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Decided to try fix up a couple of loose ends during the enforced slowdown.
One of which is my malfunctioning front light bar.

Charged both batteries and checked it out, was receiving 26v (24v Safari) at the light. So no issues there.

Removed it and found a bit of water inside, a crack in the perspex.
Giving it a bench test it looked like this.
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One led fell to pieces whilst giving it a gentle probe, and another circuit works when you put pressure on that part of the circuit board.
Can anybody impart some electrical wisdom on me, or is this bar another consumable
 

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Sounds like a consumable to me.


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But the best bit is you can’t screw it up any more.

The section that needs pressure. Will be just a dry joynt or a loose wire. Which gets a connection with pressure.
So warm the soldering iron up and just redo some. Will be easy if you have some flux you can put on the circuit boards. But if you don’t have any. Well you can’t screw it up anymore.


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Gave it a nudge with some flux and the soldering iron to no avail. Have ordered a replica bar for $56 delivered.
Figured I've got a load of spare parts and LED's for the next one.
WIll pull it apart on arrival and try and figure out a way to fix this issue in the future.
A bunch of silicon sealant and a small drill hole on either end of the bar at the lowest point perhaps?
 

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$56 = throwaway . I wouldn’t be pulling the new one apart, they should be factory sealed.
 

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$56 is likely your problem right there. As rg has indicated for that price treat it as a consumable not a fixture.
 

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$56 = throwaway . I wouldn’t be pulling the new one apart, they should be factory sealed.
I figured as much. the light was already on the car when I got it, so I just bought a similar one.
I realise you get what you pay for, in other parts of my life I buy quality kit first time. Mountaineering and ski touring equipment in particular are not things you want to fail when you're remote.
A light bar is something I don't need to get me from A to B. If it breaks in the field, no biggie.
I'm curious about stopping condensation in the future though. So will have a look at it when it arrives.
 

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I disagree about cheap things not being worth fixing though. My partner drowned her stick mixer in the sink, and then put it aside for a while before attempting to use it again. She asked if i wanted to look at it before she bought a new one.
They don't cost very much, $15-$50, but I opened it up to have a look. It looked like the inside of my winch motor when I rebuilt it, a lot of corrosion. Cleaned it up, and now the thing runs again. It would've been easy enough to throw it away and buy a new one, but like this light, if you pull it apart and give it a nudge you might get a bit more life out of it.
 

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I disagree about cheap things not being worth fixing though. My partner drowned her stick mixer in the sink, and then put it aside for a while before attempting to use it again. She asked if i wanted to look at it before she bought a new one.
They don't cost very much, $15-$50, but I opened it up to have a look. It looked like the inside of my winch motor when I rebuilt it, a lot of corrosion. Cleaned it up, and now the thing runs again. It would've been easy enough to throw it away and buy a new one, but like this light, if you pull it apart and give it a nudge you might get a bit more life out of it.
And you have nothing to lose by pulling it apart. Worst case it's unsalvageable, but you get to see how the piece of junk was put together, which is always interesting.
 

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And you have nothing to lose by pulling it apart. Worst case it's unsalvageable, but you get to see how the piece of junk was put together, which is always interesting.
Yep like I said above. It stuffed now. Tinkering with it isn’t going to make it any less usable.

Just don’t drink at the same time. Done that with a play station. I’m pretty sure we never got it back together.


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