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Burned up my muzzlefan battery pack by Tychoaussie Burned up my muzzlefan battery pack by Tychoaussie
I experienced what could have been a potential disaster when in San Francisco. The 2000 MaH NiMH rechargable battery pack I use to power my fans has been awesome, and was capable of powering my fans for eight hours per charge. Unfortunately the connectors I use in the harness are subject to sweat contamination, and one of them finally hard-shorted. I had luckily not left the hotel room yet, or it could've been really bad. The connector shorted, the fans instantly stopped turning, and within seconds, the whole harness melted and smoke filled my fursuit head. I tore off the head, ripped the connector in half, but by then the harness had melted it's insulation, so I had to quickly unzip my suit and tear the battery loose from the now smoking wires. It was a close call as the battery itself was now smoking badly. My battery holder has been ruined and there are scorch marks inside the fursuit from the flames. If I had made it into the square when this all went down, I might not have noticed until I had caught fire a very public way. Geez that would've been embarrassing, if not outright catastrophic.  

So... Lessons learned?

#1: Use better connectors with strain relief that cannot short out.
#2: Install inline fuses nice and close to the battery itself. 0.5 amps ought to do it. 

So it's back to the drawing board for my muzzlefan design before Tycho Aussie gets out and about again.

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Angelwolf92 Dec 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg! that could have been awful! I'm glad nothing worse happened
Tychoaussie Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Me too. Going up in flames in the center of Union Square would have been totally humiliating. Had I been injured and the fursuit destroyed it probably would have ended Tycho Aussie as we know it. I don't think I could ever replace him or the magic contained within. 
Angelwolf92 Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That would have been terrible :/ would you have designed another?
Tychoaussie Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I probably would design another but I'm not sure if it'd be Tycho Aussie. There is just so much identity tied up in this fellow. Then there's the idea of having to strip in public, I dont think I could've lived that down.
Angelwolf92 Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man yeah. After that it'd be pretty hard to bring Tycho back :/
Dancing-Kitten Dec 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Gosh, that could have been really bad! I'm glad that you (and your suit) are okay!
Nyaliva Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeez, that must've been scary! It's lucky you're okay. Will Tycho be out of commission for Christmas?
Tychoaussie Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
New parts are on the way, and Tycho will be fine without the muzzlefan in the mean time, just for shorter stints. I really don't have any Christmas fursuiting plans at the moment anyway ~ I should make a trip to the mall or somethin' :D Tonight would be a good night
MrEd301 Dec 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer

What a close call!! I'm glad you weren't injured, and that Tycho suffered minimal damage! You are one lucky person! I would hate to imagine what would have happened if you weren't in the room at the time.. I assume you disconnect the battery when you aren't wearing Tycho. 

Definitely a lesson to be learned. Remove or disconnect batteries when not in use!

Go for the heavy duty connectors, and putting a fuse in the circuit is a small cost for a lot of protection!!

Tychoaussie Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just ordered a replacement battery pack, a set of better connectors that I will SOLDER into the harness, some fuse holders and half a dozen one-amp fuses. That way I won't have to worry about burning up next time.
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