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Old 08-07-2012, 03:04 AM
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Ballast timers that ACTUALLY WORK!

First off, much thanks to Skeeler for donating some old ballast timers for experimenting with!

I finally have a ballast timer solution that works. After a few beers and some reverse engineering, I was able to rewrite the firmware that controls the ballast timer. I got rid of all of the crappy logic that they tried to use to detect when the tanks are empty. They now work as a timed switch that will fill/empty for a set amount of time then turn off. No more turning them on only to have them shut off after 5 seconds.

Now, to reprogram them is not for the feint of heart. You need to pull the timer box, remove the modules, take the modules apart, connect a programmer, reprogram, then reassemble. It also requires a special programmer and the correct firmware file. But, if anyone on here is as big of a geek about this stuff as I am, you have the tools and you want to reprogram your timers, let me know, I'll send you the file and tell you how to do it.

Here is a picture of the setup I used but you can use other programmers also.

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:50 AM
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Wow, interesting but looks hard to do, even for a geek like me

How do you connect the module to your reprogrammer ? need to weld some wires ? And how much for that MPLAB PM3 ?
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:59 AM
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what address can i send you my timers to be reprogramed? heck you can even sell the 20 minute timers i added that i can't get to program
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:16 AM
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I have one more you can reprogram
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:01 AM
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tr6coug reprogrammed mine and they work great. The OEM were flakey at best and now after about 25 days of actual use, they have performed flawless............

Hey, I think thats a picture of my timers being reprogrammed.........
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:49 AM
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Wow, interesting but looks hard to do, even for a geek like me

How do you connect the module to your reprogrammer ? need to weld some wires ? And how much for that MPLAB PM3 ?
The timer has a programming port (thanks Jabsco!) on the board, so no soldering is required. the PM3 programmer is about $900, but it is WAY overkill for this application, but I have it so I use it. You can use any cheap programmer that supports Microchip products.

If anyone wants to tackle this, let me know and I'll hook you up.

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tr6coug reprogrammed mine and they work great. The OEM were flakey at best and now after about 25 days of actual use, they have performed flawless............

Hey, I think thats a picture of my timers being reprogrammed.........
Yup, Brooks is my Guinea Pig this year.

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Cool, send me a PM.



Several people asked me about doing this for them, so I set it up on my website. www.wakeblaster.com . I think the cost is reasonable, basically covers my time for disassembly, programming, test, reassembly etc. I'm always open to trading for beer though
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:57 AM
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i hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate my timers. Any idea if this will work in the 2007 timers? I'll package them up and send tomorrow if it will... I'll even ship a case of beer to you
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:59 AM
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i hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate my timers. Any idea if this will work in the 2007 timers? I'll package them up and send tomorrow if it will... I'll even ship a case of beer to you
yes! i have already been in contact with eric to get rid of the damm things in my 07 x2! you will probably beat me to it since i have to get up to the storage to pull the box. hopefully this weekend.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:30 PM
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Yup, the '07 timers are what I reprogrammed in my boat.
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Just curious if we will be able to adjust the fill times (like you can with stock timers) after you re-program?
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