Gear Check Lights
Gear Keeper sees light April 2007
Hammerhead, makers of the handy Gear Keeper retractable lanyards, has a new model intended primarily for use with flashlights. The
Scuba Flashlight Retractor has a nylon-braided Kevlar core line attached to an internal stainless steel spring-loaded canister that flushes out
sand when the lanyard is used underwater. The 80-pound-tensile-strength line secures even heavy eight-D-cell lights close to the body. An
easy locking feature allows the light to be used without fighting the retrieval spring, yet can be disengaged to wind in the light. Lights can be
secured with a brass snap clip, a webbing mounting bracket or a plastic snap clip, depending on the light and the diver’s preference. All
parts are made of materials that resist saltwater and chlorine corrosion. The retractor is mounted to gear with a quick-connected system
that allows lights to be quickly removed after the dive. www.gearkeeper.com.
Light takes heavy raps July 2007
Although Dive Rite wouldn’t recommend it, divers could probably use the rugged new LED 300 flashlight as a hammer to chisel off
portholes. The metal casing houses eight AA cells that power an array of light-emitting diodes capable of delivering 300 lumens of
illumination for up to 12 hours at full capacity. After that, the light tapers off but is still usable for up to 30 hours of total burn time. The
brightness compares in color and intensity with a 10-watt high-intensity discharge light. But unlike HID lights, the LEDs deliver instant
illumination and are not sensitive to failure from turning on and off repeatedly. A knurled bezel can be twisted even in thick mitts to turn the
light on or off, and is designed to not activate inadvertently from pressure at depth. The light is operational to 1,000 feet. The 8-inch long
0.7-pound light is packaged with wrist lanyard and a handy nylon mesh pouch that mounts on standard web straps. Predrilled holes allow
for installation of an optional wrist mount for hands-free operation. Learn more at www.diverite.com.
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A flood of light March 2007
Princeton Tec just added two choices for divers looking for a high-performance light with its new Torrent light, which is available with
either a light-emitting diode or xenon bulb. Both lights are small enough to stash in a dive vest pocket, yet powerful enough to chase away
darkness. A locking on / off switch that is said to be easy to use even with gloves prevents accidentally activating the light. Four o-rings –
two on the lens and two on the switch – seal out water. The xenon light shines a 115-lumen beam with a burn time of three hours. The
LED casts a 47-lumen beam for up to 30 hours. Both run on easy-to-find AA cells. www.princetontec.com.
S-Sun's brighter idea April 2007
Shih Sanyo Enterprise, which makes powerful lightweight bicycle lights, is diving into the scuba market. The S-Sun light’s streamlined
plastic case houses two AA batteries that power five light-emitting diodes. The LEDs deliver 500 candlepower of light that is tuned to 5,750
kelvin, the same intense blue color of the sun and High-Intensity-Discharge lights. The color cuts through water better than halogen bulbs,
whose outputs include red and yellow colors that are absorbed by water. The energy-efficient LEDs can burn four times longer than
comparable halogen lights. Although the LEDs are not replaceable, Shih Sanyo says they could be on continuously for 15 years without
burning out. The lights can be switched from continuous high- and low-power and flashing mode. The lights come with a head strap to
mount multiple lights and a wrist strap for hands-free use as well as a wrist strip. The light is water resistant to 164 feet. www.s-sun.com.
Tiny light, bright beam December 2006
Don’t be fooled by the tiny size of Keldan’s new High Intensity Discharge light. HID lighting blasts through dark waters with adjustable 18-
to 24-watt levels for more than two hours of continuous use. Batteries, which can be changed underwater, recharge in 4.5 hours with 110V
or 220V current. The beam is adjustable from 10 to 60 degrees with a diffuser. www.keldanlights.com.
A brighter idea November 2006
Underwater Kinetics’s new C8 eLED has a light output of 170 lumens, which is double the output of its predecessor. The trick is twofold.
The new light combines two light emitting diodes into one narrow 10-watt beam, and they are mounted on a heat sink that wicks
temperature away from the bulbs. Draining the heat away from the light boosts the lumen output by 10 to 15 percent, UK claims. Eight c-
cell batteries power the lights and their circuitry that keeps them burning at the same intensity throughout the battery charge. A switch
enables the diver to choose between full- and half-power to extend burn times or adjust the intensity to the level of light that’s needed. A
slot is molded into the tough case that accommodates pistol or lantern style grips. The light with batteries weighs 38 ounces and is depth
rated to 500 feet. Learn more at www.ukinternational.com.
Light in your BC pocket August 2006
Pelican has just released a perfect light to slip into buoyancy compensator pocket for a backup on night dives or to peer into ledges and
cracks during the day. The PM6 light, available in either incandescent or light-emitting-diode models, weighs only 3.45 ounces. Yet, CR123
lithium batteries allow the little light to crank out as many lumens as many of its bigger brethren. The 3330 LED model produces 41 lumens
for up to 20 hours while the 3320 incandescent model’s xenon bulb produces 74 lumens for up to one hour of continuous use. Housings of
both lights are made of tough engineering grade polymer that is molded with a non-slip textured grip. A detachable black phosphate-coated
steel clip can be used to secure the light into a pocket or clipped to shine a steady beam. It can be turned on or off or momentarily blinked
with one hand by using the tail switch. Learn more at www.pelican.com.
