Please recommend a flashlight grease for dummies (ie me)

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Please recommend a flashlight grease for dummies (ie me)

Hi - I need a grease for threads.

 

I cant stand to read the 40page threads at CPF, people recommend isoteric things that arent available commericially, or I have to order from England, or from a bike shop and look at the active ingredients, or make sure the grease is conductive, anodized or not anodized, or the best one is someone has a little 0.05ml grease pack that came with his faucet I should use that.  Or it eats o-rings.

 

So my question is, what single grease should I used on my flashlight threads AND I can buy at Walmart, or the HomeDepot...(ie very common).  But still good and wont ruin my lights.

 

Many thanks...

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Firstly can you link to that thread you mention.

Secondly yeah I'd like to know that too.

Am I wrong ( most likley) or did I read vasaline works in a pinch?

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link to another thread asking about lube.

Superlube is good stuff.  price is reasonable.  safe for everything.  conductive.  low viscosity.  it's what i use.  check eBay.

Vaseline or any other petroleum based lubes shouldn't be used on rubber.  petroleum will cause latex rubber to harden and become brittle.  if your o-rings are made of something else, like silicone, i think it's okay.  i think Maglite is the only flashlight company that recommends Vaseline.  

Silicone lube is safe for rubber, but not on silicone o-rings.  silicone lube can cause silicone o-rings to soften and expand.

if you don't know what your o-rings are made of and don't want to have to find out every time you get a new light, a synthetic lube like Superlube is the safest.  

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Fishing reel grease at walmart works great ,preserves any type of orange and also helps with water a debris;)
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i think there are several types of product varities from the "superlube" series. which one to get?

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Kreisler, use this one (it also comes in a can):

http://www.amazon.com/Superlube-21030-Multipurpose-Synthetic-Grease/dp/B...

A tube like this will last quite a long time. I picked mine up at Ace Hardware.

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BetweenRides wrote:

Kreisler, use this one (it also comes in a can):

http://www.amazon.com/Superlube-21030-Multipurpose-Synthetic-Grease/dp/B...

A tube like this will last quite a long time. I picked mine up at Ace Hardware.

Thanks, i will look into it!

i have cancelled my DX order because they didnt have the silicone flashlight oil in stock for weeks/months. let's see how fast they process the refund.

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This is the version I use

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I'm using this product; I hope I'm not doing long-term damage to my o-rings but it seems to be working well here...

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-Oils-P-T-F-Cap/dp/B000BXOGHY


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i cant find any lube/lubricant/grease/oil for flashlights on Kaidomain or Manafont or Dinodirect wtf

DX is the only place. but out of stock

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This Dupont Lube is the best I have had so far.  Once it dries it makes the threads feel as smooth as butter.  z

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atbglenn wrote:

This is the version I use

Thanks I wrote it down, Im going to see if they have it at the store.

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If you can wait a bit... buy this one. Or look for some cheap scuba silicone grease around in CAN.

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"Kreisler, use this one (it also comes in a can):

http://www.amazon.com/Superlube-21030-Multipurpose-Synthetic-Grease/dp/B...

A tube like this will last quite a long time. I picked mine up at Ace Hardware."

 

Yep, same stuff I use. It works great, lasts a long time and does not stain like  a moly grease.

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Don't know if they have Ace Hardware in Canada, but that's where I was able to find Super Lube. A couple of dollars for a little tube that will last forever. Looks like vaseline.

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Vectrex wrote:

If you can wait a bit... buy this one. Or look for some cheap scuba silicone grease around in CAN.

Thanks very much for the link...I will go to the Walmart tonight for the SuperLube and if its not there I will order that one in your link.  Price looks good and its easy to order.

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i'll get the nextorch stuff! ( ordering the original superlube from AmazonUSA or ebay costs lotsa shipping. nextorch shipping is free. says the budgeteer. *ggg* )

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I was going to suggest Harbor Freight, but then I checked and didn't see Harbor Freight with any stores in Canada.  That's where I bought mine.  I actually bought it for another purpose, but when I came across a thread where atbglenn posted about using it on flashlights I was glad I already had it!

