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06-05-2016 12:23 AM

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Curiosity question – I have the Wixey angle gauge and it seems as though I’m always having to change batteries in it. I had it about a year before I had to change out the original battery. In the last 3 months or so I’ve gone through 4 batteries. The first replacement I chalked up to maybe to just getting a bum battery, but now I’m wondering if I simply was lucky that the original battery lasted so long.

Not including the battery power tools such as drills, the gauge is the only battery powered small tool I keep in the garage. I don’t think heat would be an issue as the last 3 or 4 months of weather in Texas has not been the usual sweltering, I can’t breath out here weather. I’m thinking the gauge has simply gone bad – having nothing other than the need to change batteries more often than I think I should have to.

For those of you have the gauge – how often are you having to replace its battery? Is there some way to test the gauge to see if its gone bad?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 06-05-2016 12:31 AM

Hi Betsy. I have two of those gages, neither is the Wixie brand but the first one would eat up a 2032 battery in a month…... so I always removed the battery when I was done with it. I have since bought a Grizzly digital angel gage and the batteries stay just fine in then when it is off. I don’t know why the difference, but there must be some leakage in the circuit. Being a Wixie, maybe they will replace it…........ those are the expensive ones.


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#2 posted 06-05-2016 12:35 AM

It needs battery when it’s off to remember the angle. I’ve heard of this problem once or twice before but it seems excessive. I’ve had mine for a year and a half and I haven’t changed mine yet.

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#3 posted 06-05-2016 12:51 AM

Thanks guys – I planned on emailing the Wixie folks and see what they say, but wanted to see if I was alone in the issue.

Jim would “leakage” essentially be a circuit that’s not closed?

I’m not sure this is even possible – but could dust get into the body of the gauge causing the circuit to stay open?

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#4 posted 06-05-2016 12:58 AM

this is normal for this Wixie. I have had one for years and changed a lot of batteries until I started taking the battery out between uses.

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#5 posted 06-05-2016 01:08 AM

Here’s a link to the Wixey page describing the battery life for both Type I & II.

“TheFridge” hit it on the nose.

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#6 posted 06-05-2016 02:14 AM

I’m on board with Jim & Jim. I went thru several batteries before I started taking them out. I started using painters tape to keep the battery with the gauge.

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#7 posted 06-05-2016 02:16 AM

Thanks guys. That’s an interesting read.

The on-but-off fact is interesting. I think I’ll start taking my battery out between uses – seems like the easiest solution.

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#8 posted 06-05-2016 12:48 PM

I dont have a dog in this hunt, but I just wanna say That Sucks. You’d think they could make one that wouldn’t drain the battery like that. There’s plenty of other battery-operated things that have to store small amounts of data that dont drain the battery that fast. Wonder why Wixey cant do the same?

My blood pressure cuffs (we have 2) store both the wife’s and my readings and I dont change the batteries but about once a year.

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#9 posted 06-05-2016 01:43 PM

I’ve had my Wixey for about 5 years. I change the battery about every 6 months. I never take it out between uses.
Just my experience with mine. Like many things, the new and improved model may not be so.

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#10 posted 06-06-2016 12:21 AM

I have this same gauge, and before purchasing it, I had read the same comments about the batteries draining quickly. So I just do what the others above do, and only put the battery in when I’m using it, then take the battery out when I’m done. So far, I’ve got about 2 years life out of the battery.

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#11 posted 06-06-2016 12:41 AM

Looks like mine is like a lot of other gages, it eats batteries. I now take them out when not in use. I also bought some of those cheap harbor freight batteries that I’m using now, in case I forget to take it out.

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#12 posted 06-06-2016 01:15 AM

I have the Wixey WR365 and this model uses 2 AA batteries. The batteries last much much longer than the wixeys using the smaller watch battery. I keep this one by my table saw and use it alot. I also have an older Wixey that uses the watch battery and 3 or 4 months of use is about normal. The older one stays by my miter saw.

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#13 posted 06-06-2016 01:44 AM

We have discussed this on several occasions, but I cannot readily find the threads, even by scrolling thorough my own history, and I posted several comments. This is a known “feature” of that model. The battery stays on so that the unit can remember the zero level calibration. For the life of me I cannot see how this is a useful feature. I use my gauge on multiple machines and while I try to have all of them on the level, there are differences. I would ALWAYS re-zero the gauge before making ANY angle measurement. PERIOD! I do not care to have my gauge remember what the zero measurement on my table saw happened to be last week. For Pete’s sake, I might have used the mobile base to move it several times. What are the chances that it is back exactly where it was? I did not know that this was how that model gauge functioned when I purchased it. I would never purchase one that works like it again. I, like others, remove the battery after every use. What a pain in the butt! Buy a different model Wixey or another brand.

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#14 posted 06-06-2016 02:49 PM

This is a known “feature” of that model. The battery stays on so that the unit can remember the zero level calibration. For the life of me I cannot see how this is a useful feature. I, like others, remove the battery after every use. What a pain in the butt! Buy a different model Wixey or another brand.

- Kazooman

I learned early on (5 years or so ago) about this stupid “feature” and removed the batteries(when not in use) from all my digital measuring tools like angle finder/box,protractor,etc,but isn’t it strange that the digital calipers have been around longer than these devices and none that I know of, has this feature,when you turn them off, they stay off, no need to remember the last measurement or where the zero was.
I still have the same batteries in all my devices ,it goes to show you bad designs or features could cost money not just aggravation.

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#15 posted 06-06-2016 05:24 PM

The same thing happens with digital calipers. It’s only when you get to the expensive calipers (Mitutoyo) that the battery will last a long time. It has to do with the design of the circuitry. I take the battery out when not being used.

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