How to Troubleshoot the xTool P2 “Air Pump Current” Error

Working with a new piece of equipment is bound to result in some hiccups along the way. Nevertheless, it’s still frustrating when something breaks and an exciting opportunity comes to a grinding halt.

A car diagnostic software displaying an "air pump current exception" error with options to ignore or confirm the issue.

After such a smooth setup process I was caught off guard when the “Air Pump Current” error popped up on the screen. This is the story of my time spent with the patient xTool support team, and how we managed to wrangle the error into submission!

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How It All Started

After an hour of run time, I received the P2 equivalent of a computer bluescreen:

A car diagnostic software displaying an "air pump current exception" error with options to ignore or confirm the issue.

While it may seem a little over the top to write an entire post on one error, I had so many misadventures along the way that I’m hoping I can help at least one person by sharing this experience.

What Not to Do

After experiencing such a successful setup following watching the xTool videos, I confidently hopped over to their website and found this article, promisingly titled “Air Pump Current Exception.” I started reading through the steps, feeling my confidence slip tremendously with each sentence. Step 2 covers checking the UI board and then step 3 involves replacing the entire air pump.


I mean, don’t get me wrong. Through the power of online video, I have performed tasks like troubleshooting and repairing a carpet shampooer and disassembling my dryer to successfully replace a bearing. But when we get into the world of testing voltage and current, we have stepped far beyond my creative world of paintbrushes and stencils.

Then, when I tried following the troubleshooting step where I clicked a link to test the air pump and nothing happened, I threw up my hands and reached out to customer service through email.

Pro Tip: Make sure the P2 machine is actually turned on when you click on the air pump testing link in step 2. (It’s remarkable how much better it works that way. *facepalm*)

The support staff was so pleasant and helpfully walked me through the testing steps. Our correspondence did not discuss anything involving UI or the air pump, although I had the back of the machine opened up just in case.

It did take a while to resolve issues because the support staff are located in Shenzhen China (presumably) and therefore are sleeping when I am up and working with the P2. They were very responsive, however, and their recommendations were thorough.

Pro Tip: When requesting assistance, send them the work log and the serial number of your machine to help them with the troubleshooting process. It is also more helpful to send them a video instead of just pictures.

Do This Instead

After walking through the troubleshooting process, I think the official guide may have the steps a little backward. So here’s what I recommend:

Hold your finger or a piece of paper under the nozzle with the air pump turned on and see if you feel air coming out.

Pro Tip: Unless you don’t have any air coming out of the laser head, I strongly recommend skipping tutorial steps 1-3 and starting on step 4 instead.

Since I could feel air coming out of the nozzle, the best thing for me to do was to clear the air tube connectors and laser outlet. Now I did have a little hint that this might be the case when I wiped my finger across the nozzle and found wood dust from processing. I thought that I had cleared the nozzle enough, but it turned out that it wasn’t.

And so the next struggle ensued. The instructions say to pull off the connecting hoses, but I swear mine were installed with E6000! The demonstrator in the troubleshooting video just pulled their hoses right off like it was nothing.

I tugged and pulled, and compressed that tiny little round clamp thingy and pulled some more. I even pulled out my pliers in a state of frustration and used them to grip the hoses, but was terrified of damaging such an expensive piece of equipment. Finally, in a last-ditch effort, I gave them a good hard yank and they pulled free.


Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to pull hard to remove the hoses.

The rest of the tear-down process was much smoother and went as outlined in the tutorial.

Pro tip: Placing a microfiber cloth on the slats provides a soft landing spot for the focus lens and all the other tiny pieces.

A simple toothpick was all that I needed to successfully clean the air tube connectors and the laser head outlet. While I had the laser head torn down, I went ahead and cleaned the lens with alcohol and a microfiber swab.

Pro Tip: While the tutorial recommends using plastic gloves to reassemble the focus lens, I find that sometimes those gloves can stick, so I prefer to use these microfiber gloves instead.

With everything cleaned up, it was time to put it all back together!

This part was much simpler, although I did find placing the coiled air pump hose back into place a little tricky. Just be careful not to pinch the air hose as you slide it back into its channel.

Post-Reassembly Testing

After reassembling the focus lens and various parts, I retested to make certain that the lens and mirrors were still properly aligned.

Final Thoughts

While this was not my favorite experience with the P2, it was helpful to learn about the machine and the support that xTool provides. It’s reassuring to know that xTool is upfront about problems that may occur (such as a failed air pump) and provide a variety of resources to help overcome them. (Let’s hope I don’t have to use them, though.)

Here’s a summary of my takeaways from the Air Pump Exception error:

  • When troubleshooting, always start with the simplest solution and work your way backward. It’s easy to complicate the situation unnecessarily when all the machine might need is a simple cleaning.
  • Don’t be afraid to tug on these hoses and fittings because they are tight! I’ve been pretty nervous about damaging the machine, because it’s soooo expensive. After this experience, I can say that it seems so well built that it might be able to survive even me! So dig in there and pull those connectors loose!
  • Shenzhen is 12 hours ahead of EST, so it can take a while to troubleshoot by email when I’m sleeping as they are working and vice versa. Providing detailed information, such as the work log, a video of my troubleshooting, and the serial number of the machine helped the tech support staff. Be sure to be as detailed and factual as possible so they can help you work through the problem.
  • Once the machine is reassembled, test, test, test! It’s easy to slip the lens in upside down, knock a mirror or the gantry out of alignment, so be sure to test to make sure that everything is properly aligned before jumping back in to start creating again.

Now that the P2 and I are back on good terms again, I’m looking forward to moving past this little glitch and creating something amazing!

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