Carbide Lamp; 371


Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre


Carbide Lamp

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British made Brass carbide cap lamp. (Premier Mk 3)

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wvcaver 02 Oct 2009 15:55 PM,UTC

think you mean almost nothing that can go wrong with it that you can not fix...

Paul Rowe 03 Aug 2009 23:47 PM,UTC

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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