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Member Since: December 14, 2013

Country: United States

  • Well I finally had a talk with tech support, and it’s a problem with these solenoids. There’s not really a fix for it yet, but I found that if the plunger hits something just short of it’s full throw, it won’t get stuck. So they won’t really work for just playing with them, but they should work if you have them in some kind of setup and fine tune it so they never reach their full throw.

    Also, I don’t think diodes have any influence, cause I didn’t have any diodes in my circuit…. I was just playing with it and a couple of AAs on my desk. If I had been actually using in an application, or if I hadn’t been using alkaline, I would have used diodes and everything.

  • I have the same sticking problem, and I talked to tech support about it. Apparently it’s a common problem with these solenoids. It’s not a magnet thing, it just gets stuck mechanically. There’s not really a fix for it yet, but I found that if the plunger hits something just short of it’s full throw, it won’t get stuck. So they won’t really work for just playing with them, but they should work if you have them in some kind of setup and fine tune it so they never reach their full throw.

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