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Lights

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The minimum research for a review at Dive Gear Reviews is one review published by a credible magazine, a sampling of consumer commentary from both forums and online retailers, a sampling of pricing and insight from a diving expert. For an entry to appear on this dive lights reviews page, it must exceed that minimum. The reviews below are therefore the most extensively cross-referenced reviews for this type of gear on the website. For more dive light reviews, click here.

Princeton Tec Shockwave LED Dive Light Review


The Shockwave LED from Princeton Tec is a pistol-grip style dive light fitted with three LED bulbs putting out 400 Lumens. The power supply comes from eight C batteries, which endow the dive light with a stamina of 20 hours at full power. The dive light’s “trigger” functions as both a locking safety and as a setting dial, allowing for adjustments in both brightness and beam width. The depth rating for the dive light is 328 feet (100 m), and for a dive light of this type and power, the Shockwave LED comes at a reasonable price tag, and with a set of premium-label alkaline batteries and a lanyard included. The negatives for this underwater flashlight are minor: the trigger control sticks and requires a little force to manipulate, and the Shockwave weighs in at two lbs. Scuba Diving described the dive light as a stand-out, and the British divers at Dive called it “a super-bright and punchy light at a price that is under half of our […] budget.” Leisure Pro users gave it a 4-Flag rating. Overall, Princeton Tec’s Shockwave LED is an inexpensive, capable choice for a primary dive light.

Average Price: $140

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Tektite Expedition LS4 Dive Light Review

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 so much confidence in their products that their torches come with a lifetime warranty.

At 10.25 inches (26 cm) in length and 1.5 lbs (.68 kg) in weight, the flashlight is compact enough to be used as a back-up flashlight for deep-diving wreck and cave divers, and with an output of 220 lumens from a 5-watt LED bulb, the Expedition LS4 has just enough light output to be used as a primary. The reason why is because this Tektite dive light produces a tight, powerful beam with a minimum of diffusion, meant to cut through dark murky water. Power is supplied by three D batteries, with roughly 10 hours of burn time. The dive light has a textured handle for better grip, a glare guard and a padded wrist lanyard.

Dive magazine in the UK called the Expedition LS4 a “good value all-rounder,” and Scuba Diving labeled it a “serious light for serious divers.” Dive Gear Reviews thinks this is a tough dive light, and given how tough it is and what it can do, the price tag is fair. For most recreational divers, the LS4 is probably more than required. However, if you are a recreational diver or light-duty tec diver and your last dive light saw a lot of use and wound up broken, this might be the replacement for you. For serious tec divers, it’s a solid light at a reasonable price.

Average Price: $170

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UK C8 eLED Dive Light Review


The C8 eLED Plus from Underwater Kinetics (UK) is a mid-sized, pistol-grip dive light. For divers who are unfamiliar with Underwater Kinetics, “UK” is an American and not a British company. The flashlight tube is 7 inches long and 3 inches wide, and the package weighs about a kilogram (2.2. lbs). The light comes from two 6-watt LED bulbs, and the trigger allows the user to set the beam to half-power (160 lumens) and full-power (250 lumens) as the circumstances require. The C8 eLED Plus draws power from eight C batteries, and has a burn time of about six hours at the full-power setting. With a depth rating of 500 feet, the C8 eLED Plus dive light can serve as an able primary dive light for both technical and recreational divers. Dive magazine described the dive light as “pretty good value for money,” and Scuba Diving endorsed it with Best Buy and Tester’s Choice recommendations. LeisurePro users loved the dive light as well, with the C8 eLED Plus earning 4-1/2 flags.

Average Price: $170