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Magicshine MJ-810E LED Dive Light Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Magicshine MJ-810E LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

If you aren’t familiar with Magicshine (and you probably aren’t), they are a Chinese company that specializes in durable light systems for diving and cycling. In the MJ-810E, the company has produced a flashlight-style dive light that resembles nothing so much as a lightsaber, and performs like one underwater.

The MJ-810E is about 8 1/2 inches long (22 cm) and 2 inches (5.5 cm) wide at the crown. The dive light is about the size of a typical robust, but not heavy-duty flashlight, and therefore not very compact. However, for its size the MJ-810E has an enormous power output, cranking a floodlight beam with a maximum brightness of 1,000 lumens!

With an aluminum housing, a scratch resistant lens, and a shock-absorbing design, this Magicshine dive light is a tough piece of gear, and rated for 328 feet (100 m) of depth. It has four settings — hi, medium, low, strobe — controlled by a magnetic ring collar on the flashlight’s upper tube.

That makes it easy to operate, but leaves open the slight possibility of accidentally turning the dive light on in mid-dive or storage. Also, some owners report overheating problems with the powerful LED bulb. The crown of the dive light is designed to function as a radiator, but this only reaches its full potential when the light is underwater. In the open air, using the dive light at full power for prolonged periods might cause some of its parts to burn out.

With so much power output, the MJ-810E needs more than conventional alkaline batteries to work. Instead, the dive light uses 18650 Li-ion Batteries. These batteries are sometimes confused with the lithium ion version of the AA battery, but they are in fact somewhat larger. Magicshine’s MJ-810E comes with a pair of batteries and a recharging kit, as well as a wrist lanyard.

Excepting the overheating problem, which from all reports is only even a potential issue if you try to use the dive light as a normal flashlight and on its highest power setting, the consumer feedback for the MJ-810E has been overwhelmingly positive. While almost $100 might seem like a steep price tag for a dive light, it’s actually quite a bargain when you consider the high light output, something that becomes obvious when you compare it to other 1,000 lumen dive lights.

Average Price: $100