First the good news. Dug these yesterday.
Same site, same experience. Everything was really deep, and you had to dig ‘em all. Ended up digging 22 clad quarters. Are you kidding me? That’s alot.
The bad news is I got a weird error on the E-Trac: “OVER VOLTAGE”, and it shut down, and would not boot. Pulled the battery, kept trying, and so forth, so I went home. What else can you do?
I googled around, and could not find anything interesting (which, I imagine, will be the same experience for the next person who has this issue, and happens to land here), so I put the double AA pack in, and it booted fine. I put the rechargeable pack in, after just 15 minutes of recharging, and it was fine. Go figure. When I started the day, on a fully charged battery, it started with one bar. After charging for an hour, after this problem, it had all but one bar. Go figure.
So, I went back to the site, more to see if the machine was fine than anything else, and it was, and I also pulled the silver Q, making this a 9 silver site.
Today, I went back to the same site, same experience, except I pulled 24 clad quarters this time, one at an unbelievable 9 inches. Are you kidding me? I figured I had a silver on that one. But, I didn’t, in fact, I didn’t get a single silver all day. I’m in a less promising section of the site (field not as old), but the grade is true, so there should be a stray silver or two. Hopefully there will be in the future.
The fully charged battery died after just 3 hours today. At least I didn’t get that hideous message. I finished up on the AA pack.
So, I ordered the RMB Innovations replacement battery. Reading good things about it. Expect it on Friday; maybe I’ll get a chance to test it next week, we’ll see.
Interesting thing about this battery is that alot of comments (including one on the manufacturer’s site), suggest that this battery will give you more depth. Some people on the forums just come right out and claim that it does. I’m no engineer, but that has got to be absolute bullshit. But, it tickles your buying bone. It tickles your gullibility. People are naturally gullible, and will always buy hope and other irrationality, regardless of how obviously stupid the suggestion is. I’m not going to get too off-topic or offensive here, but you see this in the “real world” everyday. I’ll leave it to the role of the reader to come up with their own examples.
Well, my gullibility bone has been tickled (not that I had a choice; I need a new battery, and the OEM battery is apparently garbage). But, more depth from a battery? Are you kidding me? Do these people buy LRL machines as well. I know one prominent dealer that sells them, so someone must.
Well, the OEM battery is easy enough to carry around and swap out. When I get this new battery, maybe I’ll do some depth tests, then post the results. If someone wants to give me a free LRL machine, I’ll test that too (well, maybe not)