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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D80
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  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2x Ikelite DS-125
  1. Hi. Long story short: Had bad strobe. Opened it up. See images. Full story: I discovered recently that one of my strobes was dead. I had seen fog inside the strobe during use earlier and just counted the days to the end. The strobe compartment had "melted" between my sporadic dives and unfortunately I had forgotten the battery attached, so it is damaged. Will see if I can fix it later. But for now I wanted to check what the inside looks like in an Ikelite DS125. I've done some repair previously on a DS51 and changed the cells in older DS125 battery packs as well as making my own circuit board for it so this was my missing piece of knowledge... Full album: https://imgur.com/a/GYW9p67 The culprit https://imgur.com/zyYjg7d Bought in 2006 or 2007. Had been repaired once earlier for a broken latch. BzyYjg7dBattery with a small recess https://imgur.com/FJsYtny Strobe head with the corresponding bulge: https://imgur.com/ci9Q8dI,https://imgur.com/ci9Q8dI Note the small hole in the melted plastic. To get inside then: I removed two small screws/nuts from the housing https://imgur.com/4Y3QQHe and then I just pulled. Unlike a DS51 there was no bayonet lock and it just opened. The small hole from earlier must have helped. Otherwise there would be too much of a vacuum to pull it apart. https://imgur.com/hHJEaWr Backside of the dark gray area with some cables and a hexagon for a nut to sit in to lock the aiming light in place https://imgur.com/k4TLAf0 Aiming light removed https://imgur.com/1ECx12S Power mode toggle removed https://imgur.com/LBkN3FS There is a small o-ring inside the hole, just like in the battery pack, to seal it. Could not get it out at the moment but it is there. Some brute force got the dark grey rubber piece loose from the strobe https://imgur.com/VjYUxou Now I'm getting stuff all over my table so a cut up paper bag have to serve as a cover. Four small screws (two countersunk, two not) held the transparent plastic in place. Unsure if the cracks are from manufacturing or usage. https://imgur.com/BzkrPYO With the transparent plastic removed https://imgur.com/BoECxQ3 https://imgur.com/thywlMJ https://imgur.com/1xHqjPO Another four small screw removed gets you to the the underside of the circuit board https://imgur.com/zu7CE1u The O-ring that seal the two halves of the strobe https://imgur.com/pefNQqm Insulating piece of paper that was next to the blue circuit board and the two capacitors(?) in the middle of the strobe https://imgur.com/yCpfLAr Some wires cut, to better see down the strobe head https://imgur.com/RIwUAKl Backside of the circuit board with the power mode toggle https://imgur.com/kkCiwt6 Nut that lock the aiming light in place https://imgur.com/ApfS6yK Flash tube cut off to see in between https://imgur.com/TVN6xEA https://imgur.com/nWTlJJ6 Connector for cable cut and removed. Black goes to the middle I think, and then it is as shown. https://imgur.com/0GPPgiR One capacitor removed https://imgur.com/2nBuMuR https://imgur.com/HzPaDmG https://imgur.com/6c8rhLW And the other https://imgur.com/d7xOyKM Almost empty shell https://imgur.com/l1OADdP One side of the other circuit board https://imgur.com/7u3y4Pg And the other https://imgur.com/YBSsMah https://imgur.com/YkWRr8J https://imgur.com/tO5Utkv That's all. I will throw this away in a day or two, but until then ask away if you want more pictures. As of now it really stinks in the apartment from burnt electronics. Open/upgrade DS125 battery pack: https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/24457-anyone-upgrade-a-ds-125-battery-pack/ Getting inside a DS50: https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/38069-getting-inside-a-ds50/ Will sort out so the pictures will be shown straight away when I come back from work...
