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Xtar D08 Walrus Corrosion Issues

Discussion in 'Lights' started by ChyLn, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. ChyLn

    ChyLn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston, MA, USA
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    So I've had really good experiences with the D26 whale and own a few of them now. I've always wanted something with a bit wider coverage and thought the D08 Walrus may be a good fit for photo/video uses. So I bought one for a week of diving in Bonaire.

    Initially I was quite excited with the light as it had fantastic, even coverage for photos and pretty good battery life. However, even on the first dive, I noticed that there was a bit of white, chalky residue forming along the edges of the light that worsened as the week went on. It was only something that I really noticed in salt water and seemed to be independent of the batteries as I was opening and charging the batteries each night without issues. I could see and hear a fizzing/bubbling going on during the dive and about 2 days from the end of the week, i was no longer able to open the battery compartment. I've attached pictures to show what the corrosion looks like. There are weird circular holes into the light that are probably 3-5mm deep that had formed and bits of the outside are flaking off. I have to say it's been a really sad experience for me and I'm currently trying to see if there's anything that can be done about it.

    I found an older thread that looks similar but mine actually looks worse i think and it appears to be more associated with salt water rather than fresh. Any input that you guys have would be greatly appreciated!
     

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  2. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    WOW! that's not good at all. Any issues with the D26 lights?
     
  3. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    stray current corrosion might be the culprit. lightly greasing the sealing surfaces can help.

    most likely the one you have pictured is toast at this point. can see if you can get a replacement or at least a discount on a new one from where you bought it.
     
  4. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    hmm...
     

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  5. ChyLn

    ChyLn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston, MA, USA
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    No issues at all with the d26 lights and they’ve each had 50+ dives on them. They were what convinced me to give the d08 a try... but alas.

    Dave Campbell I saw that ad as well while researching the issue and scoffed. It was under water for less than two dives before the first of the residue started coming up.

    I’m talking with the seller to see if there’s anything that can be done.
     
  6. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    I'm a member over at the budgetlightforum.com and have sent a sales rep a link to this thread...perhaps they'll have something to say?
     
  7. ChyLn

    ChyLn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston, MA, USA
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    Thanks Dave! Let me know if you hear anything from them.
     
  8. wKkaY

    wKkaY DIR Practitioner

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    That's a bit concerning as I just bought a walrus too :(

    Fwiw, I had the same issue with a big blue light. Their HQ sent me a new light, no questions asked, after I wrote to them.
     
  9. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    Any update on this? I've heard absolutely nothing from the two reps I've passed this on to.
     

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