Silicone grease for torches, which is the best?

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Silicone grease for torches, which is the best?

I currently use Nitecore’s grease just because its the first one I have used. What does everyone else use and recommendations are always welcomed Thumbs Up

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I use the Nitecore grease also. Works well

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#metoo Nitecore SG7. Works for me!

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I got a small jar of YEZL from FT. Works nice, barely made a dent in it yet. A little goes a long way.

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I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of them. I use the stuff Richard sells at Mountain. Only because I need a little jar of it every 2 years and he seems to have other stuff I need/want as well.

Question. Does the Nitecore stuff come in a really irritating blue tint? Smile

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toddcshoe wrote:
I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of them. I use the stuff Richard sells at Mountain. Only because I need a little jar of it every 2 years and he seems to have other stuff I need/want as well.

Question. Does the Nitecore stuff come in a really irritating blue tint? Smile

No, its clear. I just ordered two more jars from Battery junction at 2 dollars a jar. The screw on lid is nice and one lasted me over a year now. Running low so for 2 dollars a piece, that’s a great price. 8.86 with shipping for the two. Shipping was more then the silicone lol.

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I have seen alot of recommendations on this topic, but general speaking most will say Nyogel 760G or Superlube.
I have used all the lubes mentioned in this thread and a few that are not and they all worked fine but I find I reach for the Nyogel more than any other for O-rings.
I use to use vasoline before all these exotic lubes came out. Worked fine but had a tendency to attract dirt. Now they say not to use vasoline because it deteriorates the rubber.
I have used vasoline on my rubber O-ring for my whole house water filter for 12 years, its still there and working fine.

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Majoroverkill wrote:
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I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of them. I use the stuff Richard sells at Mountain. Only because I need a little jar of it every 2 years and he seems to have other stuff I need/want as well.

Question. Does the Nitecore stuff come in a really irritating blue tint? Smile

No, its clear. I just ordered two more jars from Battery junction at 2 dollars a jar. The screw on lid is nice and one lasted me over a year now. Running low so for 2 dollars a piece, that’s a great price. 8.86 with shipping for the two. Shipping was more then the silicone lol.

I was being a complete smarta**. I was just making fun of their mostly blue hued emitter choices. I’m sure their gel is just fine.

I like the screw on lid. Keeps everything inside instead of all over my little parts box. I use one of those really small brushes that women use for detailing their nails. Brushes on nicely. Don’t ask how I know more about nails than I care to admit. Smile

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toddcshoe wrote:
I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of them. I use the stuff Richard sells at Mountain. Only because I need a little jar of it every 2 years and he seems to have other stuff I need/want as well.

Question. Does the Nitecore stuff come in a really irritating blue tint? Smile

No, its clear. I just ordered two more jars from Battery junction at 2 dollars a jar. The screw on lid is nice and one lasted me over a year now. Running low so for 2 dollars a piece, that’s a great price. 8.86 with shipping for the two. Shipping was more then the silicone lol.

I was being a complete smarta**. I was just making fun of their mostly blue hued emitter choices. I’m sure their gel is just fine.

I like the screw on lid. Keeps everything inside instead of all over my little parts box. I use one of those really small brushes that women use for detailing their nails. Brushes on nicely. Don’t ask how I know more about nails than I care to admit. Smile

Facepalm Okay, now I get it Big Smile I never thought about using a brush, what a great idea Thumbs Up

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I use the Nitecore grease.

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Used vaseline before, then ordered some inexpensive silicon grease (unknown brand, AE or BG) which was too viscous for threads. Now I have a jar from Mountain Electronics which works great.

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I bought a 3 ounce tube of Super Lube like 8 years ago, I barely made a dent in it, probably last me another 8 years, talk about getting your money’s worth

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Cheap food-safe grade silicone grease. Works great to lubricate o-rings, not so much for threads because of the low viscosity.

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I use Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease (that I got from Harbor Freight). Super Lube makes different types of greases so you have to be careful which one you use for flashlights.

The “Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease” is compatible with both nitrile and silicone rubber, which I believe is the material used for the O-rings in flashlights. The black O-rings are usually nitrile and the clear and color O-rings are silicone.

