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Old 10-07-2011, 06:23 AM #1
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Default Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Hey,

Quick question for someone in the know, how do i change the silicon tailcap on the Arctic S3? Mine is split and needs replacing!

I have the safety interlock and contact guard removed at this stage.
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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Got a picture of other side of the tailcap?

Usually most of host's switch assemblies are usually held in with a set screw (looks like a plate with two holes in it).. You can just take either a pair of needle nose pliers, small screw driver, or better if you have it, spanner wrench and loosen the setup by rotating counter-clockwise. after that everything should come out (switch and the rubber boot that you need to replace).

Most hosts are built like that, but I don't own the arctic so I don't know specifically..

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hey man, nah it doesn't have that on the arctic, over 90% of other flashlight style hosts have that 2 hole plate that you can unscrew.
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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

hmm... is it possible they pressfitted or glued it in then? (Hope not, because that would be a bitch)

Just curious... can you twist the buttom part of the tailcap of the top part of the tailcap? (so the tailcap comes apart in two pieces).. had a host like that before. (unless its a solid piece of metal)

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yeah, hopefully its press fit rather than glued, still need some sort of instructions to press it out tho!
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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Edited my post while you posted... I wonder if the second method works..

If not, I guess Im out.. if it were pressfit, with the way the switch faces Im not quite sure how it can be pressed out without completly destroying the switch. (besides, I don't own it and would rather not give advice that would wreck your host)

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Just looking at mine looks like they are press fit.

Do you think it is possible to remove the soft rubber cap thing then push another one in without removing the switch?

I'll try on my acrtic first when I get home.
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^ I did that with one of my flashlights.
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Just looking at mine looks like they are press fit.

Do you think it is possible to remove the soft rubber cap thing then push another one in without removing the switch?

I'll try on my acrtic first when I get home.
Interesting theory! Im eager to fix this one up
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Well that was a fail....



Wow these things are really fragile. At least now it looks like an angry lizard

But I still think it is possible to swap it out. Guess I'll have to grab a new tail clicky and test it out for real
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I literally just touched it with a 90 degree tool and it broke. I think in the long run its better swapping it out anyway. Trying to swap the cap now.
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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

Yeah, nah.

Can't be done with out a puller.

Its press fit in but the switch spins in there..... strange.

I tried press fitting it out, but to no avail... didn't budge.

EDIT: also you can't pull the plastic out cause its pressfit between the switch module and the host.
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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

A cookie to the person that figures out how to disassemble these tail caps.

I have one with a failed switch sitting in my safe

I haven't been able to figure out how to get the switch out to replace it

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Default Re: Arctic S3 - How to change the silicon tailcap?

It needs a puller. I'm pretty sure my dad's work has one. I'll see if I can get my hands on it

I have also contacted WL's customer support to ask them how to dismantle it.
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