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Princeton Tec Torrent LED Dive Light Review

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Princeton Tec’s Torrent LED dive light is a compact underwater flashlight that produces a lot of light. This handheld design has a locked switch which is simple to operate, and the latest version produces 95 lumens of light from a Maxbright LED bulb (older versions produce 60 lumens). The reflector produces a balance between illumination coverage and intensity, producing a generally useful beam. It uses eight AA batteries, and is expected to have a burn time of 30 hours from standard alkaline batteries. The Torrent’s tough plastic housing is rated for 100 meters. The entire package weighs in at only 365 grams (13 ounces) with the batteries included, and fits snugly and easily into the hand. The dive light comes in pink, yellow and blue.

The light’s main strengths are its low price tag and the admirable customer service reputation of Princeton Tec. Dive Gear Reviews thinks 95 lumens is a little underpowered in a primary light for a diver who is serious about his night diving. The Princeton Tec Torrent sits right on the line dividing a primary dive light from a back-up dive light, but dive lights on that line easily meet the needs of a diver who needs a light for entering swim-throughs, grottoes and exploring the nooks and crannies easy shipwrecks. The Princeton Tec Torrent is just bright enough for occasional night diving, but will fill those other recreational dive light roles admirably. As a back-up light, the Torrent is superb.

Average Price: $65