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XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The DL3 dive light from XS Scuba is a fairly basic, straight-forward back-up dive light. The underwater flashlight design uses a double o-ring seal and has a depth rating of 500 feet (152 m). The 3-watt LED bulb produces 70 lumens of light, and is powered by four AA batteries. This power pack lasts for more than six hours, and produces peak light for about 2 1/2 hours. Batteries and a lanyard are included.

The light output of the DL3 is too low for use as a recreational primary light. An output of 70 lumens might suffice to muddle through a long swim-through or shallow grotto, but it’s not enough for night diving. As such, a recreational diver who intends to own only one dive light should buy something with more light output. As a back-up, however, the DL3 is excellent. It has a simple, robust design, a depth rating sufficient for extremely deep dives, and it’s reasonably priced.

Average Price: $40