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My new favorite switch design (after some work)
Yes, these things were lubed like a nightmare coming straight from the production run. But after taking the switches apart and ultrasonic cleaning the top of the housing and the stem, I am in love with them. I re-lubed on my own using Tribo 3204 and dropped them into a Zeal60 PCB. This is now my end-game mechanical keyboard.
There was a lot of drama in this drop. And it required a bit of work on my side to ultrasonic clean off the unknown grease and its uneven application. But to me, the extra few hours of hassle was worth it. I'm love with these switches, and they feel and sound unlike anything else in my collection. I'm glad that Drop/Massdrop took the risk to make a run of these switches, knowing that they'd be kicking a hornet's nest of drama if it wasn't exactly 100% right for the community.
Would recommend to a friend.
Can you explain the ultrasonic process you used?
Open the key and separate the top housing and stem from the rest of the key. Buy a $30-40 Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner from Amazon. Warm water with some dish soap in the jewelry cleaner. I put the housing and stems and ran the ultrasonic cleaner for about 15 minutes. Changed the water and soap and ran them for a second 15 minutes. Then washed the housing and stems twice in distilled water before letting them dry fully.
how about the metal parts on the housing ? Do you wash the metal parts with the ultrasonic machine ?
Hey, how do they compare with the Zeal switches?
No experience with them unfortunately.
I did not. I really only wanted to use the ultrasonic cleaner to clean off the unknown factory grease. The metal leaf is *really* delicate. I tried taking it out of one and basically ruined it trying to put it back in place. So I stuck with only cleaning the upper of the housing and the stem.
Holy Pandas are much more wobbly than V2 Zealios.
I think using 99% isopropil alcohol would be much easier. You can just dunk the whole thing (disassembled) and it will evaporate quickly so you don't have to worry about a short. Also, I recommend swapping in 35g third party springs. I was a heavy switch fan for a long time, but the top-loaded tactile bump with the super light follow through feels amazing. I have mine in an XD75 in a grid 600 and like yours it is my endgame keyboard. I thought I might get bored of it but I've had it for two years and still can't find anything better.
Would 99% ipa damage the leaf in any way?