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Revision to BLTouch Troubleshooting

Marc Boivin

The BLTouch is an attractive Z probe option because it works on any surface, is relatively cheap, and provides good accuracy and repeatability. However, it can be tricky to get working. This guide will provide some troubleshooting tips for the most commonly encountered problems.
-* '''Avoid Clones.''' This guide assumes you are using a genuine BLTouch from Antclabs. There are clones available, but many users have encountered quality issues using them. The most current version of the BLTouch is the [https://www.antclabs.com/store|BLTouch-Smart V2 from Antclabs.] Most clones are a knockoff of the older BLTouch Classic and may require a resistor to function properly with 3.3v logic boards. You must ask yourself, are you really saving any money on the clone if you end up having to buy 2 anyway just to get a working one?
+* '''Avoid Clones.''' This guide assumes you are using a genuine BLTouch from Antclabs. There are clones available, but many users have encountered quality issues using them. The most current version of the BLTouch is the [https://www.antclabs.com/store|BLTouch-Smart V3.1 from Antclabs.] Most clones are a knockoff of the older BLTouch Classic and may require a resistor to function properly with 3.3v logic boards. You must ask yourself, are you really saving any money on the clone if you end up having to buy 2 anyway just to get a working one?
* '''Double Check Your Wiring.''' [[Connecting a Z probe#Section_BLTouch|Follow the installation guide carefully.]] The BLTouch has 5 wires that must be properly connected to function. Check for a loose crimp connection, or a broken wire with a multimeter.
* * '''Cut the Trace.''' Version2 BLTouch Smart probes have a trace on the PCB which can be cut to allow safe functionality with 3.3v logic board, such as that used by the Duet. Use a sharp xacto knife to cut the trace completely. Use a multimeter to verify that it is completely cut. The Duet should be able to handle it without cutting the trace, but there have been user reports of problems being resolved after making sure the trace is cut.

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