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Posted by Gene N [Email] (#1094) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Gene N) on Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:24:02 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: E-Z Pass Battery Life, MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 30 Nov 2019 06:38:49
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...when my wife drove through a lowering gate 7 years ago when our transponder battery crapped out. Fortunately, the gate was mounted on springs so there was no damage, but I was pretty startled sitting in the passenger seat. Up to that point I thought that that the transponder was RF powered like key cards. We had one of the first EZ-Passes from Maryland even though we live in Virginia because we were traveling up and down the East Coast with kid sports and college. Virginia had a system that was totally incompatible with every other state. Virginia later converted to EZ-Pass, but Maryland was cheaper so I kept my account with them.

Maryland sent us a new transponder for $7.50 and later they were free. I took the old transponder apart and found a large lithium coin cell soldered to a single circuit board. The coin cell was an odd size, but I was able to source one online. The cost for the cell was $12 so it was an easy decision to toss the transponder in the trash bin and get a new one. Maryland eventually just started send out replacements without prompting because a bad transponder meant a shortfall in revenue.

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