But the Super Lube “Silicone Lubricating Grease” is not compatible with silicone rubber. Even the Super Lube “Silicone O-ring” grease is not compatible with silicone rubber.

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Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?

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Superlube has worked wonderfully for me and is available locally

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Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?

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I will give it a try, my lights are dry and need lube. Wink
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I use RICO Cork Grease, it`s for clarinets and saxaphones etc… it comes in a tube just like chapstick and works great!

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i bought some silicone lube at a dive shop prbly 10 years ago, i figured if it was good for divers, it is good enough for flashlights.

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CNCman wrote:
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Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?
. I will give it a try, my lights are dry and need lube. Wink

Well if you had some laying around then go ahead. I would still go with any form of silicone lube over dielectric grease.
I find that dielectric grease is sticky that’s why I use them especially on my keychain twisties. As for any different from silicone lube, I think it’s more economical to use silicone lube plus it moisturizes your o-rings

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power911 wrote:
Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?

I use the Ford Motorcraft XG12 dielectric grease thats Nyogel 760G. http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1255988#comment-1255988
Not sure what the permatrex makeup is but it could be close to the same.
The XG12 was much cheaper than buying the retail labeled 760G grease.?
It was sold on BLF at one time. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13394
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I got some Yezl SG6 from fasttech. Took ages to come and corona made it even longer but it works.

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I use TEF-GEL on flashlights and our boat. It is a ptfe based substance that has no electrical conduction, never dries out, won’t wash away with moisture, and only needs one application. I think it was primarily developed for the marine industry. It’s expensive, but a two ounce tub will last quite awhile, and won’t go bad at room temperature, at least so far. My tub is eight years old and it’s about a third gone. It’s super sticky and will make a mess of things if not careful. I put some of it, along with some silicone on a piece of metal and left it in the sun for a few weeks. No discernible change to the gel. The silicone was gone however.

Years ago I was using silicone based grease for o-rings and such, but had to re-apply every year or so. After awhile I noticed black on my fingers from seals degrading, probably from not applying often enough. I was using silicone grease designed for seals and grommets. Silicone dries out and disappears eventually, as do most other seal treatments I’ve used. TEF-GEL was designed to prevent corrosion between dissimilar metals in contact with each other, but it works fine for seals. Anyway, no more black fingers and I only have to do the job once, as it never dries out. And, threaded parts disassemble with ease. Don’t get me wrong. If I put it back tight it stays that way, but won’t gall or lock up from corrosion. Best to clean surfaces first to remove the old lubricant.

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moderator007 wrote:
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Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?
I use the Ford Motorcraft XG12 dielectric grease thats Nyogel 760G. http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1255988#comment-1255988 Not sure what the permatrex makeup is but it could be close to the same. The XG12 was much cheaper than buying the retail labeled 760G grease.? It was sold on BLF at one time. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13394

Hey, Nyogel was like the past favorites for CPF and it’s super difficult to find for me in Malaysia. I’m not sure how they perform but I stick to Permatex because of the viscosity. I tried some local brand dielectric grease and they’re very smooth Vaseline texture while the permatex had a sticky glue like texture for a grease which makes me always fall back to it. Very useful on holding twisty lights as they won’t fall off.

Totally user preference here

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I use Trident silicon grease… same as for my SCUBA equipment

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power911 wrote:
Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?

Nope. Smile

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moderator007 wrote:
power911 wrote:
Am I the odd one who use Permatex Dielectric Grease on my lights?
I use the Ford Motorcraft XG12 dielectric grease thats Nyogel 760G. http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1255988#comment-1255988 Not sure what the permatrex makeup is but it could be close to the same. "The XG12 was much cheaper than buying the retail labeled 760G grease.":https://autoplicity.com/4471349-motorcraft-xg12? It was sold on BLF at one time. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13394 

I finally used up my Ford tube. Back to using the 760G tube that's about 1/2 empty I bought from Battery Junction way back: https://www.batteryjunction.com/nyogel-760g.html.

I did recently buy a tube of SuperLube w/PTFE as TK recommended recently, bought here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081JE0OO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This stuff can go quicker when lubing up a few BLF GT's and other large lights.

 

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