Sea Elite 1500 question

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Malpaso

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A fellow diver was at the LDS last night with this light - http://www.divers-supply.com/sea-elite-1500-lumen-led-light.html
Since we're always looking for the best bang for the buck, it looks like an inexpensive upgrade to this light, which many of us have - http://www.diverightinscuba.com/cat...s-drisdivegear-1000lumendivelight-p-3380.html
However, I read on one of the SCUBA forums that "Cree XM-L T6 isn't able to output 1500 lumens. The spec says 1040 lm max." and, with the same batteries (3C) you can't get 50% more from it than the 1000 lumen light.

Is this really a 1500 lumen light?
 
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1000 Chinalumens, not real lumens. The first light might be 600-ish real lumens. It's probably only 300 Surefire lumens.

1000 lumens for 5 hours off of a single lion. WTH are they smoking? Not possible. Either the runtime is wrong, the lumens are wrong, or both.

Second link: Ahh, 1500 Chinalumens. There's no basis in math for this number. 3 d batteries. 3 to 6 hour runtime? Huh?

I don't think 3 d batteries could support the current draw and it would have to be a triple emitter. Single emitter @ 1500 lumens? Nope. Not real lumens, anyway.

Compare and contrast: A 18650 Zebralight SC600 claims 1000 lumens, for 2 hours. You really only get that for 30 minutes, and ZL is even a respected maker.
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...M-L2-1x18650)-Review-RUNTIMES-BEAMSHOTS-VIDEO
SC600 Runtime chart in that thread, The ZL SC600 drops to 50% output in 30 minutes. I mention this because it basically busts the first "1000 lumen" light claims.

I smell inflated stats.
 
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