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    When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    My sMIG has been kind of acting strange on one of my Rebels, voltage has been jumping for no reason. Well today it decided to go into full on beast mode at 37.7 volts when set for 14ga, burned the wire back into the tip then shot out a flaming ball across the shop, picture was taken right after the fireworks, amps dropped off. Blew a hole right through one of the awning braces I was making also. I am sure it's going to die soon, it's jumped to 29 volts before but this is getting crazy!

    I will give ESAB a call this week and see what might be the problem.
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    That is pretty crazy. I have had the opposite happen with mine. Voltage drops way to low causing very cold or poppy welds.
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    ESAB had not heard of my problem, but did learn there is a system reset in the setup options (probably should have looked first). I did the reset and welded with it a few hours and did not have any problems so far. I got some good info on the Rebel boards and software. ESAB Technical service is top notch, said if I did have more problems to take it in and they would load bank it, update the software if needed, and check the boards.
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    what is load bank it? Max it's load and see what it does?
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    what is load bank it? Max it's load and see what it does?
    Exactly but not only to ensure it will make current, but hold it too.
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Slob View Post
    Exactly but not only to ensure it will make current, but hold it too.
    Good info thank you
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    Any updates after the reset? Did you reset it from the control panel?
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    Any updates after the reset? Did you reset it from the control panel?
    Unit seems to be back to welding fine, no issues since the reset.

    I did reset from the main control panel. I had to go back in after and set up all my parameters and presets again.
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    Re: When sMIG Has No Voltage Limits

    Ok just checking. Think I will try a reset next time I use it.
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