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In Topic: The new Mini Vivid 5 Vacuum Leak Detector.

10 December 2018 - 07:32 PM

I bought my V4 direct from Miso at Vivid. No problem shipping to Canada, great person to deal with. I've had no issues with mine at all, though I did just have to replace the battery. The manual says "good for about 100 hours", but I got a lot more than that, and Miso sent a spare battery with the unit that made it a quick swap.

In Topic: Nauticam Vacuum Valve II

10 December 2018 - 07:30 PM

I have the Vivid leak detector on my Canon 7D system. I don't have one on my G16 Ikelite system. I can also replace the Ikelite system for under $1000 (used) if it were to flood. I can't replace the 7D system without spending a LOT more than that.


So the leak detector is insurance on the expensive system.


So much so that yesterday when I was getting ready to dive, it wouldn't turn on. The battery was dead (just used up, no problem). Given the time frame, I just called the dive rather than dive without it. Later in the day I changed the battery (easy to do) and then let it sit under vacuum overnight (turned off). This morning I turned it on, verified the vacuum and went diving. Simply put, I will NOT dive that camera without a leak detector.

In Topic: Water condensation

24 October 2018 - 02:37 PM

The real value of the vacuum valve, IMO, is when you are unsure of something. For example, last week I assembled everything as usual, but for some reason the back wouldn't 'seat' without a few attempts. Even though I knew in the end it was seated and latched properly, without the vacuum valve I would have taken it all apart a few times 'just to be sure'. With the vacuum valve, once I could see the o-ring and seal looked good, I just turned it on and pulled the vacuum. Then the flashing green light all day simply confirmed all was well.


So no more second-guessing and worrying and redoing things over and over. It's all about peace of mind. :-)

In Topic: O-ring lube

17 September 2018 - 10:09 AM

Ive been using Silica Electra-Chemplex 710 for well over a decade now on all my non-o2 clean o-rings, including many different camera housings, strobe battery covers, DPV and even dry-glove rings. Wonderful stuff and not all that expensive.

In Topic: Older DS-125 - service or replace?

12 September 2018 - 01:56 PM

On a related note, all of my sync cord problems were the cord, not the connectors. I spend weeks trying to troubleshoot and diagnose my DS51 problem, only to discover it was the "power wire" in the cable. New cable solved the problem.


(* on my G16 Ikelite TTL housing, the TTL circuit board is in the housing, but the power for the board comes from the strobe. Poor batteries can display the same problem as a bad cord, but changing the batteries for new ones eliminates that problem.)