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Offline mole02

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What Disto?
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:18:24 am »
Any ideas please on buying a new Disto?
I know they’ve changed over the years and the info sounds a little bewildering! Lol
I’ll need one for above ground surveying as well as underground.
Many thanks

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Re: What Disto?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 04:25:24 pm »
If you are wanting a DistoX (i.e. one that can be converted to do compass and clino readings as well) then you need to purchase either a "Disto A2" or a "Disto X310".

You'll then want to speak with someone to get a conversion done for you, unless you are particularity handy with a soldering iron!
The end is where we start....

Offline Benfool

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Re: What Disto?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 08:58:05 am »
if you want to convert to a distox, buy an x310 not an a2. The a2s (it was actually the a3s!) were used for the old conversion and the boards haven't been available for years - these days you want a distox2 which uses the x310.

I currently have a stock of the batteries needed to do the conversion and I'm more than happy to do this for you.

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Re: What Disto?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 09:45:48 am »
Ok guys thanks very much.
I spoke with Leica and the D510 also does inclination, but quite a bit more expensive.
A 310 it is then.
Does changing the battery invalidate the guarantee?

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Re: What Disto?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 07:36:41 pm »
The work required to convert the original Leica instrument will invalidate the guarantee, be it board or battery.

Offline Benfool

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Re: What Disto?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 08:19:32 pm »
In order to convert a x310 to a Distox, you'll need to replace the main board and solder in a non-ferrous lithium ion battery .

The replacement distox board adds a compass and clino to the x310, as well as a bluetooth module. Its generally industry standard for cave surveying these days.

The conversion will certainly void the Leica warranty, as you'll need to open it up and replace one of the two boards in there. The process itself isn't too difficult, but does involve some soldering.

As I said in my previous message, I'm more than happy to do the conversion for you (I've probably done over 100 in the last couple of years). If you're interested send me an email on ben.t.wright (at) gmail.com.

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