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I have an ikelite DS 125 and a DS 160. They've been dry for about 5 years. Wondering what you guys would suggest to test them out. Obviously ordering new o-rings would be the first step. But with ikelite's 5 week turn around on servicing I don't have time to send them in. Open to suggestions and creative solutions.

 

PS. I live in a small town.

 

Thx.

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Do your strobes use the NIMH battery packs? NIMH batteries in general don't handle long periods of time in storage well. The best advice is to leave them plugged in trickle-charging if you're going to not use them for 1 month or longer.

 

The obvious way to test them is to just hook them up to the camera and take a few test shots on land. You may find that your battery packs don't hold a charge (or have been reduced substantially in their capacity).

 

Swapping out the o-rings for new ones wouldn't hurt for extra piece of mind. Otherwise, what are you trying to test them for? What are you worried about? If they were stored in a dry, cool environment, they should work just fine. And as I mentioned, that's easy to test by just setting up your system and taking a few test shots on land.

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