Then yes, it could be the tip. They do burn out or get damaged. I had to replace mine a couple of years ago.
I've also had internal wiring or whatever go bad on a thread zapper, but have no qualms about replacing it with a new one. I misplaced mine for a couple days earlier this week and was almost lost without it. I tried using a lighter on one piece years ago with disastrous results and will never go back to that - too risky for me!!
I have ordered a new tip. If it is an internal wire problem I will get a new one because I too am lost without it. I have not had it for a while a really miss the ease of it. I have resorted to using a needle and heating up with a cigarette lighter but you have to be fast!
Om Namah Shivaya
I bought new batteries, and my thread zapper still didn't work. I got new Tip, still didnt work. Then DH suggested, I check how the batteries were put into the Zapper. So I got a new Thread Zapper.
That one didn't work, DH replaced the batteries, according to Instructions, WALA! They both work. So,Now I have one in my "Embroirdery sewing box" and one with my beading tools.
( just in case your wondering, "Nope! Not ever gonna live that down"LOL
Blessed are those who can Give, without remembering
and Take with out Forgetting
Mary - your post made me laugh. You can live it down. I don't know anyone that hasn't done the same thing.
Made me laugh too. Usually can't see a thing without my glasses on and have done that very same thing. At least you have two now.