Swaro Laser Guide Problems ??

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Broz, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I must just be lucky. I bought a new Swaro Laser Guide about 1 1/2 years ago. First hunting season, here is what it did. I was using it, and it just quit... No reticle, nothing, no matter how many times I pushed or held the button. So I removed the battery, then replaced it and it was working again. I then installed a new battery. Still every once in a while it did it again. R & R the battery and it was fine. It was happening more frequently so I sent it in. They repaired it , and sent it back. This fall... same thing.... I called them and they next day aired me a brand new unit. That was a week or so ago. Today I was ranging elk with the new one and it did the same thing. I grabbed my back-up Leica CRF from my bag and ranged them but they were now moving out. So when I got back home I removed the battery , replaced it, and the new one is working again. WTF???????????? I just recently picked up another laserguide from a member here so I still have two to carry with me...:rolleyes:

    I just wondered if anyone else has ever had this problem with the laser guide or heard of it happening to anyone else. I am almost embarressed to call Swaro , this is crazy!! I hear everyone brag about them and I cant trust mine as far as I can throw it...

    Jeff
     
  2. 7STDUBBERU

    7STDUBBERU Well-Known Member

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    What I have noticed on my LG and my hunting buddies LG is that while using it I will lose the reticle. If I move my eye around or move the LG slightly it will reappear. It is like it if I do not look thru them perfectly the reticle sort of fades out and then back in as I "search" for it. I hope this makes sense.....
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed this as well. I found it helps me if I hold it a bit farther away from my eye. But this is not the same problem I am having. The reticle is gone, and the unit needs to re-boot. The only wat to get it to function again is remove and replace the battery.

    Thanks for the reply!

    Jeff
     
  4. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Me, too.
     
  5. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Broz,

    Cleaning the battery and the contacts even though they might look clean
    does some amazing things. I love to do it with a pencil’s eraser.
     
  6. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I experienced the same situation with my original LG too. I called Swaro and sent it back. They shipped me a new unit. Unfortunately, the new LG is exactly the same. Eye position and angle is critical to get a clear and bright image depending upon how the eye piece is adjusted for focus. The manual should explain this so shooters would know that this is normal for the LG. I'm getting use to it but they should work this problem out. None of the other laser rangefinders have this problem.

    I still keep an old Bushnell 1000 around as a back-up. The display is brighter and readouts are MUCH faster. It just doesn't work well for ranging over long distances.
     
  7. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Clarification:

    My "me, too" means I learned you sometimes have to re-position your eye to see the characters.
     
  8. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Yes eye postion is critical, I've owned my Laser guide for about 4 years now if memeory serves
     
  9. mudbug

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    I was using it, and it just quit... No reticle, nothing, no matter how many times I pushed or held the button. So I removed the battery, then replaced it and it was working again. I then installed a new battery. Still every once in a while it did it again. R & R the battery and it was fine.


    Broz, I had this same thing happen with my first swaro rangefinder I bought in 2006. I returned it to Bass Pro and got another the following year. I have only had it "freeze up" once and it happened when I was trying to range an antelope last year in Wyoming and like you I removed the battery and replaced it worked fine afterwards. I think it happened because my buddy was trying to range the antelope to many times to fast. This year in Wyoming i had no problems with it.

    And, yes I position does seem to be critical to see the reticle well.

    Mudbug
     
  10. ss7mm

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    I guess maybe I got lucky but I bought mine 04-06-05 and all I ever do to it is clean it and put in a new battery each spring and another new battery each fall just before hunting season starts. I never try and run the battery as long as possible and figure it's a cheap investment a couple of times a year for as much as I use it.

    It's never skipped a beat and has ranged millions of times. Well, maybe not millions of times but it seems like it.:)

    I don't know if it's the earlier model or just the way I look through it but I've never had a problem with the reticle disappearing. Since reading this I can make it disappear but I have to really get it way out of alignment with my eye to make it fade away.

    Hind sight is great but I sure wish I would have purchased two at the time I bought this one. The price has really gone up.:)
     
  11. phorwath

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    No problems with mine yet either. Used it for about 2 years now. BTW, my original battery lasted ~ two years also, and that would be the equivalent of about 12-15 hunts. I carry a spare battery in my backpack with me. When I received the low battery signal on a mt goat hunt two weeks ago, slipped in the new replacement battery and off to the races again. Simply replacing the battery once per year is probably a good SOP though, in case the backpack and LRF end up separated in the heat of the moment.

    Hope you get it figure out & corrected.
     
  12. 7mmSendaro

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    Other than sensitivity to eye position others have noted, I've had issues with mine. I've had it about a year.
     
  13. Broz

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    Thanks guys, but rest assurred this is not an eye alignment problem and this is a one week old unit. I really was looking forward to having one I could trust... But this is not the first time I was ranging game and a swaro failed me. That is why I carry a spare. In fact I now own 2 Laser Guides and a Leica CRF. They get comparred a lot in the field. Trust me I am not abusing them and the batteries are NOT the problem. I guess some laser guides have a circut problem that causes them to freeze and need re-booted. Looks like "Mudbug" has had two of them do it also. I will talk to Swaro again on monday (we are on a first name basis) :) Then I will report in here. Now please don't think I am trying to knock a great company like Swarro,,, I am not. They WILL take care of this I am sure. I just insist on being able to trust my equipment and I will NOT take a long range shot until a get a few repeated ranges on the quary. I feel I owe that to the animal.

    Jeff
     
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  14. NJS

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    This thread is a good reminder that although we think of laser range finders as "Optics"... they are a combination of optics and electronics... That is why they are warranteed for two years... not longer. We wouldn't expect a computer to have a long warranty... but we think a rangefinder should have a 5 or 10 year warranty like true optics do...

    If they were engineered well enough to warrent a longer warranty, we wouldn't be buying them for the price we are now... NJS