  2. Does anyone know I can find the "cheapest" GoPro Hero 3 Black online in the US? I might be available to bring one back home för half the price of my closest retail store (which I do not want to support) if I dig a little deeper than now... Any help would be appreciated! /K
  3. Just a small addition to this subject since I had a discussion about this type of things at home. It was actually 14 hours it took to answer that, not 2 hours. And I even mailed them almost 10 months earlier with an angry letter about this problem. Then they didn't care at all. I really wonder how some of the big stores think...
  4. Didn't get one yesterday, but Gi got one today. This is what they said to me: Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for wetpixel.com/forums What is the current listing status for wetpixel.com/forums? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer. What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 32 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 3 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-06-30, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-06-30. Malicious software is hosted on 1 domain(s), including upmhhhgtvjbmngsg.ru/. This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS3356 (LEVEL3). Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, wetpixel.com/forums did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites. Has this site hosted malware? No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. How did this happen? In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message. Next steps: Return to the previous page. If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google's Webmaster Help Center.
  5. I'll be flying Sydney-Cairns and back. Only one bag to check in, and I've prepaid up to 23 kg. Man these things annoy me!
  6. Anyone that knows what Virgin Australia/Virgin Blue says these days? Will be flying with them next week...
  7. Voted. But consider changing the word "black" to black color if the left one wins...
  8. Too much beer. Can't think english. Use google translate swedinsh-enlishg. Tar detta på svenska då jag inte orkar tänka engelskt efter kvällens öl. Jag var faktiskt på den platsen i April 2009. Dök med en guide som började mata fiskarna under dyket (var bara vi två som dök) och jag frågade varför han gjorde det när vi kom upp igen. Tydligen gör de alltid så på den platsen (inga andra platser när jag var med i alla fall) eftersom det var någon grav av något slag. Kommer inte ihåg exakt, men jag tror att två fiskare dog på den platsen (eller fick askan uthälld där). Därför ser man korset på botten. Detta förklarar dock inte kass avvägning och varför de stod på botten, men varför de matade fiskarna. Mina loggar är lite luddiga dessutom, men jag har för mig att jag såg pygmésjöhästar vid ca 28m djup på det stället. Missade fokusen helt och fick inga bra bilder... Lycka till med din resa. /K (#11623 på dykarna.nu)
  9. Thanks for the replies. My family booked the flights to Australia, and I have to fix the flight to Cairns on my own. Our travel company didn't cooperate with any operators in australia exept from the one we'll go with... Have full DSLR kit with me, but I think I'll rent some of the dive gear since all my gear is for cold water diving. Will check everything out when I get home from work today...
  10. Hi. I need to find a good flight between Sydney and Cairns later this year. Who do you recommend for domestic flights in Australia? I'll try to avoid companies like RyanAir (for those of you who knows them) for good reasons. Any help would be appreciated... Thanks
  11. I went with them to Tubbataha in April 2009 with the boat Stella Explorer. Worked fine with only two problems as I saw it. First they gave me the wrong price for a private guide. And two days before departure, the nitrox price was still $100, but when back to Palawan, they charged $120. But they were good to work with. Fixed pick ups from the airport to the hotel, and then to the boat (and reverse after the trip). Tanks were always full and within 1% with the O2. And they got DIN-valves to me even if they were supposed to only have Joke-valves.
  12. As long as I don't have to sing, I'm happy... Btw... Which domestic flight do you recommend in Australia? Have to go from Sydney to Cairns and back...
  13. That's a really nice shot. Looks exactly as my belly button lint from last night...
  14. It's just as you say Pete. The solo diving is one of the major reasons I choose them. I won't mind diving with someone else, but if I can "avoid" it I'll gladely do so. I have a group of firends that I'm diving with on a regular basis, but we're not buddy divers... We're "solo diving in a group" where we'll be apart from each other more than we'll be together. It's only if we search for a specific species we hold together for the "entire" dive or if we know there's a lot of boats at the surface. It's the 7-night Coral sea liveaboard Nov24-Dec1 I'll go with if anyone from here is planning on joining them as well...
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