Peli Problems mk 2

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Peli Problems mk 2

Post by RichA » Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:15 pm

I bought a Peli 1150 a few months ago, and thought I'd test it in the sink before I used it for real. The lid was bowed along the left and right edge, enough so for it to let water in. Admittedly not a lot, but then it was only for half an hour sitting peacefully in the kitch sink, so enough to get me worried.
I took it back to the shop, and after a month of hassling them to get a replacement, I got a refund.
I went to another shop to buy one, hoping it would be ok, but I've not got the same problem again. Seems like it is a faulty batch, or a few faulty batches.

I found this thread from a while ago, in which a lot of other people had the same problem.

Did anyone manage to get in contact with Peli directly, or find out who the UK importers are? I'm fed up with trying to get shops to sort it out, so I'll go straight to them, but need to find out who they are first!

Incidentally, the box I've got was made in 2001, according to the time stamp on the inside of the base under the foam.

Thanks in advance.

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Post by JMT » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:54 pm

Keep pushing for fair access to all rivers (or better still, just go and paddle them!).

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Post by Poke » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:59 pm

I did e-mail them. Their customer service (based in the US) was excellent and the lady there said that they would deal with each case (no pun intended) individually.

The sides on all the cases are slightly bowed as far as I can tell so prob not a faulty batch.

The most important point in the thread you linked to was:
james c wrote:It does say somewhere on the peli website that the seal should be regularly greased and it seems to have done the trick.
For some suitable grease i'm trying to find out here!
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Post by Peter Syme » Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:10 pm

German made so good. Cheaper than peli as well

I spent serious money on my peli lap-top case and I have still smashed 2 laptop screens since purchase



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Peli > leaks.

Post by nwilko » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:06 pm

2 tins of beans inside, not large enough to touch the inside of the lid. two bricks tied to the peli case handle the whole lot submerged in 2ft of water for 12hours. Case removed, left to drip dry for 6hrs.
Case opened, approx 1 tablespoon of water inside.

Thus the case is useless for protecting my camcorder..

Case manufactured in 2003, original seal (cant locate anyone selling replacements, even Peli dont seem to offer them).

Lid shows usual bowing in middle..

Any suggestions that will defo keep my camcorder dry ?

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Two dry bags

Post by River Seal » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:16 pm

Heath-Robinson solution:

Two dry bags, the inside one ideally of a softer, more flexible type (nylon?). Put your camcorder in the softer bag and seal it. Wrap this in a towel and seal inside the outer (tougher) dry bag.

The towel not only provides padding for the camcorder, but means your paws should be nice and dry before you touch any sensitive electronic bits. Easier to shove in the back of a playboat than a bulky box too.

It's worked well for me in the past anyway.

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Post by Liquid Porn » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:24 pm

Check that the purge valve was closed properley. If it was, send it back to Peli, they guarantee their cases against everything except shark attacks, bear attacks and children under 5. They pride themselves on their "you break it - we replace it" policy. Bring it back to the shop you bought it and aks them to return it to Peli.

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Post by RichA » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:31 pm

I've emailed Peli UK asking about the leaking, and will report back when I hear from them. As a temporary measure, I lifted the seal out where the lid bows up, and put a couple of match sticks behind it, and then replaced the seal. This lifts the seal away from the lid slighly, and sort of makes up for the bowed gap. Not sure how it will cope with pressures and the long term etc, but it's gotta last surfing/river for this weekend.
Are the seals neoprene? Is vaseline ok to lubricate them, or do I need a silicon grease?

As for alternatives to Peli, I think Watershed dry bags are good, but pricey?

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Post by Liquid Porn » Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:05 pm

Use the silicone grease.
The Watershed dry bags are good.

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Post by hodgkins » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:50 pm

Rich - Once I discovered my peli case was leaking, I phoned peliproducts up and they told me to send it back to them. I received a replacement by return of post. Their phonenumber is on the website. An email can be easily intentionally/unintentionally overlooked - a phone call can't.

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Post by RichA » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:38 pm

Thanks Hodgkins, I'll give them a ring when I get home after the weekend. I've got faith in them at the moment, but time will tell.

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