What to do With Halo Housings?


#1

I’ve been trying to find a use for the 110 Halo housings I have laying around. I decided to make RGB ergo clears using the Halo housing, 68g springs and Cherry Clear stems.

Overall that combination is OK, but not great. The down stroke feels nice. There’s a little pre-travel and a sharp tactile event. The upstroke, on the other hand, is forceful, loud and jerky.

The housings seem nice, at least for a keyboard with backlight, It seems like a shame to throw them away. Has anyone found a good use for leftover Halo housings?


#2

TBPH, not really. I have a metric shit ton of them & the only decent use I have found is making linear switches with them. The housing seems to be pretty smooth, matched with a re-tooled black stem & some nice springs they felt awesome loose. Although I am not a huge linear fan so I’ve never commited any to a build.


#3

I used the Halo True housings and springs combined with the YOK stem and made the world’s worst linears. I think I just did what Halos are to Topre what to leaf springs. It sucks, man.


#4

Yeah I tried Halo housings with YOK stems & found them pretty bad too. If you use a better slider they are pretty smooth, but in all honesty I really can’t recommend buying a batch of switches just to swap the stem out of them & into Halo housings.


#5

What about Greetech Black stems in Halo housings? Some folks like the Holy Greilhs. Are the Halo housings (apart from the light guide) identical to Kailh Pro housings? Now that I think about it, I should really build some to try.


#6

There are some differences between the Halo housings and the regular Kailh housings.

It’s not just the light pipe – some internals are different. I found this out when I put an MX Silent stem into a regular Kailh housing and was disappointed to find that the silencing pads didn’t work – some other plastic part was impacting the bottom housing first. Whereas the silencing pads did work in the Halo housing, but unfortunately it was a bit less smooth.

The Kailh housings just aren’t that smooth for some reason. However the contact leaf in both the regular Kailh and Halo housing has a pretty sharp-looking bump, so with some lube they might be given a second life with some other transplanted brown stem,.


#7

Oh yeah, they take Aliaz and Gateron Silent Brown stems pretty damn well.


#8

It’s interesting that most people are using them with linear stems. I thought they would be good with tactile stems because of the leaf. The leaf definitely makes Cherry clear stems more tactile, I’m just not sure if it’s in a good way.

I have a bunch of retooled blacks, which are scratchy and have terrible spring noise, so maybe I’ll try those in Halo housings.


#9

The issue with the Halo housings is something I couldn’t place, but @salt_rock_lamp put it into words - the upstroke feels weird.


#10

I made this

MX Silents - lubed with Krytox 205g0
SPRiT 63.5g golds


#11

How do you feel about them?


#12

they are more mushy than gateron clears (aliaz/zela)
but overall I like it and going to use them in my ergodox soon :slight_smile: