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    Default Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    Hi from Australia.

    This is my first post in what looks to be a very comprehensive forum. I am amazed at how many options consumers have these days.

    I am seeking suggestions for a new dive light based on my specific requirements. I have spent a few hours using the search option however after reading 100's of posts containing one line questions such as "which dive light is best" or "I want the brightest dive light available for <$10" posts my frustrations levels are getting a little too high for a Friday afternoon

    99% of my dives are sub 30m depths usually at night in a mixture of murky/silty conditions where visability could be anywhere between 0 - 10m, so I am after something universal. Given my basic knowlege on lights I am better at explaining what I need rather than specific specs so I have detailed below. Please excuse if the terms I use are not correct

    Primary or secondary light? - It will be primary however from looking at what's around it could fit either catergory. A lot of my dives are under ships/wharf's etc so the ability to put in bc pocket or out of the way from lines or cables is important. EG: not looking at something huge or with separate battery pack.
    Price range? - $100-$200
    Batteries - Something that is rechargable or takes C or D type off the shelf batteries.
    Battery life - Would prefer a minimum of 2-3 hrs of life before charge or replacement.
    Casing - Ideally would like to stay away from aluminium. Preferred option would be plastic (or equilivent) with rubber shock proof around it. Working in tight spots they tend to get banged around.
    Light beam - I would prefer it to have 2 settings being wide or tight beam. If not something tight is better.
    Size - No longer than 20-25cm. Nothing with a diameter greater than a coke can.
    Settings - 2 settings (high-low) would be nice.

    This above might sound fussy, but really I am just after a good quality but basic light that can take a knock or two, puts out great light and that can be slipped out of the way if needed.

    Suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    something like that (poit is variable focus)

    http://www.kowalski-uk.com/diving-lamps/led/led-focus maybe change led on XM-L U bin ;-) and even get better shape,

    CON:
    - you don't ned high low - just change focus
    - if you dont like aluminium , just put bicycle inner tube through (I have done in that way and it is perfect , after wearing just switch rubber ; perfect grip ; and cooling )

    next is MBSUB X1- VB with 3C but is more expensive ; same thing maybe change led on XM-L U bin
    Last edited by lucca brassi; 08-02-2012 at 11:13 PM.

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    Hi I had one off the Kowalski lights and smashed the glass on my first dive, but other than that a great light, but from what you are writing I can recommend this one http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/UKTSL3E.html you canít change the beam but it has a tight beam and is almost unbreakable and it is low cost.

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    Take a look at this light... I'm planning on get this one as my backup to my canister light
    http://www.diverightinscuba.com/cata...d=3380{205}251

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    Can someone put here two pictures that I'm interesting in

    1.) close picture between head and body when light is on
    2.) close picture between head and body when light is off

    I'm interested in O-ring position (exposure) .

    @ http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/UKTSL3E.html I'm not sure how gas dump valve is secure on this lamp otherwise is ok

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    On my GUE Foundies was highly recomended Heser backup due to sealed assembly ( lens-led ) similar like Malkoff produce . It works even floded . It is not high brightness lamp but is bright enough . and similar like Underwater Kinetics Sunlight SL3 eLED have cooling of led solved by heating batteries what is in cold water good

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    Quote Originally Posted by lucca brassi View Post

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    On my GUE Foundies was highly recomended Heser backup due to sealed assembly ( lens-led ) similar like Malkoff produce . It works even floded . It is not high brightness lamp but is bright enough . and similar like Underwater Kinetics Sunlight SL3 eLED have cooling of led solved by heating batteries what is in cold water good
    I have seen but not tried a Heser. Very nice design and build. Sealed pil is great. But not that bright. Great for a true "backup" but not great for a "hand held".

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    Default Re: Dive light suggestions based on this specific criteria??

    I own a Heser. It is well built, and bright enough for backup, but it is heavy, bulky and pricey. It is now hanging on my obsolete wall, replaced by two modified "rat lights", which burn longer, smaller, lighter, brighter and just as robust. Cheaper too.

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