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In Topic: Flooded an Inon?

29 April 2008 - 01:26 PM

Just a bit of thread subject
. it seems that a few people are using sync cables to fire their first inon strobe then slaving their 2nd strobe via fibre optic cable from the first strobe.

is this the prefered method ?


As John notes in his post, using the fiber optic cable removes possible leak points (i.e., the bulkheads where the electrical sync cord plug into your housing and into the strobe). However, I use this method because the D180 doesn't have an electrical connection, only an optical one.

In Topic: Flooded an Inon?

29 April 2008 - 10:20 AM

Years ago on a liveaboard trip, I flooded my D180 the same way. And to make matters worse, I didn't find out until the next morning when I went to insert freshly charged batteries only to have a flood of brown goo pour out of the battery compartment along with a couple of exploded rechargeable AAs.

It's a testament to how well Inon seals the battery compartment from the rest of the strobe in that I was able to wipe out the brown goo, rinse the battery compartment with fresh water, wipe all the electrical connections with rubbing alcohol, dry with a hairdryer, put in fresh batteries, and have the strobe work fine for the rest of the trip. It suffered nothing more than discolored battery contacts. In fact, that was five years ago, and that strobe is still going strong (I use a fiber optic connection to slave it off my Z240).

In Topic: National Geographic

29 April 2008 - 10:11 AM

Thanks all, my move is to Texas, I will live close to James!



Oh wow. Welcome to Texas, Luiz! I've long admired your work and look forward to meeting and diving with you in the Flower Gardens!



In Topic: buoyance arms review

16 February 2008 - 03:15 PM

Seriously, is the high quality pipe insulation you get in the HW store really inferior to the material that the Stix floats are made from? It seems to be a heavier-duty version of the pool noodle stuff and looks a lot like all the pix I've seen of the floats. I keep hearing that pool noodles will compress at depth, but I haven't heard a definitive answer on the pipe insulation. Can anyone comment on how that stuff performs at 60 ft. or deeper?

I haven't tried the StiX floats yet, but they have to be better than pipe insulation from the hardware store. I tried that route on my last dive trip -- bought several grades and thickness of pipe insulation, cut them to fit my strobe arms (even angled the cuts so I could fold the arms) and toted them all with me to Indonesia. While I could see the pipe insulation giving a slight bit of a buoyancy boost during the first dive, I didn't really feel the difference that much. Over the course of the week, the insulation successively compressed flatter and flatter. Because I'm lazy, I left it on for the whole week, and at the end of the trip when I was packing everything to go home, I had a grand old time peeling the completely flat compressed insulation off the arms. It was about the same thickness as the material in my 1/2 mm wetsuit.

The pool noodles definitely perform better than pipe insulation, and the StiX are probably a grade or two hardier than the pool noodles. I'm looking forward to trying out the StiX, especially the buoyancy collar.

In Topic: lens choice for Lembeh

27 November 2007 - 01:58 PM

I'd love to travel as a pair, it makes it loads easier. Just chuck out all your wifes hairdryers, straightners, curling tongs etc and put in your electronics!

Haha, wish I had hairdryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc. that I can toss out of my bags to lighten the load. But unfortunately, most of my international dive trips have been add-ons to business trips, so not only am I hauling around dive gear, camera bodies, lenses, housings, strobes, and laptops, etc., but also meeting materials, business clothing and shoes and accessories, and other random work materials.

Luckily, the company springs for business class when I travel internationally, so I do get to take advantage of greater weight limits for my checked bags. It's definitely a great perk and one that makes packing for my upcoming return trip to Jakarta/Lembeh/Bunaken a lot easier!