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February 20, 2018, 12:24:32 AM
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Is it more cost effective to send the APW3 back to Bitmain for repair or just buy a new one? Or does anyone know where I could send it in the states
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February 20, 2018, 12:54:54 AM
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Sending anything directly back to Bitmain is usually not very cost effective (especially with postage costs), and you're most likely better off purchasing a better power supply than the APW3. They're not great PSUs in the first place, and it's easy to find server PSUs with the same power or more around the same price. With server PSUs you can either get a breakout board and put connectors onto it or find pinouts for the PSU and solder on connectors yourself.

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February 20, 2018, 04:47:07 PM
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Bitmain now has a service center in southern california. The wait times and shipping costs have been dramatically reduced.

Stop buying industrial miners, running them at home, and then complaining about the noise.
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February 20, 2018, 04:52:05 PM
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Is it more cost effective to send the APW3 back to Bitmain for repair or just buy a new one? Or does anyone know where I could send it in the states

Even with the US service center mentioned you're looking at shipping a $105.00 PSU back and forth. Not counting the cost of repairs. Here's one from Amazon for $199.00 and it qualifies for Prime. http://amzn.to/2EHArB9

So add that up, also if you do not have a spare your miner is down all that time making zero $$$

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February 20, 2018, 05:36:33 PM
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Is it more cost effective to send the APW3 back to Bitmain for repair or just buy a new one? Or does anyone know where I could send it in the states

Even with the US service center mentioned you're looking at shipping a $105.00 PSU back and forth. Not counting the cost of repairs. Here's one from Amazon for $199.00 and it qualifies for Prime. http://amzn.to/2EHArB9

So add that up, also if you do not have a spare your miner is down all that time making zero $$$


The bitmain APW3 is a terrible power supply. Telling someone to pay double retail for one is just plain mean. There are so many better options out there.

Stop buying industrial miners, running them at home, and then complaining about the noise.
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February 20, 2018, 05:38:14 PM
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Is it more cost effective to send the APW3 back to Bitmain for repair or just buy a new one? Or does anyone know where I could send it in the states

Even with the US service center mentioned you're looking at shipping a $105.00 PSU back and forth. Not counting the cost of repairs. Here's one from Amazon for $199.00 and it qualifies for Prime. http://amzn.to/2EHArB9

So add that up, also if you do not have a spare your miner is down all that time making zero $$$


The bitmain APW3 is a terrible power supply. Telling someone to pay double retail for one is just plain mean. There are so many better options out there.

Not "telling" or advising either way, just comparing the pricing.

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February 20, 2018, 06:41:57 PM
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I would never buy a Bitmain product from anywhere other than Bitmain. 

Note that Amazon is not sourcing that miner, its just somebody reselling/scalping though Amazon.  Stories abound of people buying batches of Bitmain goods, keeping the cream, and selling off the rest just to do it again.   For instance, if I was unscrupulous, I could sell off APW3++ power supplies that only started at 60F+ - they would look like new, and would likely run for most.  No well to tell if a power supply has been "tested" by the seller...

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February 20, 2018, 06:49:08 PM
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I would never buy a Bitmain product from anywhere other than Bitmain. 

Note that Amazon is not sourcing that miner, its just somebody reselling/scalping though Amazon.  Stories abound of people buying batches of Bitmain goods, keeping the cream, and selling off the rest just to do it again.   For instance, if I was unscrupulous, I could sell off APW3++ power supplies that only started at 60F+ - they would look like new, and would likely run for most.  No well to tell if a power supply has been "tested" by the seller...

While I agree Bitmain should come from Bitmain in the case of the miners themselves, I was simply trying to illustrate the economics of being down for that length of time, paying for shipping both ways and a repair vs picking one up with Prime from Amazon. The PSU I linked is fulfilled (https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=olp_offerlisting?ie=UTF8&nodeId=106096011&pop-up=1) by Amazon. So with Prime you can have it in ~ 2 days *and* have some sort of Amazon protection.

I've done that exact same thing before with no issues.

Now AGAIN, I am not arguing the merits of the unit, simply thinking through the economics of repair vs a new one of the same brand and spec.

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