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Mobius Issue - Case Softening!

Started by Bad Raven, Thursday,October 24, 2019, 17:12:27

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Bad Raven

Thursday,October 24, 2019, 17:12:27 Last Edit: Friday,October 25, 2019, 14:38:30 by Bad Raven
I have two Mobius Cameras, and since I gained a couple of cheap 4k GOPro clones they have seen little use.

I got one out of its cardboard box today to discharge/recharge the internal battery and the whole case has gone sticky. Press a finger/thumb on it and it leaves a distinct impression in it!  :o

It's not been up against anything or in with anything (no leads, etc) only the cardboard box, and its not been used where chemicals might have got to it.

Not very happy.  :angry:  Anybody else had this??

Bad Raven

After reading around it seems cameras in general suffer this issue, inc some expensive "names"!

I have carefully wiped (and wiped and wiped) the body with Isopropyl Alchohol on a cotton rag.

This is working, so far better on the top half, where its now back to normal, a little less so with the lower half, though very definite improvement.

I will allow a rest period and have another go.   :smiley:

Bad Raven

Not sure if the rest period was for me or the camera!  :whistling:

Anyway, after one more session on the lower case, its all back to normal now. Nice satin hard case with no stickiness left at all.

It was so bad that my thumb imprinted a full and quite deep pattern when the case was squeezed, really quite concerning.

I used the "neat" unwatered IPA I use for 3D printer bed cleaning on a piece of old tee shirt.  Oddly while it did not seem to remove much black, it did enough. So, thats the way to go if you get the same issue.


have you opened it up to see what its like inside
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Bad Raven

Quote from: apollo7 on Friday,October 25, 2019, 12:02:07 have you opened it up to see what its like inside

A reasonable question, but No, and for now I'm leaving well alone (yea, wimp), as the Mobius is not the easiest thing to dismantle without damage. It works and does not need a battery change that would force it.

I have though now checked my foam lined metal case containing all the Mobius accessories and my stock of the little "keyfob" cameras.

Four of the six keyfobs, some many years old, and certainly unused for years, are showing slight signs of softening, one in particular has gone really soft, able to press finger on it and then lift it up on stiction alone. After a good squeeze it then had a deep sticky thumb print in it! This one has cleaned up OK.

Also of four mobius clip in mounts, three have minimal barely discernable softening and one is(was) quite badly softened. Have just cleaned this worst one with IPA and its come back shiny and not sticky.

The two transparant waterproof cases are perfect.

These were not kept where the Mobius cameras were, not stored the same way at all, and were not in light probably for over a year nor subject to undue heat or cold.