Treat your gear the way you’d like to be treated. Your parents always told you to treat others the same way that you’d like them to treat you – that is with respect and care. Hopefully you remember to do that most of the time. It also seems like a good idea to treat your equipment in a similar manner. You, or somebody who cares about you, invested hard-earned money in your equipment. Equipment which you depend on to keep you comfortable, or even trust to help keep you alive.
Here are some general tips to help you maintain all of your waterproof gear:
It’s very much targeted at gear used for scuba diving, but these principles will also apply to lights used for working or playing in any sort of foul weather or other wet conditions. While these principles should apply to flashlights and camera housings alike, we do recommend that you look over the instructions for your particular product in case it requires some specific care and feeding. We cannot be responsible for any damage that occurs to your gear. If you’re not 100% confident in your abilities, seek out the help of your local dive shop or purveyor of lighting equipment.
Each time you open a flashlight or a housing, you should clean and lubricate the o-ring or seal. Use a clean, lint-free towel to clean the o-ring and mating surfaces, as well as apply silicone lubricant. Apply silicone grease to the o-ring with your fingers; an even coating should be present, without any debris or excess grease. Be careful not to stretch or deform any o-rings, gaskets or seals that you are working with.
While preparing for a trip is the time to inspect your o-rings and seals. If they look cracked or worn, they should be replaced. When you order replacements, order a couple backups as spares. Also be sure to have manufacturer recommended grease on hand.
Having the necessary tools and materials to do a field repair could mean the difference between ruining your gear or not. To look at it another way, proper care and availability of parts could keep you out on the boat when others might have to cut their day short early.
Prevention goes a long way. After a dive, though you want to have a drink or head back for dinner, always take the time to wash salt water off of your gear. Use clean fresh water and be sure to give the gear about five or ten minutes to soak and really get off any deposits or contaminants that could prove troublesome in the future. Operate any dials, buttons and knobs to be sure that everything has been appropriately rinsed and cleaned.
Following a normal maintenance routine and schedule should give peace of mind that your gear will remain operable for a long time. Getting ahead of problems to avoid surprises means that you’ll get the most for your travel dollars or whatever local currency. Sounds like a good call to us!