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    Default Best lube for Maglite?

    When cleaning and lubing, what is recommended? I've heard petroleum jelly, silicone grease, etc. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    While you'll probably get recommendations on several different products with price points that will also vary, the manufacturer does recommend the use of petroleum jelly as their lubricant of choice for the O rings used in Maglites.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Vasoline. Cheap and readily available.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Hello willrx and welcome to CPF

    Try the search about lube, you'll find many answers.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Ive always been told some stuff called Crystal lube I hear its a bit pricey!

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Thanks, vaseline it is then.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Some reason when I used white lithium grease the bezel became very very snugthis happened on both the minimag and the regular maglites

    havent tried vaseline

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    Yep, I bought a big jar of vaseline when I picked up several Maglites last month. For my non-Mag lights, I use Nyogel 760G.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    White lithium grease out of a spray can (the kind that dries) works wonders for threads for me. as for orings silicone lube is good
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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Silicone grease works fine, I have also used Vasoline on the seals with no drama

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    I use the Nyogel 760G from Lighthound on everything, including my 2D and 4D Mags.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    So there's a different product for threads and o-rings?

    I got the vas for o-rings, but what's this other stuff for threads? Spary on silicone spray?
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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Different rubber types like different lubes.

    Some that withstand most anything will be killed by lithium based products. Ask me how I know this. I had some lithium grease destroy a $300 mtn bike fork.

    I've got a mag that's 20+ years old and vaseline is all I have ever used on it, no problems at all!
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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Thanks for all the great information.

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    Default Re: Best lube for Maglite?

    Yep I concur that vaseline works very well on maglites. I woudn't recommend any which are in spray form as the finishing on maglites are very smooth, therefore using light/thin liquid type greases would eventually seep/creep out from the threads etc making a mess. Also usage of lites promotes heat which will effect the lube. In this case bearing grease which is thick in nature would be ideal and can be found at car workshops or DIY stores.
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    I've used Vaseline, black moly bearing grease, normal red bearing grease, bag balm, dielectric grease, or whatever else is handy, for over 15 years on various Maglites. Never had a problem, never destroyed an o-ring.

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    Ever try Silicone grease ??

    the ones selling in diving shops for greasing equipment .....

    i had greased my surefire and knives, till date (a few yrs), no problem has occur
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    The best "field expedient" I have found is.....chapstick!
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