UW Kinetics' bright idea July 2006
Underwater Kinetics’ new SL4 eLED dive light uses light emitting diode technology to stretch up to 12 hours of bright illumination out of
four alkaline C-cell batteries. At 38 lumens of power, the light has a bright, white, eight-degree beam that’s strong enough to use as a
primary light inside caves and wrecks or during night dives. Yet, at 6 inches long and weighing less than a pound, it’s small enough to pack
into a buoyancy vest pocket for use as a backup light. The ABS polycarbonate case is scuff resistant and nearly tough enough to drive nails.
Molded rubber protects the bezel and eases gripping to unscrew the light to change batteries. The reflector is made of solid aluminum, so
there’s never a chance for the reflective material to flake off over years of use. Learn more at www.uwkinetics.com.
De-lightful idea April 2006
Groping for the backup light on night dives or in dark waters is a lot easier when the bezel around the lens glows in the dark, or at least that’
s the idea behind Pelican’s new line of photo-luminescent dive lights. Exposure to ambient light – whether from the sun, cabin light or the
flashlight’s own bulb – charges up the lens ring, so that it continues to emit a green glow. Powerful light-emitting diodes are paired with
reflectors to shine a bright beam that cuts through dark water. Lights are available in four sizes from a small unit that that slips into a dive
vest pocket as a backup to heftier main-lights. The models feature wrist lanyards, recoil lanyards or handy clips, allowing divers to choose
the best configuration for their needs. All lights carry Pelican’s lifetime guarantee of “you break it, we replace it … forever.”
Learn more at www.pelican.com.
Pelican series about lights November 2007
Like the seabird they're named for, Pelican products are at home in the water. The maker of tough outdoor gear has redesigned a selection
of its dive lights, which were unveiled at DEMA as the Nemo series. The series ranges from a two AAA-cell model good for poking around
the dive bag to an eight D-cell unit capable of illuminating underwater vistas on night dives. Night after night. A three C-cell unit is available
with either a standard halogen bulb or a bright light-emitting diode that's miserly on using electricity. Some are switch activated and others
turn on with a quick twist of the bezel. A double o-ring on most lights seals out water to depths of 500 feet. The cases are molded in
yellow, blue or black polymers that are designed to withstand punishing treatment and keep on shining. All are backed with Pelican's
trademarked guarantee: You Break it, We replace it … Forever. Along with the lights, Pelican redesigned the packaging and point-of-sale
cases to enhance sales in dive shops. www.pelican.com.
Lighten up with Sartek December 2007
Exploration divers have been turning to Sartek for years to light the way through caves and wrecks. Now the company has the EBL series
of light-emitting-diode lights that pack powerful beams yet fit easily into a buoyancy vest pocket. The series includes lights ranging from a
tiny titan that runs on a single 3.6-volt lithium cell to a three d-cell model that blasts a 200-lumen beam. The lights are made of tough
aluminum housings with polycarbonate bezels that twist to activate the light. LED lights are miserly on electricity, allowing for burn times of
10 hours or more. www.sarind.com.
Torrent of light April 2008
Princeton Tec packs a lot of light power into its new Torrent series of handheld lights that can slip easily into a buoyancy compensator
pocket. Torrent lights are available in light-emitting diode and standard xenon bulb models. Both are powered by eight AA batteries. The
3-watt LED model is said by the manufacturer to produce 47 lumens for up to 4.5 hours, with a total burn time of up to 30 hours.
Princeton Tec says the 7.5-watt xenon model produces up to 115 lumens for up to 3.5 hours. The streamlined rugged molded plastic cases
have four o-rings to seal out water. Lights are activated with a flick of a thumb on a locking top-mounted switch. www.princetontec.com
Dive NiteLighter April 2008
Cave and wreck divers have rugged long-lasting options to consider in NiteRider’s new DeepStar lights. NiteRider says the energy-efficient
9-watt light-emitting diodes produce the same brightness as 10-watt high-intensity discharge lights. With its rechargeable lithium-ion
battery, the Elite model is said to burn for five hours at 100 percent power or 10 hours at 50 percent. The Explorer uses five D-cell alkaline
batteries to run for seven hours at 100 percent power or 14 at 50 percent, NiteRider claims. Wet connectors allow divers to change battery
canisters underwater. Battery canisters and light heads are made of machined aluminum to withstand punishing abuse in the field. The lights
are available with a Goodman handle and optional accessories for hands-free operation.
Latch onto a Miniwave June 2008
Locks on lights often generate dark thoughts when you try to activate them at depth while wearing thick gloves in cold northern waters.
