2024-05-02 (Th) BadgeMakerRepair COMPLETED

The drive belts seemed in good shape, but my prints were spotty and faint. I did not know what caused that, so I considered returning the printer. I searched for other people selling the same printer. One promising option came without a power unit, so I looked for a replacement 24V adapter.

When I began packing up my current purchase, I saw that my unit came with a 19.5V adapter. I connected a variable power supply and set it to 24 volts. The printer encountered a new error because it tore the ribbon. I replaced the new belt with a tighter one, but it did not change the outcome. I reduced the voltage to 22.5V, and the printer worked perfectly!

Underpowering the unit meant the printer head could not reach full temperature, but the electronics and motors worked well enough to print poorly. The stock adapter was rated for 3A, and my variable supply was set to provide 5A. Too much available current led to excessive heat from the print head that melted the ribbon to the card and caused the breaking.

I spent a lot more time fixing this printer than I wanted, but I am happy to see it working. The alignment is spectacular, and my cards are comparable to those I ordered from online sellers.
Working badge printer

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