October 02, 2018

Top 5 Dive Light Maintenance Tips and Tricks

If you want your dive light to last a long time, you need to make sure it's well-maintained. Read on to learn about the top dive light maintenance tips.

Buying new scuba gear can feel a lot like Christmas came early. That is unless you're constantly replacing certain diving tools that you keep breaking or losing!

There's no sense in being a regular at your local dive shop or favorite equipment site if you're always going back for the same thing. Take the time to learn what the proper maintenance and storage habits are for everything from your suit and mask to your dive light and even your watch.

For help keeping your dive light in good condition, use the 5 tips listed below.

1. Check Your Light Before You Dive

The last thing you want is to be deep below the water's surface only to have your dive light give out on you. As such, it's best to check your dive light before you head out.

The most important pieces to check are the o-ring seal, the lid head, and the batteries. You want to make sure there's no chance of water leaking into your dive light and that the batteries are fully charged for your next underwater adventure.

2. Don't Place Your Light on Sand

Keep track of your dive light once your back on land, and don't let it touch the ocean floor, either. Think about how tiny a grain of sand is. All it takes is one bit of sand to get into your dive light and mess up the switch and screws, ruining the quality of your light for good.

3. Always Protect Magnetic Switch Lights

Speaking of the light switch, be mindful of magnetic interferences if you have a magnetically-controlled switch light. Items that may cause such interference include a credit card, a phone, a compass, or even a watch. Always check the metals you're diving with and interacting with when you have your dive light nearby.

4. Give Your Dive Light a Good Rinse Post-Dive

No matter how tired you are after a dive or all the gear you have to put away, make sure you clean your light.

Put it in a bucket of fresh water right away to soak off the salt water. Salt can cause corrosion on the outside of the light, which hinders the overall lifespan if not cleaning becomes a habit. Wipe the dive light dry with a soft cloth after it's done rinsing and open it to inspect the inside.

5. Wait for It to Dry Before Opening

Although a dive light is meant to go underwater, the inside of the light is highly sensitive to water. That's why you have to wipe it thoroughly and make sure it's completely dry before you open it up.

Then, check the inside of the o-ring for any dirt or damage and take the batteries out, too. It's best to store dive light batteries separate from the rest of the light pieces to keep everything working in top condition.

Find the Right Dive Light for Your Scuba Needs

It's one thing to know how to care for a dive light and another to understand which dive light is right for you. The strength and quality of each light has a certain purpose, and it can have a big effect on your overall diving experience.

Click here to explore all the lights we have and find your ideal option.