Carbide Lamp; 371
Carbide LampAbout this object
British made Brass carbide cap lamp. (Premier Mk 3)Object Type
think you mean almost nothing that can go wrong with it that you can not fix...
There's still the odd one of these in use. Our club (Auckland Speleo Group) used this model as its standard lamp for hire to club members in the 1980s and 1990s. It was the first caving light I owned (1991). The top half is a small water chamber with a dripper at the bottom. The lower half holds carbide which reacts with water to create acetylene gas. The small flint striker at the edge of the reflector allows you to light it up. Simple but effective design. There's almost nothing that can go wrong with it that you can fix in a cave (good when you're hours from the surface).
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