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  • Bad Battery Power Section on Para DI?

    Had an embarrassing moment last night during a set where I lent my PARA DI to my wife's band. They were all set to go except they needed a line for her accordion, but I could not get the darn thing to power up. Tried changing the 9V battery, but even with a fresh 9V the red light would just flicker and go dead. Tried running phantom power through the sound board, but that didn't work either (I don't think the sound guy knew what he was going). SO...just had to mic the accordion and run straight to board, no big, but I didn't exactly save the day.

    Anyway, got the thing home and tested this morning on my powered USB interface. Phantom power works fine. Still no luck with the battery section. If I just drop the battery into the cavity without the plastic drawer the thing powers up. So, my dear new LR Baggs community friends (), any pointers in terms of what I might do to fix this? Thanks and rock on!

  • #2
    Hey ChadRock,
    If you look inside of the battery compartment, do the battery tabs look bent at all?

    That's the only thing (that I can think of) that would explain why the battery would work by itself and not with the drawer.

    The only other times I've seen the battery light come on and then flicker off is when a TRS (balanced) cable was being used on the input. The Para DI needs a mono cable into it's input in order to correctly turn on, and stay on.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
      Hey ChadRock,
      If you look inside of the battery compartment, do the battery tabs look bent at all?

      That's the only thing (that I can think of) that would explain why the battery would work by itself and not with the drawer.

      The only other times I've seen the battery light come on and then flicker off is when a TRS (balanced) cable was being used on the input. The Para DI needs a mono cable into it's input in order to correctly turn on, and stay on.
      Hi Caleb, Thanks for your response!

      I'll double check the battery compartment tabs when I get home. As I recall they were definitely bent, kinda inequality looking' (e.g., < or >). They were both bent similarly, so I thought that might have been by design. If they are supposed to be straight, is it reasonable to get a tool that will bend them back into shape? Or is there a better play?

      I used a couple of different cables at home as inputs, all TS for sure.

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      • #4
        If you're not sure from looking from the inside of the compartment, you can unscrew the 4 screws on the back and look at it from there. If the plastic is broken where the contacts mount, then contacts will connect intermittently.

        If you want to email me a picture or two, that might be the easiest way to be sure. You can do that at [email protected].

        In any case, roughly how old is your DI?

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