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Solar 1200 "wet" charge

Discussion in 'Light and Motion' started by mulla, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. mulla

    mulla Solo Diver

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    Hi All,

    Might be a silly question. I was wondering if I can charge the Sola 1200 when the connectors are still wet? I've always waited till it's completely dry before charging the unit, but I'm going on a liveaboard soon and may not have time to wait for it to dry completely to top up.

    I've googled and various website mention a "wet charge" does it imply it can be charged when wet? But nothing on the official L&M site.


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No problem. Just blow them dry if you are worried about it.
     
  3. mulla

    mulla Solo Diver

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    Cheers, thanks for the quick response. Just don't want the boat to catch on fire :wink:
     
  4. fbk

    fbk Barracuda

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    Light and motion refer to them as "wet contacts" however one thing to be aware of is that salt water inside the contact + electric current is going to drastically increase corrosion. There are several threads on Sola charging problems many of which are as a result of this and I know personally of a number of cases where corrosion on the contacts has caused issues or resulted in lights being replaced. As said you can blow them dry but make sure you rinse them out with fresh water. There may even be a compressed air gun on the liveaboard for drying cameras. I am anal about keeping the contacts clean on both my Solas and so far no problems.
     
  5. mulla

    mulla Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
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    Thanks fbk for the advice. I'm planning on rinsing with fresh water first before attempting to wet charge it.
     
  6. lightandmotion

    lightandmotion Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    Mulla - this is a great question and it looks like Australia beat us to the answer!
    If you ever do get some built up corrosion on your contacts, check out these steps to get them shining gold again :)

    Have a great trip!!

    Sincerely,

    The Light and Motion Team
     
  7. mulla

    mulla Solo Diver

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    Location: Australia
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    Thanks for the cleaning tip. Will have to make sure they have vinegar onboard. Maybe I can use a bit of rolled up tissue like the steel wool for drying! :)
     

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