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I am half way ready to tell Sea & Sea exactly where they can shove my YS-D2 (non J) strobes.  One had to replace a bulb after about a year.  The second I had to replace a charred front housing.  Both repairs were $200+

Now one of the strobes has a parasitic draw when the batteries are in it.  If I prep my camera the night before and try to shoot it the next day, the batteries in one of the strobes will pretty much be dead. More than 24 hours, guaranteed completely dead.  This is with the power switch set to "off."

Has anyone had a similar problem?

I am seriously considering replacing them with Inon Z330s or the new Retra strobes if they EVER actually ship. I really don't want to pay Sea & Sea a second time for YS-D2J which is what the original YS-D2 should have been... 

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One of my YS-02 has the same problem. It's currently in for repair with a friend's friend who has specialised in repairing S&S strobes. I can report back once I get it back.

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Hi, I am compiling a list of strobe repair sites for the Wetpixel  members.

Please tell us the name, address and email of your friend who repairs Sea&Sea strobes for this list.

Thank you,

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https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6501-underwater-strobe-finder/

I have added Strobe Repair Locations to the Available Strobes spreadsheet. (August 12, 2019)

Please add and correct.

The spreadsheet is here: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1otS2RTR47KhaFdBkO6Gd7DDju3CQLEnTT2Wwetay4vE/edit#gid=0

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Hi, about the YS-D2 strobe's parasitic power draw, there might be a small water leak at the shaft of the Mode-Off-On power switch.  This switch can only be accessed for repair or O ring replacement from inside the housing after all the circuit boards, etc, have been removed, so this is a job for a trained person.  It is a good idea to a) remove the strobe's batteries, b) keep it dry, and c) send it for repair to a shop like ReefPhoto in Florida, attn. Mr. Kevin Palmer.  Good luck and please tell us the follow up.

 

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On 9/21/2019 at 5:20 PM, Kraken de Mabini said:

Hi, about the YS-D2 strobe's parasitic power draw, there might be a small water leak at the shaft of the Mode-Off-On power switch.  This switch can only be accessed for repair or O ring replacement from inside the housing after all the circuit boards, etc, have been removed, so this is a job for a trained person.  It is a good idea to a) remove the strobe's batteries, b) keep it dry, and c) send it for repair to a shop like ReefPhoto in Florida, attn. Mr. Kevin Palmer.  Good luck and please tell us the follow up.

 

The thing is the draw happens on land when the strobe is dry. 

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Hi, yes, if there is corrosion with salt deposit connecting two of the leads, this would allow a slow leak to occur.

Diagnosis and repair requires the strobe to be opened to examine its circuits and connectors.   If you are in the Palos Verdes neighborhood, give me a call so we can chat about it,  I'm in the phone book.   

Elias Amador

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