AquaTech Flash Housing Setup & Flash Bulkhead Installation


Hi everyone. Today I am going to explain the setup process of your strike flash housing for your sports housing. and also how to update any older bulkheads on your housing or install a new flash bulkhead on any of the new sporthousings. So in your CV strike housing you receive obviously the housing itself, the sync-link, a new flash bulkhead, which I’ll show you how to install later, camera hot shoe mount, the flash mount, which we will mount onto the top of the sporthousing, the appropriate tools and bolts to secure everything, your flash housing instructions, warranty, and also the bulkhead instructions on how to install that. In this video the explain a lot clearer detail exactly how to remove the old bulkheads
and install new ones. So you’re going to notice one major difference
between the new flash bulkhead and the old flash bulkhead. The new one has a small, slim line marker USB connector system, where as the old one has a 6-pin wire connector. So now you’re ready to install your new flash bulkhead into your sporthousing. As I said earlier, you’re either going to need to remove the old installed flash bulkhead, or remove the housing plug which is installed on
the new sporthouses. The tools required for this process are fairly simple. A flathead screwdriver as wide as possible, two shifting spanners, or an open-ended wrench at 22 millimetres. So we’ll start with
the removal process of any older flash bulkheads. You’ve got a location on the top to grab a hold of it and also a knot on the inside The best way to get this done is to lock it in from the outside grab a shifter and hold onto the
inside Once you’ve got a hold of both the inside and the outside twist the flash bulkhead from the outside, holding the inside knot firmly. It’s also a really great idea to undo any velcro tabs on the inside. That’s going to let the bulkhead spin freely. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the new sport housings, you will notice that you have a housing
plug on your housing instead of the older style of flash bulkheads. The removal process is just as simple, where as this time you will be locking it from the top with a flat head screwdriver or if you don’t have screwdriver which is wide enough, you can get away with a quarter or a ten-cent piece. To remove the housing plug simply grab your shifting spanner or open a new branch, grab onto the knot- I’m going to use a coin just to show how easy is that is- and twist from the outside while holding the inside nice and firm. Once that’s loosened off enough, you should be able to take it out by hand. Now that you’ve removed either the older
flash bulkhead or the housing plug It’s time to install the new flash bulkhead. Unscrew the rear nut. Make sure that the main O-ring is nice and secure in here. Place that one through the hole. I always find it’s easier to flip the housing
upside down- that’s gonna hold the O-ring in place. Now
once the bulkhead is secure simply place the nut back over the rear of the flash bulkhead, and just finger tighten. Once you’ve tightened that down with your finger, this is the reverse of what we did before. So we’re going to hold it tight from the outside. Lock it nice and tight from the inside with the shifter, and twist from the outside. Once you feel some nice resistance, just give it a half-turn and don’t push it too much further.
Now you’re ready to do a water test to make sure that the work that you’ve done is nice and water-tight. The easiest way to test if the the work that you’ve done is water-tight is to do a water test with no camera or lens. Simply secure the housing as you would if you’re going to use it. Secure the backplate down. Screw on your port. So that’s done up nice and tight. Today we will be lucky enough to be able to test it in the pool. If you don’t have a pool nearby you can always perform this at home in the bathtub or in a large bucket of water. The minimum pressure we suggest is at least arms distance down
to the water. The first test is gonna be for 20 seconds,
so make sure that everything is securely locked down- your back plate and the port- and hold it under the water for 20 seconds. After that first initial test, grab a towel and dry it off- make sure that there’s no water drops inside the housing. If everything checks out fine, repeat the process again, this time for
30 seconds. Again, when you remove it for the second time, dry it off, check for any drops and make sure it hasn’t run back to the backplate or to the front of the port. If everything checks out fine, the work you’ve done is nice and watertight. Do keep an eye on this the first time
you use it, making sure that at any extreme depths, the housing is secure. After your successful water test, it’s time to add the the cable management to the side of the waterhousing. You would have received a small little blackface like this. It’s got double sided
tape on the rear and we also suggest a tiny drop of super glue really to anchor it down to the side of your housing. Regardless of which housing type you have, the securing of this is in the exact same spot for every housing. We suggest adhering it
to the sidewall just slightly below where the flash bulkhead is. That way, when you’re not using the flash you can simply store the cables on the
sidewall of the housing. Now it’s time to install your flash inside the flash housing. Firstly, use the required tool and remove the 3 bolts from the back. Then simply grab your flash and mount it to the inside of the flash housing on the flash mount. And lock that one into place. To secure the flash housing, simply place
the backplate on the back of the housing and lock down three bolts until you see a nice, even pressure around the hole of the O-ring. The next step is to attach the flash housing mount to the top of the sport housing. Simply grab the two bolts and again the tool that we supply, and lock that one into place. Once you’ve got the mount attached to your sport housing, simply remove the locking bolt from the
bottom of the flash housing, slide this one into place, replace the bolt, and with the supplied tool, lock it into place. The next step is to install your camera as normal into the sport housing, then you need to attach the camera hotshoot amount to the inside of the flash bulkhousing mount. To do that, simply attach the male and female marker USB connectors, slide this onto your hotshoe with the camera, just like you would your flash. Next step is to attach the backplate. It’s a good idea once you have the
backplate secure just to check that that flash cable isn’t interfering with the O-ring seal of the backplate. Now once you have your camera secure and the flash secure within their own
housings, it’s time to connect the two by the sync-link. To attach, simply remove the plugs on both the sport housing and the flash
housing. Remove the plugs on the sync lid. Line up the six pins with the male and female connection. Push that one into place and secure again. So now the system is fully setup- we’ve got the sync-link connecting the flash housing and the sport housing, with everything setup as it would be if you were in the water- and everything should work as it should. So now you’ve seen how to install the new
flash bulkhead or remove an older one and update to the latest technology. You’ve seen how to set up your new flash housing and attach it to your sport housing and get everything ready for the water. If you’ve got any questions in regards to
the installation process, or how to operate any of the equipment, reach out to us through the website through the Contact Us tab. Thanks for watching.

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