The standard of Akko pre-lubed switches
The standard “factory-lubed” switches will have pre-apply lubes on the following parts: 1) bottom housing stem rails, 2) spring, 3) stem and 4) spring cylinder.
Factory-lubed switches can be further categorized as machine lubed and hand lubed.
The technology of machine lubrication is not yet well developed and thus the amount of lube applied on every switch cannot be consistent. This could sometimes cause the switches to be overlubed with spillage. On the other hand, the lubes applied by hand lubrication will be more uniform and controllable, with comparably higher labor costs.
In some scenarios, “factory-lubed” means that the switches are being briefly lubricated during manufacturing. Therefore, we want to clear up a bit about the difference below and it is important to be 100% transparent for customers on what they would get:
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗸𝗸𝗼 𝗖𝗦 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀: the stem and spring has been processed with dry film lubrication, with machine lubrication on the metal leaf corners.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗹𝘂𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗸𝗸𝗼 𝗖𝗦 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀: bottom housing stem rail and cylinder will be hand-lubed in addition to the dry film lubrication on stem and spring as well as the machine lubrication on the metal leaf corners like the regular CS switches.
𝗔𝗸𝗸𝗼’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝘂𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀:
Everyone has their own preferred feelings for typing. The factory-lubed version can effectively reduce the pings/noise and increase typing smoothness. However, the application of lube will alter the original typing experiences on the “raw and dry switches”. And the amount of lubricant applied is also a matter of personal experiences. Therefore, there is not necessarily a best switch out there but just the switch that fits you the most. The purpose of Akko CS switches is to offer more options to keyboard enthusiasts.
𝐊𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐱 𝐆𝐏𝐋𝟏𝟎𝟓 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐊𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐱 𝐆𝐏𝐋-𝟐𝟎𝟓 𝐆𝟎
Below is a diagram: