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Offline Florida Man...

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Light suggestion?
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:02:04 AM »
Please recommend a dive light for looking in holes for fish that is very bright.  I have the mako light but its too weak, barely lights up a hole. 

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 11:18:26 AM »
Red Triangle Spearfishing sells good high lumen lights.
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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 11:40:57 AM »
Red Triangle Spearfishing sells good high lumen lights.
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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2019, 12:23:52 PM »
I use a Mako (re-branded Orca Torch) 1000 lumen. No issues.

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2019, 12:51:00 PM »
Big Blue 1100 lumen dive light. I've used it for 4 years now and still works great. I believe the new model is 1200 lumen.
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Light suggestion?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2019, 01:09:42 PM »
Personally I use the Sporasub Eyelight. It is pretty bombproof. I once lost while cleaning a big fish only to find it again several days later and buried almost completely in the sand. It still works great today after several years of hard use.

I did change the cord to a elastic band I can just pull my hand out after the light got stuck once in a hole just when I was about to ascend.  That experience scared me a bit.



I wonder how much difference there actually is between these lights except for the housing?
They may be all made at the same factory and rebranded.

The most important features to me are a switch that operates really easily with one finger and a rechargeable battery that lasts six hours of diving.
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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2019, 01:55:44 PM »
I had a Princeton Tec Genesis 1000 lumen that I liked a lot, but unfortunately lost and have not replaced, because I ended up liking my backup (a Seac R5) even better! The R5 is only 500 lumens compared to the 1000 lumen Genesis, but I have no problems looking deep into holes with it. I am contemplating getting the Seac R20 which is 900 lumens if I can find one somewhere. I like to have 2 lights in case one goes out (or I lose it like before lol).

My only advice is to choose a light that is compact and easy to switch on/off with one hand so that you can conserve battery and only use it when you need it, and it doesn't take up oxygen/brain power when you are on the bottom and you want to switch it on.

The Genesis is an easy to use button, but you do have to cycle through different power settings to get it to turn off which always annoyed me. The Seac is a magnetic switch and is super easy to turn off and on. Also has an adjustable beam angle which is nice.

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2019, 02:17:29 PM »
this is the only light you will ever need

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2019, 09:47:16 AM »
I have had good luck with the cheap chinese ones on amazon. probably manufactured in the same place. save your money.

I currently use this one i got it because you could fit a large size battery in it so it will last all day
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KZ08FOC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


before i used this one worked great but would be noticeable dimmer after 4 or so hours of diving, dirt cheap and the thing is bullet proof. now it is my back up but 2 of these would work perfect and you always have a spare.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DG474HS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

also listen to kodama buy some elastic cordage and put it on everything it will save your life .

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2019, 10:03:05 AM »
I have had good luck with the cheap chinese ones on amazon. probably manufactured in the same place. save your money.

I currently use this one i got it because you could fit a large size battery in it so it will last all day
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KZ08FOC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


before i used this one worked great but would be noticeable dimmer after 4 or so hours of diving, dirt cheap and the thing is bullet proof. now it is my back up but 2 of these would work perfect and you always have a spare.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DG474HS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

also listen to kodama buy some elastic cordage and put it on everything it will save your life .

Just remember to keep a bunch of them in your bag for when your dive buddy forgets it at home and needs to borrow one.
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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2019, 12:29:08 PM »
Thank for the advice.  And agreed about easy switch on too.  The mako requires two hands and turning the end cap...so I end up leaving it on the whole time which is a waste of battery.

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2019, 04:13:00 PM »
Thank for the advice.  And agreed about easy switch on too.  The mako requires two hands and turning the end cap...so I end up leaving it on the whole time which is a waste of battery.
really two hands to turn it on ! I can hold and twist the light on with in one hand by thumb and index finger. I have dived the norcal coast for over 36 years and have found this to be the best light out there. The brightest and best light beam projection, most durable and has been time tested and proven over the years on our rugged coast. Many of monster fish and abs and scallops have been found cause of that light

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2019, 07:04:48 PM »
Maybe we are talking about different lights.  I have the small one.  I believe mako makes two.  Anywho I just want a button or on off switch that is easy.

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Re: Light suggestion?
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2019, 11:22:04 PM »
Maybe we are talking about different lights.  I have the small one.  I believe mako makes two.  Anywho I just want a button or on off switch that is easy.
Sporasub eyelight. No longer made but you can probably still find one new on ebay from Europe.

 

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