[ QUOTE ] sygyzy said:
Kroll switches are known to have high failure rates. Just replace it or repair it (I think I read a post about how to do that around here, run a search)
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Yeh, I know about the notorious Kroll first hand. I did replace it - with one that was already known to work (the McLux). And, I also took it apart to see what was wrong with it...nothing was wrong that I could see. I even put it back in the McLux, and it worked there as before, but not in the VIP.
This doesn't make sense at all - especially when it has been working fine until just now.
Hi Chuck! Your holiday season is going just great I see!
But seriously, if you replaced the Kroll with a known functional one and it still does not work in the VIP yet the Twisty does(???), then you do indeed have a contact/resistance issue in the King's Crown tailpiece somewhere. I would invest in some Caig's ProGold (must be L100, no lesser numbers!) and follow the directions. It is basically a contact cleaner that you apply (comes in various formats such as needle dropper, brush-in-bottle, felt tip pen, etc.) on the affected surface/s (I would hit ALL the contact points/joints of the light since you'll be into it anyway) and then wipe off. You will usually get a nice black grunge after which you repeat until the cloth or whatever you use comes off clean, then a Very Sparing final application before screwing the parts back together.
If it STILL does not work then just send it back for a free service. All MR Bulk lights are Bulk-backed to the original purchasers (for a reasonable period of time, of course) - then again maybe I'm just in a holiday mood and will forget all about this come the new year (quick, send it now!)...seriously though, the Caig's will work wonders. Also very useful for stereo equipment contacts, VCRs, etc. And in even some of the really grunged-over poorly performing incandescents, cleaning the contacts makes them absolutely blast out the photons, visibly to the eye which means they become at least twice as bright. A good investment for all things electrical and not just the VIP.
You are right about my luck. In fact, I am heading off to the clinic right now to have another EGD, which is where they stick this thing down my throat and inflate it to break a constriction right above my stomach.
Back to the VIP: I clicked on the link that you provided. I got to their website alright, but they do not list a product that goes by "L100". It appears that they used to carry "ProGold GxL", but that has been changed to just "ProGold". Under that list I found products such as "ProGold ® G100L Needle Dispenser, 100% solution, 25 ml, Part No. G100L-25C". They offer a long list of different product numbers under ProGold. (The one thing they all seem to have in common is that they are all expensive.)
I had the same problem with my VIP before and had sent it back to Charlie for one of his free VIP Checkups, but decided that it would eventually be cheaper for me to buy some Caig ProGold and do my own servicing. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Other cleaners I tried didn't work, or worked only for a short period. I bought the 7.4ml bottle of Caig ProGold G100L from PartsExpress which is a few dollars cheaper than buying from Caig directly. Unfortunately, they don't have the 2ml squeeze tube, so that's still the cheapest option if you only want a little bit for the Kroll on the VIP.
Chuck, so sorry to hear of the health problem. Sucks having it at this time of year especially.
As for the ProGold, yup, them guys must have an alien galactical patent on it or something, nothing else really works as well to my experience. And the bright side to the expense is that a lil' dab'll do ya, so even the 2ml size goes a long way.