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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Category Archives: Dive Lights

Dive lights and underwater flashlights.

19
July

Light And Motion Laser 600 Dive Light Review

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If you do a lot of diving in murky water, or better still a lot of night diving in murky water, the Light and Motion Laser 600 is for you. The standard LED three-cell lamp combines with a powerful lens to create a bright, narrow 8-degree beam of 600 lumens on the maximum power setting. […]

17
June

Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review

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The Scubapro Nova 230 is a mid-sized, flashlight-style dive light with good capability. The “230” part refers to the 230 lumens put out by the LED bulb, and the three AA batteries provide 14 to 18 hours of burn time. That light comes out in a 10″ beam, which sounds a little narrow (and indeed, […]

09
June

Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review

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At 5.6″ long, the Ikelite Gamma isn’t quite a pocket dive light, but at a super light 4 oz (113 g) it’s not a regular flashlight-style item either. That makes it compact, but something of an odd duck. Still, with a 220-lumen, 10-degree beam angle beam, the Gamma has what it takes to qualify as […]

19
October

Tryton Drylite Underwater Flashlight

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It’s expensive, but the Drylite promises to be the ultra-reliable dive light. It lives up to the “dry” part of its name, because the entire flashlight unit is completely sealed at the factory. If you keep it within its depth limits (which at 300 feet/91 m would be hard to breach), it should never, ever […]

24
April

Big Blue AL 1X5 Dive Light Review

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You’ve seen them: those cool dive lights made to fit into glove mountings, making them handier and more secure. The problem is that those lights are often along the lines of the Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200, and cost as much as a new upper-tier regulator. Look no further: the Big Blue AL1X5 offers […]

05
September

IST T-120 LED Dive Light Review

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While it might have a high price tag, the IST T-120 is a compact, high performance little marvel of a dive light. Less than six inches (15 cm) long and weighing only 0.6 lbs (277 g), this dive light is small. Even women divers will find the light small, light, and handy. However, that size […]

27
June

Magicshine MJ-810E LED Dive Light Review

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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 […]

24
May

Best Dive Lights

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Updated April 3, 2013 Different divers have different needs when it comes to dive lights. Wreck divers and cave divers need more powerful, longer lasting lights than the typical recreational diver out on an infrequent night dive. Some divers never even partake of night dives or venture into caves, but still want a handy light […]

Updated March 19, 2013 Most scuba divers acquire and replace equipment on a budget, and some budgets are more expansive than others. While most divers shop on either the basis of the best gear for the least cost, or even the lowest cost outright, some divers enjoy much more expansive budgets. Also, non-divers are often […]

13
December

XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review

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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 […]

05
December

Oceanic Arc LED Dive Light Review

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The Oceanic Arc LED is a compact dive light, easily stowed in a BCD pocket and ideally suited for use as a back-up light, but powerful enough to serve as a primary for occasional night divers. The Arc uses a 6 watt LED bulb powered by three AA batteries, producing a 300 lumen beam with […]

17
August

Moray Diver Communication Torch (DCT) Dive Light Review

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Moray’s Diver Communication Torch (DCT) is a powerful dive light in a compact package, with an extra feature that make it a must-have item for divemasters or anyone who regularly leads groups of divers. At eight inches long and two inches wide, the DCT is fairly average in terms of size for a flashlight-style dive […]

13
July

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 […]

12
July

LED Wholesalers 100 Meter Dive Light Review

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This dive light from LED Wholesalers is cheap, and as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is made from tough ABS plastic, has a depth rating of 100 meters and uses 11 LED bulbs with a combined output of 55 lumens. So, while it can go just about anywhere […]

25
April

Pelican Nemo 1960 LED Dive Light Review

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Pelican’s Nemo 1960 LED packs a lot of capability into a very small package. It’s compact enough to fit into even a small BC pocket, while the ABS resin housing is depth rated to 500 feet (152 m). Those two features make this a solid choice as a secondary or tertiary light for tec and […]

23
April

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 […]

12
April

Halcyon LED Scout Dive Light Review

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The LED Scout from Halcyon is machined from solid Delrin and made with stainless steel internal components. The handle has a waffle texture for extra grip, while the bulb cover is made of tough Lexan, a material more often seen in bulletproof glass. In short, Halcyon’s Scout is a tough dive light with a depth […]

08
April

Tektite Expedition LS4 Dive Light Review

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Tektite’s Expedition LS4 is a fine piece of precision-crafted gear. The main body of this underwater flashlight is machined out of solid aluminum and has a depth rating of 2,000 feet (300 m). With a head encased in heavy rubber and sealed up by double o-rings, this Tektite has a reputation for indestructibility. Tektite places […]

06
April

Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200 Dive Light Review

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[ Light & Motion’s Sola Dive 1200 will probably become one of the top dive lights in the industry in the near future, in spite its hefty price tag, as it combines tremendous light output and ease of use into a compact package. The dive light is mounted on the wrist, giving a diver the […]

08
March

UK Super Q eLED Dive Light Review

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When Scuba Diving [magazine] tested it as a secondary dive light, they described it as the smallest, lightest, brightest underwater flashlight tested that year.

24
February

Princeton Tec Miniwave LED Dive Light Review

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Divers who own a Miniwave seem to love it, with LeisurePro users giving it 4 1/2 Flags.

18
February

Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review

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These features make the LED 500 a solid primary or back-up dive light for recreational divers, cave divers and tec divers.

28
January

UK C8 eLED Plus Dive Light Review

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The C8 eLED Plus dive light can serve as an able primary dive light for both technical and recreational divers.

24
January

Scubapro Fuego Dive Light Review

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The Fuego is a fine back-up dive light for any diver, and a sound primary for divers need only occasional use of a dive light.

19
January

DiveRite Intova LED Dive Light Review

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The small size and high light output make this dive light an admirable back-up unit, but because the beam is fixed to a narrow band the Intova LED would serve poorly as a primary dive light.