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Glenn:

--- Quote from: DoctorKnow on November 05, 2019, 01:48:02 PM ---Vice grips on the top of the shaft. Then wiggle the magnet bar back and forth as you pull it off while pulling the vice grip. It's not easy. Maybe put some spray on it like WD-40 first to help loosen the magnet bar. The wires for the solar panel are soldered to a regulator board. The solar panel is just glued to the plastic wind topper portion of the outer fan/wind part. You just carefully pry them off with a small flat tool.

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This is very helpful! Thanks so much for posting this.

DoctorKnow:

--- Quote from: Glenn on November 07, 2019, 01:26:55 PM ---
--- Quote from: DoctorKnow on November 05, 2019, 01:48:02 PM ---Vice grips on the top of the shaft. Then wiggle the magnet bar back and forth as you pull it off while pulling the vice grip. It's not easy. Maybe put some spray on it like WD-40 first to help loosen the magnet bar. The wires for the solar panel are soldered to a regulator board. The solar panel is just glued to the plastic wind topper portion of the outer fan/wind part. You just carefully pry them off with a small flat tool.

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This is very helpful! Thanks so much for posting this.

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No prob. Hope you figure out the issues. We can help if you are not sure.

Glenn:
Me too! It may not get resolved until Spring, but I'll get there eventually.

DoctorKnow:
If you need a replacement fan motor, these will work nicely...

https://www.amazon.com/Topoox-1730RPM-Electric-Turbine-Generator/dp/B07Q44YYKG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Topoox+6+Pack+DC+3V+1730RPM+Mini+Electric+Motor&qid=1574963418&sr=8-1

rct:

--- Quote from: DoctorKnow on December 02, 2019, 12:42:46 PM ---If you need a replacement fan motor, these will work nicely...

https://www.amazon.com/Topoox-1730RPM-Electric-Turbine-Generator/dp/B07Q44YYKG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Topoox+6+Pack+DC+3V+1730RPM+Mini+Electric+Motor&qid=1574963418&sr=8-1

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Thanks for this. How recently did you order those?

(They may have changed. Most popular review.  1 star reviews are up to 28%.)


--- Quote ---My company purchased 2 lots of these motors. The first was a test lot of 6 motors. They worked for our classroom windmill application beautifully! They required low RPM to light an LED. We then ordered 180 additional motors. The part number was the same as the first lot, and they looked the same on the outside, but the motors functioned completely differently. They were high RPM motors with only 2 ohm resistance, vs the 55 ohm low RPM motors that we needed. We returned the 180 motors to Amazon for a refund and received an apology from Topoox. We are still looking for motors like the first lot, but Topoox has not been responsive. Donít buy these motors since as of a few weeks ago they did not match the product description.

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$8 for 6 motors isn't a big risk, but could chew up some time. Is resistance the best way to test before installing?

Any recommendations for testing the motors/panels, especially when you don't have a lot of good sunlight?

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