However, Princeton Tec got it right with its new Miniwave LED. The trigger can be easily unlocked by stiff fingers encased in 6-millimeter
gloves and then switched to the two output positions. In the high setting, three light- emitting diodes provide 170 lumens of bright blue light
for up to four hours. In the low setting of 118 lumens, the miserly LEDs can stretch juice from four C cells for 10 hours or more. Although
a bit bulky, the Miniwave provides the same intensity of light as Princeton Tec's bigger and heavier Shockwave LED, which uses eight C
cells for ultra-long burn times. LEDs are rated for 10,000-plus hours of life, virtually eliminating discovering a burned out bulb when you
arrive at a dive site. The pistol-grip handled casing is rated for a depth of 300 feet. The Miniwave comes with alkaline batteries, a wrist
lanyard and, in the U.S., a lifetime warranty. www.princetontec.com
NiteRider beams brighter August 2008
NiteRider's new Next Generation 14-watt HID light boasts of twice the output of its earlier high-intensity discharge lights and allows divers
to switch between low and high beams to conserve battery power. On the low setting, the light has the same 500-lumen output as the
earlier 10-watt system, and provides up to four hours of light. On the high setting, it provides 1,000 lumens for over two hours. Also
available are HID II light heads, with dual beams that are twice as bright as the single-light heads. Wet connectors allow for battery changes
underwater, a feature cave explorers may appreciate. The HID beam is the same color as the sun, making it handy for videographers to light
up underwater scenes. Light and battery components are depth rated to 500 feet. In addition to the light head and battery pack, the units are
shipped in a carrying bag along with an international charger that can recharge the nickel metal hydride battery in 2.5 hours, a hand-held
mount and a Neoprene head-mount strap. Light and ballast components are available to upgrade earlier NiteRider HID models.
Delight for night dives (August 2008)
Public safety teams and clubs that enjoy night diving can bathe their dive sites in light for hours with the new 9430 Remote Area Lighting
System from Pelican Products. A waterproof switch activates an array of 24 light-emitting diodes that floods a site with 2,000 lumens of
light on the high setting or 1,000 on low. The rechargeable battery provides peak brightness for eight hours. The light head is mounted on a
swiveling telescopic mast that extends 3 feet and rotates 360 degrees, allowing light to be beamed where it's needed. The light and battery
housing are made of a polymer that is designed to be durable and resistant to stormy weather or wind-driven sand. Although compact in
size and fitted with a contour ergonomic handle, the 22-pound 9430 system is more easily transported in a car trunk than hand carried for
long distances. Larger units are available with higher light output and longer burn times. As with its sturdy cases, the light systems have
Pelican's warranty: "You break it, we replace it … forever." www.Pelican.com.
NiteRider shines on LEDs October 2008
NiteRider is expanding its line of rugged light-emitting-diode lights with the DeepStar Elite LED unit that it unveiled at the Diving Equipment
& Marketing Association show at Las Vegas. LEDs now can produce as much power as a 10-watt high-intensity-discharge light, but are
miserly with electrical power. NiteRider says its new Elite model can stretch a charge of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery up to eight hours
on the low setting, five on medium and four on high. Thanks to wet connector fittings, the headlamp can be switched to staged battery
canisters underwater, allowing cave divers to extend their explorations. The 5,000-degree Kelvin beam is similar to the color of sunlight, so
the Elite can be used as lighting for underwater videography and photography. The battery canister and headlamp are machined aluminum,
making them lightweight but virtually indestructible. The light comes with a Goodman handle, four-hour charger and carrying bag.
Pocket-sized primary light November 2008
Underwater Kinetics packed the power of a primary light into a vest-pocket backup with its Super Q eLED. The tiny light- emitting diode
light is less than 5 inches long and weighs a mere 3.6 ounces, yet it blasts a 100-lumen beam. Heat from the LED is channeled through an
internal heat sink that surrounds the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, boosting light power by cooling bulb while warming the battery to
extend its life. The arrangement helps to stretch the burn time to four hours. The unit activates with a twist of the front bezel and is depth
rated to 500 feet. The Super Q comes with the rechargeable battery, a charger capable of holding two batteries and a wrist lanyard.
A flashy way to dive January 2010
Diver masters who want to be easily seeen by their guppies on night dives might want to strap on a Tektite Mark-Lite strobe to their kid.
The Xenon strobe is only 5.75 inches long and weighs but a few ounces, yet it blasts a powerful 180-degree beam of light that lets every
diver in the area know where you are. Another handy use is to clip it off at t anchor line to be a visual aid to ease relocating the boat. One
AA cell can power the strobe for up to six hours or 10 hours a Lithium cell. The Xenon bulb is reated for 100,000 plus hours of service,
and the unit is depth rated to 1,000 feet. The rugged little Mark-Lite was designed for military customers and was shown at the recent
SHOT tactical equipment show at Las Vegas. Consumer models are available in black, royal blue, rescue orange and fluorescent yellow.