I will be posting internal and external pics of HID ballast from different companies
Please be patient and stay tuned while I take all these pics and post some reviews
If you have a ballast of your own and the brand isn't posted up, feel free to take pics and add them to the thread along with your own reviews
First up, unknown brand
Heavy ballast, feels solid, not flimsy metal. Was very difficult to pull the metal covers off to see the internals.
Completely stuffed with silicon on the back side
Very thin layer of silicon on the front side. Igniter (white box inside) is completely exposed to the elements
Good wire thickness to support the high voltage
Second up: DDM "Raptor" ballast
Semi difficult to pull metal covers off. Filled with water on the inside, but ballast still functions properly
Back side completely filled with silicon
Front side metal cover was very easy to pull off
Silicon looks like it was sloppily splashed into the ballast. Everything is covered except for half the igniter.
Nice thick wires to support the high voltage
DDM/ Apexcome Old Style Slim Ballast
Back cover really easy to take off. Fell right off when the last screw came off
Inside completely COVERED with silicon except for 1 little piece. However, the silicon does flake off to the touch. It is not completely filled
Igniter is basically impossible to pull apart. I'll get back to you guys on this one haha
Nice thick wire. Cheap knock off "AMP" connectors
Front cover was almost impossible to take off. Actually broke a screw driver doing it
Very well coated. Really thin layer but it is very durable.
Back side has some type of clear plastic cover with silicon on top of it. Idk the philosophy behind this but it's not a very good design. Little scratches and tears in the clear plastic and water can get into the computer board
Plugs and wires look very nice. Thick wires
Only ballast I have personally ever seen with a plastic casing. Feels very cheap
Tore the front cover off with my fingers (held on with clips. No screws or sealant) inside has absolutely 0 waterproofing and very horrible soldering points. Everything about this ballast seems cheap and very Lo quality.
EXTREMELY skinny negative wire.
One of the worst quality kits that I have ever seen
Very light ballast
PLEASE NOTE: I scraped all the waterproofing material off of this in the past
Back piece came off with a little resistance. It was very well coated and 100% sealed
Extremely skinny negative and positive wire
G.G. Lighting Ballast
Front cover fell off right after the screws we're out. Back side was sealed and had to be pried off with a screwdriver.
Back side has a metal piece covering/ protecting the internals. Fully encased in weatherproofing material
Front side is 100% filled with weatherproofing material.
Ballast has no plug wires.
I'll get back to you guys on this one. Screws are all stripped out
Stay tuned for more. I am super busy but I will post up as much as possible