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Princeton Tec Impact XL Dive Light Review

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Princeton’s Tec Impact XL is made from Xylex with a rubber half-sheath covering the handle for improved grip and a rubber head shroud to protect the one-watt LED bulb from impacts. This is a compact dive light, weighing about 7 oz. (197 grams). It’s about as long as the typical pocket maglite, although with about double the girth. The Impact XL’s bulb delivers 45 lumens of light in a spot beam just over one-foot wide, with a robust burn time of 50 hours delivered by four AAA batteries. The underwater flashlight has only one o-ring to maintain, and is depth rated to 330 feet. Princeton Tec ships these dive lights with a lanyard and a set of batteries.

The Impact XL lacks the light output to serve as a primary dive light, and should be considered as a back-up only from a scuba point of view. However, for divers who are into other outdoor adventure sports, such as camping or hiking at night, the Impact XL makes for an ideal dual-use flashlight. After all, its light output is just fine for surface use, any dive light is also rain-proof, and the burn time of 50 hours is robust enough for any camping trip. Princeton Tec sees the Impact XL in the same light, because in addition to the traditional colors of black, yellow and blue, the dive light also comes in olive drab.

Average Price: $45, although discounts below $35 are common.