What are the electrical components of the OGO™ ORIGIN?

In this article, we take a closer look at the electrical components that power the OGO™ ORIGIN, offering insight into the technology behind this innovative system. Understanding these key components will not only help you make the most of your unit.

Lets Talk Power-jpg1. Power Button 

  • Functions: Your OGO™ ORIGIN's power button has two functions: 
      1. It illuminates when the urine bottle is full, indicating the need for emptying.
      2. When pressed, it sends a signal to start a 12V motor.
  • Operation: This motor, which operates on a 12V DC power system with a voltage range of 9.0-15.0V, is responsible for turning a set of gears (cogs).
    As the motor spins, it's connected to the bottom of the solids bin. When it engages with these cogs, they, in turn, move the agitator's arms, which stir the compost mixture inside the solids bin.
  • Temperature Range: The motor is tested to function effectively in temperatures ranging from -20°C (-4°F) to 60°C (140°F).
  • Cycle Time: It's important to note that the motor only runs for 45 seconds each time the button is pressed. In older units, it used to run for 2 minutes.
    • The most common issue reported is, "My motor will not run/only runs when I hold the button."
      • These issues are usually traced back to the installation phase, particularly polarity errors. For instance, if the red (+positive) wire from the unit isn't correctly connected to the red (+positive) terminal from the battery, or if the black (-negative) wire isn't properly connected, the motor won't operate. It's somewhat similar to inserting batteries incorrectly into a TV remote.
        In older units without the updated timer, these issues can lead to tripping the PTC fuse, which, over time, can damage the timer and degrade the fuse's performance. If your unit isn't spinning for the full cycle, running at full speed, or isn't turning on, it's likely due to issues related to the timer, fuse, and motor.
        These were some of the key reasons behind changing the timer to address and prevent these issues. If your unit isn't functioning correctly, disconnect it and contact us right away. Our team can often troubleshoot over the phone and initiate a warranty claim on the same day. If replacement parts are needed, we'll ship them immediately.
  • Common Issues: The motor has a very low fail rate. Corrosion will begin if in wet conditions continuously. If you are installing in a wet bath ensure you intall on a raised surface to prevent water from pooling underneath.

2. Agitation System

  • Function: The agitator system in your OGO™ ORIGIN serves a crucial purpose: to thoroughly blend your compost medium with solid waste, preventing clumping and simplifying the emptying process. Additionally, this system plays a vital role in maintaining the essential balance of airflow and moisture within the mixture.
  • Operation: Comprising two cogs, a stir rod, and an agitator, this system is situated within your solids bin. Its operation is straightforward: when you press the power button, it activates the motor and timer, running for a 45-second cycle. The system stops automatically after this time, ensuring efficient mixing without the need for continuous monitoring.
  • Common Issues: 
    • "My solids bin is jumping" or "My agitator arms are not spinning"
      These problems may occur if the cog at the bottom of the bin isn't securely engaged with the motor's cog. Ensure that the base insert is not raised and that the solids bin is correctly seated inside the motor cog.
    • Earlier Model Issues: Some earlier models may experience specific issues that have since been identified and corrected. If your unit encounters any of these issues, please contact us. We can assist you in filing a warranty claim and updating your unit to resolve these issues.
      • Agitator scrapping the sides of the bin.
      • Cog stripped out. Most common is on the solids bin side.
      • Mixture is not being stirred in one location.
      • Labored movement when button is pushed.
    • Solution, New Agitator: In our pursuit of superior quality, we've made significant improvements. We transitioned from hand-welded agitators, which presented quality challenges, to precision machines. This shift has made a world of difference. Think of it like upgrading from an unbalanced washing machine to one with a consistently balanced agitator. The result is a more reliable and effective performance.New Agitator-png


3. Urine Sensor

  • Function: To alert you when your urine bottle is full, we utilize a sensor that activates the LED light on your power button.
  • Operation: This sensor is known as a capacitive sensor, which is an electronic device capable of detecting solid or liquid targets without physical contact. It works by emitting an electrical field from its sensing end. When this field is disrupted, the sensor detects it.

    The sensor includes a sensitivity dial that's calibrated to detect rising liquid levels. However, if the sensor light is constantly on or doesn't respond to liquid levels, you may need to recalibrate it. This process is explained in detail in our downloadable guide.

    When adjusting the sensor's sensitivity, some trial and error may be necessary. It's essential to monitor the levels or use water to ensure that the indicator light activates when it should. Neglecting this can lead to urine bottle overflow.

4. Ventilation Fan

Fan Location
  • Function: The ventilation fan in your unit plays a crucial role. It's designed to run quietly and continuously, assisting with moisture control and maintaining an anaerobic state in the compost mixture.
  • Operation: The fan, a small component situated behind the vent housing on your unit's corner, has specific specifications. It operates at a fan speed of 3500 RPM (±10%), with a rated voltage of 12 Volts and a rated current of 0.02A. It's designed to be quiet, with a noise level of 14.00 dBA. It has an airflow rate of 4.3 CFM and generates a fan air pressure of 1.79 mm H2O. The fan has a lifespan of 40,000 hours at 25°C and holds certifications for CE and RoHS compliance.
  • Power: Importantly, the fan draws about 0.48Ah of power per day, and its presence indicates that your unit is correctly wired and ready for use.
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