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MiniSting Trouble Shoot

Most often requested MiniSting Trouble Shooting Solutions

IP values (ms) show up after pressing measure
IP is not a default measurement type and it not needed for wenner ASTM-G57, IEEE 80 or any other typical grounding, lightning protection, corrosion control test, etc. It also slows down the resistivity measurements.

Solution: Remove IP measurement type:

Menu 8 (Press 8 and change Item 3 from RES/IP to RES)

MiniSting will not turn on after battery charge or shipment
Check the main fuse on the face plate.

The power switch may have been turned on in shipment and the auto-turn off is disabled.
Internal battery may be depleted or the charger is not working.

1. Charge internal battery
2. Connect external battery and power cycle off (wait 5 seconds) turn on. The on/off procedure is required.
3. Replace internal battery and/or charger
Please see battery details here: MiniSting External Battery and Boost Mode

MiniSting is showing USER, AUTO or Swift Mode
This function may appear “stuck” on Auto if USER MODE is active

• Press 1(menu 1) and set the array type (F1) for RESISTANCE or WENNER.
• Press 6(menu 6) and then F1 and set the Swift option to OFF with + or - keys. Press MEN to go back

Note that M1 Array type USER is only used for an older interface no longer manufactured called Swift Mode.

If this mode appears, it is best if you check all your menus as follows and clear the memory:

Clear Memory: go to menu 3 by pressing the number 3 key. Press F3/F1 followed by the . (dot) key to erase the memory from previously recorded data. Make sure that all important data in memory are downloaded to a computer prior to erasing the memory if it is needed. Press MEN to get back to menu 3.


MiniSting is showing negative Record# (#: )

Erase memory
Press F3 on menu 3 to get to the "ERASE MEMORY menu.” The screen will look like this:
Press F1 to erase the data memory, then press "." to confirm that the memory really shall be erased.
Press F2 followed by the “.” (dot) key to erase the USER MODE command files in memory. Note that the command files can only be erased if the data memory has been erased. If the data memory is not empty when an attempt is made to erase the USER MODE command files (USER RAM) the following message is issued: “Error: data in RAM!”

Here is a guide for wenner ASTM G-57 Measurements to double check settings prior to testing:
Wenner Guide for MiniSting