upgrading V2 to V2+?

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  1. Devaji

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    Hey Logan,
    I was shopping your site trying to get my wish list down...haha I thought I saw a while back there was an option for upgrading the photon V2 to the V2+?

    not that i am unhappy with the V2 was just wondering...
    cheers
    Deva
     
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    has anyone done this? I got my chip upgrade kit in. any tips and tricks or instructions?
     
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    Ok guys I went a head and gave it a go.
    No Info on the web or instrustions so I thought I would do a write up. In the end it is pretty easy but with a little help it will make it supper fast.


    Fallow at your own risk...

    This is what your upgrade V2 to V2+ PCB chip will look like.
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Tools that you will need:
    Needle nose pliers
    Small screwdriver
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    Steep one:
    Disconnect light from power - that should be a given.

    Start by unscewing the small scews on bottom of light. 13 for each fan section. I have the 24" v2 So 26scres total.
    I suggest putting them in a small bowl or cup.
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    Step two:
    Remove side plates. 4 screws. Each side.
    *they are different than the others.

    Remove top.
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    Step 3:
    Locate Pcb board to be replaced.
    It's on the opposite side of the power cord.

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Step 4:

    Unscrew grounding wire?? ( not sure what it is just guessing.) It's the yellow one.
    once it's unscrewed you can remove it from the PCB board. there might be some red goo that holds it together but it does come out. the LED lens are easy to remove and put back so dont worry about that.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Step 5:
    Unscrew the bolts that are holding down the PCB board there are 2 of them.
    The silver ones -finding this step took awhile never worked with electric boards before so it was a shoot in the dark. [​IMG]
     
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    Step 6:

    Now that the screws are out you can left up the board to get you the plug on the right side. There is a red goo that is holding it in place. Take the end of your screw drive and cut it away.
    And pull plug out.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Now you have removed the old PCB board.
    Reverse steps to put new one in.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Step 7:
    Plug in plug you just removed in New blue board.
    Make sure it's in there good. be mindful to get wires back on the right side of the light. out of the way.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Step 8
    Attach the other plug that screws in to the yellow screw.

    Place PCB board Back on heat sink, be mindful to line up holes for the sliver bolts that hold it in place.

    Screw in sliver bolts that hold it in place.
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    more to come...
     
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    Step 9
    Make sure all LED lenses are in place all wires look good and all connections secure and put back on top of light and sides.

    Be mindful of the 8 flat screws they go on the ends.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Step 10 plug in and test!
    Worked like a charm! Using new controller on old light. So now its a V2+
    Will test that I can run both lights -older V2 just upgraded and brand new V2+ on same new controller tomoorw and report back.
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to make this write up! I will include a link to it in the item page for the upgrade kit if you don't mind.
     
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    yeah please do, hopefully it will help out other reefers upgrade there light!
     
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