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Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Lights

This underwater flashlight from Dive Rite earned high marks from reviewers from being a super tough dive light capable of producing a truly brilliant beam. Rated to depths of 1,000 feet, this eight-inch long flashlight’s LED bulbs produce 500 lumens of light from a powerpack composed of eight AA batteries. Through the use of a cable adapter, the LED 500 can be fed power from a harness- or belt-mounted battery pack and converted into a canister light. Another feature of this dive light is that the dive light’s circuitry causes the beam to gradually diminish after the first eight hours of use (with fresh batteries), giving the diver advance warning that the power supply is failing rather than simply cutting out and leaving him in the dark. The winding down period for the diminishing beam lasts for at least four more hours. These features make the LED 500 a solid primary or back-up dive light for recreational divers, cave divers and tec divers.

Dive Rite has since replaced this underwater flashlight with their LED 700 model, but the dive light is still in stock with many retailers. As an “obsolete” model, the LED 500 is available at a discount, which makes this very capable dive light a real bargain.

Average Price: $400 (marked down from $500); $600 with corded adapter.