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    Question Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    What little tricks are there to replacing eco drive capacitors?
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    No trick >>>

    You have to find the correct one and buy it. I use swatchbattery.com. The replacement one has the piece already soldered onto it. Something you don't want to try. Mention to them that I told you if you don't mind. I am not sure if it will get you anything, but perhaps it will. I have used them to replace the capacitor on my Eco as well as those on several Seiko kinetics.

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    I just wonder how long these capacitors last? As I also have eco-drives and kinetics.

    These Watches are sold as never needing a new battery, which most of us on these forums know is'nt true!

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    I read somewhere on here recently that they last about 40 years. I also remember reading something to that effect when I looked into buying mine.
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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    Fouty years seems a long time. If that is true, how come the Guys above are changing capacitors in their Watches. Kinetic and eco-drive hav'nt been available anywhere near that long, perhaps only around ten years or so? I read somewhere that they should last between fifteen and twenty eight years.

    So I'm really confused.

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    How about 4 to 5 years? I cycle through my watches and it sometimes allows my Kinetics and Eco to run down. Somehow, I don't think letting them run down is good for them. They need to be constantly charged.

    At any rate, I don't think I have had to wait more than 5 years of inconsistent use before having to replace them.

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    That's a bit of a disappointment, not much point in buying kinetic or eco-drive then! You might just as well buy a normal quartz Watch at a much lower price!

    I think I will go completely mechanical or save up for a spring drive.

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    Quote Originally Posted by Radio_Daze View Post
    That's a bit of a disappointment, not much point in buying kinetic or eco-drive then! You might just as well buy a normal quartz Watch at a much lower price!

    I think I will go completely mechanical or save up for a spring drive.

    Perhaps, but there are so many cool options on the Eco's. Probably on the Kinetics as well, but I have not looked at them recently. So, do I find it bothersome? Yes. But the new capacitor may last longer, and I will be fine with that.

    There is a lot of fun that can be had in a sub-$300 Eco that you can't do on a regular quartz, not to mention the extra $$$ just to get into mechanicals and spring drive.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Replace Eco Drive capacitor

    Really this is all speculation. Does anyone have an eco-drive that has fizzled out?

    Where are you guys getting this information? If an ED is run-down how much does that reduce the capacitors life?

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    Uh no >>>

    Sorry, but I believe I had mentioned that mine had fizzled out. I had it less than five years.

    As I said, I cycled through mine so it may have been run down for a couple of months at a time. Now I leave it where light hits the dial.

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