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I doubt that whether you use it for 5 gig or 30 gig has anything to do with its expected life span. But according to Wilson, how long you leave it plugged in, may have an effect.

I've had 4 of them (two at a time; 1 for houses and 1 for RV's), one lasted a yr, one fried in 4 months and two still going after 2 yrs.

when I called Wilson support about the one that only lasted 4 months, they told me they had a batch of boards prone to overheating, and they didn't recommend leaving these units plugged in 24/7. mine never get unplugged or turned off

these were all the older 4G-V model, not the current new model

 

 

GR 'Scott' Cundiff, on 17 Feb 2015 - 4:46 PM, said:

What do you think is the reasonable lifespan of a Wilson Sleek (4G-Verizon model) for fulltimers who use it for around 15 gigs a month?

 

I'm wondering what life expectancy one can expect using (abusing) one like that.

Jim

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If you leave it on all the time, the amount of GB isn't going to have much effect on the life. Since I use the amplifier & hotspot in the trailer to provide the internet while driving, mine is on pretty much 24/7. In my case, I've replaced them because of changes in technology (going from 3G to 4G or changing cell providers) rather than because of failure of the device.

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I've replaced them because of changes in technology rather than because of failure of the device.

 

X2. I think the longest I've run a single unit was around 3 years, but I've never had one fail on me. Then again.. mine only runs, on average, maybe 2-3 hours a day.

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Our Weboost 4G-S, runs so hot that it will burn you if you hold it in the wrong location too long. We've had vinyl burned by it. I was going to call and ask them if this was maybe a defective unit, until I read Technomadia's tip about placing some insulation between the amp and your phone or mifi - figured they must un hot.

 

Heat is the enemy of electronics, so I doubt the newer units will have much of a lifespan...

 

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Our Weboost 4G-S, runs so hot that it will burn you if you hold it in the wrong location too long. We've had vinyl burned by it. I was going to call and ask them if this was maybe a defective unit, until I read Technomadia's tip about placing some insulation between the amp and your phone or mifi - figured they must un hot.

 

Heat is the enemy of electronics, so I doubt the newer units will have much of a lifespan...

 

Best to all,

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Exactly - mount some sort of cooling device to keep the temperature down. The Wilson/WeBoost products use hardware driven amplification which can cause extreme heat and damage the components in the amplifier. Software driven amplifiers should not generate heat unless there is a problem.

 

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