would fire. Even with the included battery fully charged to 12V, I found that the ELCD would still occasionally not fire when I pulled the trigger. See the "good" section for simple instructions on how to modify your ELCD to take 2 9V batteries.

Some users may find the ELCD frame to be too wide for their hands. There are no after-market grips for the ELCD.
Conclusion: Once I got my ELCD firing on every trigger pull, it was a great product. I don't really recommend this product unless you find it for a good price and are willing to put a little effort into making it work. Realistically, the ELCD should simply be plug and go, but the 2 ELCDs I have seen were not. Still, doing a 2 battery mod is easier for me than paying even more for a Hyperframe or an e-Mag.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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