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How do you care for your torch post-dive

Discussion in 'Lights' started by Divectionist, Jan 23, 2019.

How do you care for your dive lights?

  1. Rinse it fully assembled, swap batteries once dry, pack it away.

  2. Disassemble everything, soak and rinse all parts, dry and reassemble, pack it away.

  3. A combination of the above

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  1. Imla

    Imla Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Oslo, Norway
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    Fixed the crazy... Im just lasy... I trip salt, 1 trip fresh... everything gets rinsed sortof once in a wile...

    Lungs... however... are religiously rinced with fresh water after every dive, and disinfected after every trip.

    The rest of the gear... Thats what we hAVE caves for :D
     
  2. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
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    Option 1, except that I don't store my lights with the batteries in.

    I rinse the light (battery in or out just depending on convenience). Battery in charger. Once charged, battery goes in storage case and in with rest of dive gear. When light is dry, it goes in a bag with other gear as well.

    Unless I'm diving again the next day. Then a quick rinse, swap the battery for one that is fully charged, and light goes back in dive bag. Used battery goes in charger for possible use the day after next.
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Great Lakes
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    I dive freshwater. No need to rinse.
     
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  4. emoreira

    emoreira Dive Resort

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ARGENTINA
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    I rinse the torch after the dive without disassembly. Once dry I diassembly it, remove the batteries and o-rings.
    I clean the inside, o-ring grooves and clean and lube the o-rings.
    I store the o-rings separated in a bag. Batteries also separated.
    This seems not to fit in any of the three possibilities.
     
  5. runsongas

    runsongas Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California - Bay Area
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    freshwater soak, dry, then clean and lubricate as necessary
     
  6. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
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    I've not had very good luck diving with torches because the flame goes out when I hit the water. :poke: LOL

    Seriously though, I rinse my flashlight assembled then store with the battery removed. I wouldn't want to get the internal parts wet so I've never soaked it disassembled.
     
  7. admikar

    admikar ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Option one, but no battery afterwards. Also no reassembly, to prevent o rings from taking a set.
     
  8. Matt Vandercook

    Matt Vandercook Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
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    i wash the whole light assembled (corded canister light) after every day of diving. every 10 or so dives after its dry i disassemble the canister remove, clean and relubricate the o-rings. i also take a tooth brush to the o-ring grooves and threads of the rechargeable canister and the part of the canister that stays on the cord. i charge it overnight before the day i plan to use it.
     
  9. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New York State
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    Options 6 and 7...

    Main primary light is an UWLD and gets rinsed when it's been in salt water, then put on the charging base. No need to open the battery case except for periodic inspections, one of the great things about that light. Cold water backup primary light is a DR head with a connector to my DUI Blue Heat battery. It just gets disconnected and then rinsed if in salt as well. Backup lights are DRIS 1K lumen handheld lights powered by alkaline C cells. They get tested at the start of every dive, and batteries changed a couple of times a year. They only get rinsed as well after diving in salt.

    Then there's the other (warmer water) backup primary light, a LM. The canister gets opened post-dive, the battery disconnected, and the canister resealed. Later, it gets rinsed if it's been in salt water, taken apart immediately afterward, and the battery put on the charger. No need to wait for it to dry since essentially no water gets to the battery and the battery case is completely dry by the time the battery is fully charged. It gets put together with the battery disconnected, and taken apart to connect the battery just before use.
     
  10. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

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    No rinse, remove cap, rotate 180degrees, place cap back on light, toss in dive crate. Charge before next dive.
     

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