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YS-01 Battery Cover Quiestion

Discussion in 'Sea&Sea Society' started by 1_T_Submariner, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. 1_T_Submariner

    1_T_Submariner Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Pontiac, IL
    I have a YS-01 probably 4 years old. I flooded a set of Batteries my fault Oring wasn't in groove. Ok So replaced ORing Clean contacts etc... Fresh batteries.

    Seems to work fine,

    A year later. I didn't have much opportunity for photos just lots of diving.

    Now the stobe is basically dead until I push on the battery cover. I have bent the tabs a bit to make sure they are making contact. IT seems to work intermittently once below 20 feet like pressure is pushing it in.

    Any Ideas?? Do the cover Cam action things wear out?

  2. d^2b

    d^2b Angel Fish

    I once had symptoms like that from some eneloop AAs that had become dented on the bottom (from use in a light with strong compression). Otherwise I occasionally have issues where bending the tabs up helps.
  3. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Salish Sea (Seattle)
    A flood both creates corrosion issues and can actually thin the metal if it's bad. You need to make sure all contacts are clean, Bending up the tabs on the tail piece can help. Carefully inspect the metal first to make sure there is enough thickness to bend without breaking. You can get replacement caps.
    Contacts inside the case need to be clean also. After shining them up I put a....very.....thin coat of silicone on them. Just a smidgen.

    Never tried electrical cleaner on them but that could be worth considering if the corrosion is bad.

    I wash out a flood well using warm water, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton swabs, etc.
    Then soak briefly with diluted warm vinegar. Watch for bubbling and cleaning up the corrosion. Rinse, neutralize with a bit of soda in water, rinse again, blow dry well, polish contacts, then silicone.
    If things aren't wrecked, that will generally get you going again.

    Most of the time the batteries are ruined. They should not be considered for strobes again. If you have equipment to test properly they might be useful for lower grade use after cleaning up....maybe. Better safe than sorry.
  4. Glenndini

    Glenndini Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
  5. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Usually eventually the lower contacts loose their spring tension and become brittle and break. You can get a replacement cap if you like.
    Sea & Sea YS-01/02/110a Battery Cap


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