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robostud5000 wrote:

Superlube is good stuff.  price is reasonable.  safe for everything.  conductive.  low viscosity.  it's what i use.  check eBay.


Is it electrically conductive?  I read in it's specs that it's thermally conductive but I can't find anywhere that it's electrically conductive.

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If the grease says dielectric, it is non-conductive (electrically).  I'm not sure if that's important to you or not.  You may not want to grease the crap out of your threads with a dielectric grease or you're going to be creating problems with your tailcap connections.

 

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Dielectric grease

Dielectric grease is a nonconductive grease. As such, it does not enhance the flow of electrical current. Dielectric grease is, however, often applied to electrical connectors, particularly those containing rubber gaskets, as a means of lubricating and sealing rubber portions of the connector.

The widest use of dielectric grease is in high-voltage connections associated with spark plugs. The grease is applied to the rubber boot of the plug wire. This helps the rubber boot slide onto the ceramic insulator of the plug. The grease also acts to seal the rubber boot, while at the same time preventing the rubber from becoming stuck to the ceramic. Generally spark plugs are located in areas of high temperature, and the grease is formulated to withstand the temperature range expected.

Another common use of dielectric grease is on the rubber mating surfaces or gaskets of multi-pin electrical connectors used in automotive and marine engines. The grease again acts as a lubricant and a sealant on the nonconductive mating surfaces of the connector. It is not recommended to be applied to the actual electrical conductive contacts of the connector because it could interfere with the electrical signals passing through the connector.

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Rezolution wrote:

robostud5000 wrote:

Superlube is good stuff.  price is reasonable.  safe for everything.  conductive.  low viscosity.  it's what i use.  check eBay.


Is it electrically conductive?  I read in it's specs that it's thermally conductive but I can't find anywhere that it's electrically conductive.

i use it on non-anno threads and it works fine.  no conductivity problems for me.

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I have been using Super-Lube since My first flashlight. I was almost out of the 1/2 ounce tube so I was reading on hear about lubes and I went to Lowes and got DuPont Teflon Multi-use Lubricant and there was DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver a waxed based chain lube so I bought both and tried them. I went to Harbor Freight and bought 2-3oz tubes that should last me forever. I didn't care for the DuPont products but that's just me.  

 

 

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kreisler wrote:

i'll get the nextorch stuff! ( ordering the original superlube from AmazonUSA or ebay costs lotsa shipping. nextorch shipping is free. says the budgeteer. *ggg* )

Do you have hardware stores where you are? Super Lube is fairly common and easy to find here in the U.S. in Ace (National hardware chain), Home Depot, Sears Hardware etc.

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I went to the Walmart...no SuperLube Sad  Nothing at all really, all they had was half a shelf of WD40 (with a free hockey puck - I live in Canada) and a few other aresol bottles like liquid wrench.

 

Tomorrow I will check the H-D then the Manafont order...then my goal to put this behind me will be over.

 

(Couldnt find any fishing-reel grease either...)

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I'm no expert, but I've been using silicone grease that I found at Home Depot in the plumbing department for the last 6 - 8 months.

No problems here...

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I've been using that Nextorch silicone and while it is great for o-rings, I hate what it does to threads.  I'm thinking Mobil 1 might do the trick.

 

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Flashlight Foy wrote:

I've been using that Nextorch silicone and while it is great for o-rings, I hate what it does to threads.  I'm thinking Mobil 1 might do the trick.

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oh oh, that sounds bad...what do you mean what it does to threads?  I dont want to make my lights worse or take away the anodizing...or be harsh to the aluminum.

 

Id be very careful not to put any grease on the o-rings.

 

Fenix or someone should make a dedicated flashlight grease and that would that...In the Fenix video the guy has a 5 gallon jug of grease but they dont say what it is... Sad

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It's not a huge deal but I think there might be something better than silicone . . . or, maybe I could just keep it off the threads?

 

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