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I flooded my S&S strobe (was using Ni-Cad batteries)

Discussion in 'Sea&Sea' started by JohnN, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. JohnN

    JohnN Solo Diver

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    How best to clean the corrosion and junk from the terminals?
     
  2. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

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    First use baking powder to neutralize the battery acid! I had a blown battery and did it even adding a tiny bit of water to wash it around. I repeated till adding a new batch of soda the bubbling stopped.
    I thought my strobe was gonna be toast but the battery compartment is sealed from the rest of the strobe, and I finished the trip happily shooting away.
     
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  3. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    I flooded mine too. Here is what I did (learned from the captain of Palau Aggressor II) to clean my Sea & Sea YS110 corroded battery contacts:
    1. Heat 1/4 glass cup of 4.5% vinegar in microwave for a minute.
    2. Pour some of the warm vinegar to the battery compartment.
    3. Let the solution clean the corroded contact for a few seconds.
    4. Drain out the vinegar out of the battery compartment.
    5. Flush the compartment with water.
    6. Flush the compartment with 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.
    7. Let it dry by evaporation.

    The metal contact turns to shiny metal as if it just came out of the box :)
     
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  4. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

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    The acid/vinegar would definitely clean the terminals, but I would just dab it on the terminals after the baking soda treatment if your battery exploded as mine did.
     
  5. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    I hope I never have to use this but I will remember this. Thank you! I guess vinegar is easy to find on a resort or liveaboard...alcohol maybe not so much unless there’s some in first aid. Maybe I need some in a save a dive kit? :)
     

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