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    Stop the squeak!

    I finally purchased my headtorch and have been on some long runs with it and so far I am really pleased with it apart from one extremely annoying problem....it squeaks <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15>

    It doesn't squeak all the time just after about an hour of wearing it and then it won't go away. I have a theory it is caused by sweat entering the joint between the headband and the torch bracket (the torch can be removed for self-charging). I have to sometimes wear this up to about 5-6 hours and it frankly drives me absolute nuts.

    What I am looking for is a very mild lubricant that will get rid of the squeak but won't "attack" the plastic housing and more importantly won't be nasty to have on my skin (my theory is if sweat can get in the joint, the lubricant could also get back on my skin and may be an irritant)

    Any ideas?

    I have attached an image for you to visualise.
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Can't you just start running faster? If you finish before one hour you will not get the squeaks! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Simple, next question. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Jezza,

    Some options

    1. Earplugs
    2. iPod (variant on 1) turned up high.
    3. Silicone based lubricant,
    4. Light machine oil (smells a bit).
    5. Graphite (doesn't smell but can be messy - has the advantage that it is dry and will not collect more noisy dirt)
    6 Superglue - stop it moving altogether.

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Maybe try talcum powder as an epidermal-friendly experiment.

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    You can get a silicon spray which works down to -40°C - e.g. this one - or you could try olive oil as a skin-friendly option. (Or what about those little cod-liver oil capsules you can buy - bite the top off and squirt while you run <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> )

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Hi Jerry
    That appears to be a pivot point. If so, I suggest that you do not want to add a lubricant of any kind. Else you just might illuminate only Jerry's mug. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Spoilsport <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    what about so simple old WD-40 (the WD stands for Water Displacement). I believe the base component of this product is fish oil.
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Jezza, what make and model?
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Jerry,

    Did you ever consider running in the daytime? You wouldn't even need a torch.

    Come to think of it, if you must run while it is dark, I hope you are wearing a flashing tail light? Perhaps a turn signal will help as well.

    Regards, <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    I like that "Run in the daytime"

    Are the batteries right behind the light?
    If so then try to tighten that point if there is a way to do so or like some have stated a good application of a good silicon grease will cut down on the noise by allowing the friction to be muffled.
    Oil/WD40 will mix with your sweat and loose its usefulness, so in my opinion the grease would be the best bet.
    One very good grease that I have used in the past for many items is called "GUN SLICK".
    It is a black graphite type of grease that comes in a very small tube.
    Kind of expensive and sometimes hard to find, but really good stuff.
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    I used this headtorch in a night marathon last Saturday and finally ripped it off my head and carried it in my hand. The torch was basically worthless for the job it had to do and it has now been placed in my tool box.

    I bought it from an "Outdoors sports" store and I think it was designed more for climbing and walking; it is just not robust enough for running. I had the mickey taking out of me something rotten by the other competitors as they said they knew exactly where I was by the whirring noise when I was winding it up or if not that the squeaking noise <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Jezza,

    Didn't you know that the ancient Druids often would accompany their 'snow' dances by whirring and squeaking noises ....

    So IT'S your fault! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Stop the squeak!

    Well a good torch/flashlight will never go to waste in a tool box especially when it is the hands free type.
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