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Watched it and thought he should have gone into more details on the recap process. The vectrex is different from most other systems in that many of the caps require that you have solder on both the solder side and the component side as apparently there aren't actual vias on the pcb. I learned this myself when I recapped mine and found that the solder didn't flow all the way through because there isn't any material within the via that is there as it is just bare fibre. Console5 also mentions that it is best to solder both sides of the cap to make sure all traces the cap comes in contact with have solder on them.

 

Also it is worth mentioning that if you have't recapped one before, there are two 220uf caps hiding under the large heatsink on the power board. Those also have to be replaced and to make it easier, you solder them on the backside of the board. This also will increase their lifespan since they aren't under that heatsink oven anymore as the originals were.

 

So yeah, making the replacement color wheels was cool, but he should have pointed out those two facts to recap a Veccy.

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Watched it and thought he should have gone into more details on the recap process. The vectrex is different from most other systems in that many of the caps require that you have solder on both the solder side and the component side as apparently there aren't actual vias on the pcb. I learned this myself when I recapped mine and found that the solder didn't flow all the way through because there isn't any material within the via that is there as it is just bare fibre. Console5 also mentions that it is best to solder both sides of the cap to make sure all traces the cap comes in contact with have solder on them.

 

Also it is worth mentioning that if you have't recapped one before, there are two 220uf caps hiding under the large heatsink on the power board. Those also have to be replaced and to make it easier, you solder them on the backside of the board. This also will increase their lifespan since they aren't under that heatsink oven anymore as the originals were.

 

more like Ben Hack, amirite?

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Just a general question on recapping a Vectrex, mine has slightly wobbly vectors on certain games, would a capkit fix that? Are the vectors on a freshly capped Vectrex perfectly stable?

Depends on how wobbly you are talking about?

 

It can help in some cases, but to be honest, some vector wobble is just the nature of the Vectrex. If you could provide some video of a game that you've noticed it more it could help. There are also the caps to replace out the old one for the Vector integrator caps that could help.

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