Black Diamond VaporLock Magnetron (v1)

Black Diamond
VaporLock Magnetron (v1)

Name:Black Diamond VaporLock (v1)
Sub Item:Magnetron
Category:other locking
Locking Type:full-auto
Unlock Style:simul-press
Nose Guard:none
Gate Shield:full
Weight:56.2 g
Dimensions:Length: 99.88 mm
Width: 67.80 mm
Depth (basket end): 9.88 mm
Depth (runner end): 9.04 mm
Gate Opening: 22.12 mm
Strength Ratings:Major Axis: 21 kN | Minor Axis: 8 kN | Gate Open: 7 kN
Other Markings:Laser: (double-diamond solid logo) Black Diamond | (ratings) read (ce-logo)0333Ⓗ
Dot Peened: 4065A
Batch Marking Location:spine-exterior-right
Collection Criteria:★ Personal Favorite
★ Mechanically Interesting
Summary:magnetic simul-locking, light HMS carabiner
Description & Commentary:

At the time of release, the VaporLock was the lightest HMS style carabiner from a reputable manufacturer. At some point, Black Diamond also released this version with the innovative Magnetron gate, but it was not in production very long. In 2023, examples fetch absurd prices (>$120) on forums and auction sites from collectors and magnetron enthusiasts - higher than any other Magnetron model.

The vaporlock body profile is different than the two screw lock versions I have. The spine is more square, almost T-beam rather than hourglass found in the other versions. I have listed it as baseball bat due to the slight narrowing near the spine interior edge.

Relevant Patent:US8555470B2