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#62842 - 03/25/06 12:51 PM Waterproofing a photon
Trusbx Offline

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 397
Loc: Ed's Country
After putting together my minikit, I was thinking about how to waterproof a photon. I then remembered Bee using the gladwrap press n seal to pack his meds. So off to experiment.

I took a small photon-like led light and sealed it within the press and seal and dunked it in a bowl of water. About 20min later, i fished it out and could not detect any leakage and the light still worked fine.

Now i can waterproof the photon on my minikit....
LED light on underwater

LED after 20 min in water

Although i certainly won't go diving with it.....


#62843 - 03/25/06 02:34 PM Re: Waterproofing a photon
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
Neat idea! Thanks!

How well does the light transmit through the Press N Seal material?
"Learn survival skills when your life doesn't depend on it."

#62844 - 03/25/06 02:36 PM Re: Waterproofing a photon
Polak187 Offline

Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 1403
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Isnt photon waterproof anyway? I carry one on my dog tags and I swim with it, shower with it expose ti to sweat all the time and it keeps working like a charm.

#62846 - 03/25/06 06:33 PM Re: Waterproofing a photon
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
You seem to be an optimist sort of guy <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />....

Generally speaking, any electronic circuit, with voltage applied and exposed to water, is as good as dead....
Now, AFAIK, Photon III and Freedom models are somewhat waterproof, not models I and II.

#62847 - 03/25/06 08:41 PM Re: Waterproofing a photon

One of my photons got dunked. Barely worked when it came out. The leads of the LED were a corroded mess. Not fatal as a few quick brushes of steel wool put it back to normal but not waterproof either.


#62848 - 03/25/06 09:23 PM Re: Waterproofing a photon
anotherinkling Offline

Registered: 03/09/05
Posts: 109
Loc: Chicago
I've submerged my Microlight II a number of times. It doesn't stop working--it just won't shut off until it's dried out. No big deal, just looks funny having a glowing spot in your pants. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#62849 - 03/26/06 03:37 AM Re: Waterproofing a photon
SARbound Offline

Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 503
Loc: Quebec City, Canada
Amen. <img src="/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Press N' Seal is great... I use it all the time for food and PSK items. For example, I have a candle wrapped with a similar sized Bic lighter. Makes a nice waterproof combo.

"The only easy day was yesterday."

#62850 - 03/27/06 03:38 AM Re: Waterproofing a photon
Trusbx Offline

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 397
Loc: Ed's Country
I haven't been so lucky with my leds. Most of the 'waterresistant' photons or gerber led i've had were not so.
The lights didn't die, the cr2016 batteries did. They leaked out this black goop and made a mess of the inside. The led worked fine still with new batteries though...
Hence the need to look for a better solution..... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#62851 - 03/27/06 04:45 AM Re: Waterproofing a photon
lukus Offline

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 170
Loc: TEXAS (where else?)
I recall reading somewhere that some Navy Seals use the photons for close up work underwater in situations where they can't use their standard dive lights. They open them up and dab everything with silicone caulk. Probably a little experimentation to figure out where and how much, but if it's not good, let it cure and peel it off to try again.

#62852 - 03/27/06 07:47 AM Re: Waterproofing a photon
Trusbx Offline

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 397
Loc: Ed's Country
worth a try!

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