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Comments about eGear Survival Essentials Clip-On Compass - 2012 Closeout:
The compass is slow to respond to the magnetic pull of the earth because it is heavy (a 1 inch disk instead of a small needle) and it is not getting a lot of force to pull it. It takes several (5-15) seconds for the needle to move into position if it is opposite where it should be. It is fluid filled which slows it down, but this eliminates the back and forth oscillation of non-fluid housings. It does appear to point to magnetic North when compared to a bigger compass.
It has a disk with the four quadrants of the compass and small markings between North, East, South and West. It is not built for very accurate readings. It approximates North. The needle disk slipped off the point it is suspended on and was jammed when I first opened the package. It took several shakes to re-suspend it on the balance point. This is not a compass that you would rely on for your main compass. It can jam. It should be accurate to 10 to 15 degrees. You would not go orienteering with it. It could be jammed against the housing so you should know how to check it to see if it is working by turning it in a circle and watching to see if the needle remains in one direction.
The top of the crystal or plastic housing is exposed above the metal housing rim and vulnerable to scratching. The metal housing is thick and includes the clip for attaching. For a light weight compass it is heavy, so I might grind off the clip to make a small button compass for an emergency kit. This appears to be better made than the zipper pull compasses in plastic and it is in a very sturdy metal housing. It is a good back up compass or an emergency kit compass. It could be kept in a safe location and pulled out when necessary. I would not hang it for a pack or coat pocket as a token of sort, since it could be scratched up or damaged.
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