Pinecil died after first use, housing gets very warm plugged into USB
Disclaimer: I don't own one of these devices.

(06-05-2021, 02:21 PM)deftdawg Wrote: It gets warm to the touch even when connected to a PC in DFU mode over 5v USB.

If you think it's faulty, please don't plug it into your computer Smile Although computers tend to have short-circuit protection, it's not perfect.

(06-05-2021, 02:21 PM)deftdawg Wrote: I suspect based on how warm it gets in 5 minutes in DFU mode with no tip, that this unit has a serious problem.   Can someone advise if it's normal for the housing of the unit to reach over 50C when not turned on?   I'm hessitant to leave it connected for too long for fear that it will melt or catch fire.

I would really not expect it to get so hot in just 5 minutes in update mode. The controller and screen should not be drawing enough current to do that.

When powering you should leave the tip connected I believe - otherwise if it is trying to heat the tip it's got nowhere but the handle to dissipate it.

Until you get to the bottom of what is going on, it's a smart idea not to leave it alone!

You should take it out of the housing and figure out where the heat is coming from - I would expect to see a chip getting pretty hot under that plastic cover - should be obvious with your thermal camera.

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RE: Pinecil died after first use, housing gets very warm plugged into USB - by barray - 06-06-2021, 03:30 AM

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