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Screw stripped screw which connects power for recharging has striped after 3 years of use. Is a replacement available. Sky caddie wants to send in unit for repairs (during golf season - get serious!)

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The problem is that the screw is not stripped. The female end in the unit is made of brass, which is weaker and ususally is the part that strips, so buying a new screw is not usually the answer. A quick fix is using a spring operated clamp. The clamp is in the shape of an A, usually they are black plastic with 2 swivel orange tips on each end. You can get them at any hardward store. Buy the 6 inch long one, they cost about 2 dollars. Open the 2 orange tips out and clamp the back of the connection on the cord and on the top front of the unit. There is a small bump at the top front of the unit that will help hold the clamp in place Be sure that all of the prongs are lined up and touching the unit. You may have to wiggle the clamp around a little to get the cord to line up correctly. When you think it is connected solidly, gently set the unit down, plug it in and turn it on. If it is connected solidly you will see the battery indicator show it charging. I have been doing this for a couple of weeks now and it has become quite simple. It sucks to have to do this, but it works.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010

  • dwthoreson42 Dec 04, 2010

    Great suggestion, I just did it and now I am charging just as you said. It may ****, but at least I am not throwing away the unit just because they do not know how to make a simple connection. I am very unhappy with them as a company, they stink. They offered to sell me the SG5 for a couple hundred bucks more, why would I give them more money for a design flaw in their product?

    Thanks for taking the time to post this.
    Don in Ocala

  • dmcf43 Aug 17, 2011

    Clamp sounds good, was on a golf trip when this design flaw reared its ugly head. Used rubber bands to hold the contacts down. It worked and will continue using this method. Sending back for repair does not sound like an option. Would not buy another. Good golfing everyone.
    Don in Michigan

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