Ego Snow Blower Run-Time

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I own all Ego products and just purchased an Ego snow blower. I used two 5.0 batteries. My neighbor and I started at the same time. I moved a little faster but as I was almost done with my driveway the red lights came on. Really, already? Only about 20 minutes in. Snow is 5-6 inch of lightly packed (semi wetish) snow. I alternated between slow speed and max speed. It threw it good and far. My driveway is your average 2 car size and just a little longer. By the time I started the sidewalk the red began flashing and I pulled it in and set it to charge immediately. Meanwhile my neighbor was still going. I'll admit, I had gas envy for a moment. Now I gotta wait 30 min just to finish the last little bit. Is two 5.0 enough? I couldn't image doing it with anything less. Should Ego have defaulted to two 7.5? I'm kind of happy I got it but disappointed at its run-time.
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  • just a little disappointment.

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Were both batteries drained? Think i read somewhere where a defective unit was only draining one battery bay... Sounds familiar....
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In in Minnesota. It's been lightly snowing since last night I'd say a little over 7 inches piled. I bought mine, brought it home and without charging I did my small 4 car driveway and about 20ft of sidewalk
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I didn't use the two 5.0 batteries that came with it. I used two that I've been using that I know were good and fully charged. After I recharged them I went out and snow had gathered another 2-3 inches. I kept the setting on low and did my drive way, my sidewalk and re-did a neighbor's sidewalk and was still in the green. Max speed and deep-ish snow seem to suck the juice (even with two 5.0).

I did encounter a new problem though. If I turn on the LED with the batteries in, the blower's indicator flashes orange preventing me from starting the blower. If I turn off the LEDs, start the blower, then turn the LEDs on, it all works.
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That sounds like a manufacturing defect.  I can turn my LED's on first just fine.  You shouldn't have to be running the paddles just to turn the lights on!  
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@Erik - When I said 2 car I meant width hah. My driveway is definitely a 4 car driveway, about your size maybe a tad longer.
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@dudedigital, after I did that it died, I plugged batteries in went to watch football came back and re did the driveway, 90ft of sidewalk, and messed around in street leds on all that time, batteries still showed green. 5.0ah batteries. Not sure why my pics upload upside down.
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The uploader on this forum for some reason tilts my pictures.
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If you're uploading from a mobile device, then it's likely formatted like that because of how you held your phone when you took the pic (all iPhones and most modern Android phones use their potentiometer to know what orientation you're holding your device).  

You'll need to open the photo in an editor and save it properly orientated prior to uploading, even if it looks right on your phone.  PicMonkey is free and a great one on both iOS and Android.

If you don't have a smartphone, then you're holding your phone wrong.  

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Or you could edit it with Paint.NET on the computer.
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This is actually the only forum that does it when I upload from my galaxy s6. I even tried rotating the picture and uploading it. It still wanted to put it upside down or sideways. Guess I'll just have to use imgur
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@Erik - as I said, it's an issue with Android's formatting.  It happens on the iPhone sometimes, too.  PicMonkey (among others) is a free app for Android and will let you save your rotated photo with the orientation corrected.  Give it a try!

I've experienced the problem on more than just this forum, but I do belong to quite a few.  But I can upload from my iPhone to this forum without issue.
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Did you keep it on low speed the whole time?
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Dudedigital nope high speed to see what it could do.
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Try stopping in between movements. I did two driveways, mine and my neighbors, similar as you described in size with no issue. I also have a third battery as a spare and it can run off one battery if needed.
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I'm as envious of you all having snow as much as that kickin' snow blower.   I hate living in the south.
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Well I love living in the south. I don't like cold, and I'm proud to be in Texas.
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They make a unit that comes with two 7.5. Maybe should have gone with that one.
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I just bought mine yesterday. Brought it home and charged both batteries. I have about a 30' to 40' single car driveway plus sidewalks in the back. We had about 4" to 5" of wet snow. Cleaned everything once and 3 hours later did it all over again on one charge.  Had almost 4" of snow the second time. The second time I used the LED lights. Very Nice feature at night. Even the neighbors were watching.


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Yeah, I think I will be more meticulous in timing duration next go.

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