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Compass Bubble

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by Prof. Ed, May 2, 2006.

  1. Prof. Ed

    Prof. Ed Empty Pockets

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    Is it possible to remove a bubble that formed in my compass? I like the compass, but can not stand the bubble.

    Thanks,

    Prof. Ed
     
  2. heathah

    heathah Loaded Pockets

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I've found air bubbles in a few of mine as well but I'm not sure how to fix it or if it is even possible. I'd be interested in a way to do this also.
     
  3. Stormdrane

    Stormdrane Loaded Pockets

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    At altitude (above 500 to 1000 meters) bubbles may form in the compass fluid. The cause is a drop in atmospheric pressure and/or low temperature. This can occur in any compass. The bubble will usually disappear, when normal conditions return or will remain if pressure/temp remain the same. Or it could be caused by a leak which as long as the needle is submerged and free floating doesn't adversely affect performance. So, if it's just a regular compass, you can get over it or get a new one, but if it's an expensive marine(boat) compass where your life can definately depend on it, get it fixed. I don't like bubbles either, but they do seem to develop over time.
     
  4. Prof. Ed

    Prof. Ed Empty Pockets

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    It is a SAK Match Box Compass made bt Recta. Other companies make the same one. I suppose I'll have to buy another. I hate to, but the bubble really bothers me.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Prof. Ed