"I mean, I thought maybe it had an AC Adapter or something, but..."
I forget where exactly I established it most recently, but no, the magic clog was never fixed. It presumably CAN be fixed, but no one presently around knows how, so there's still excess ambient magic energy.
In theory, anyway. Sarah has kept up taking chomps out of it, after all.
"Say, Tedd, how are you certain there's not excess ambient magic energy? What if the wand's empty, there IS ambient magic energy, and Elliot DID resist the spell?"
"Pacing leads to conclusion jumping?"
"Pacing, it seeming like the logical conclusion, various seer senses confirming, yadda-yadda-yadda do you WANT excessive exposition?"
"I'm a hypothetical person who wants all the details, so yes. Obviously."