Canister Light Suggestions

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by Colson, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Colson

    Colson Angel Fish

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    Hi everyone, I’m back after a 4 year break from Scubaboard and I’ve got a question for everyone.

    I’m switching to BP/W shortly and have been searching for a good canister light. I’ve come across two lights that I’d like your opinions on as well as what you dive with and would recommend.

    OMS Phantom 3 LED
    Light Monkey 12W LED

    FYI, I’m a Northwest diver that frequents the dark, cold waters of the Puget Sound and I don't do underwater photography.

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Peter_C

    Peter_C Orca

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    Light Monkey! Read the reviews and how their customer service sets the bar and it is an easy decision. Let alone their product is top notch with features not found in other dive lights. Since the battery pack can most likely not flood that right there is another top reason for Light Monkey.

    I have a 21 watt HID and can not imagine having less light in poor vis conditions. LED is becoming the wave of the future, but brighter is better.
     
  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

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    I'm a Light Monkey customer for life. They make very good lights, but when they have problems (as all dive lights inevitably do) the customer service is simply above and beyond.

    The 12W LED is an adequate light for the Sound, although the 21W HID has more "punch" for our algae blooms. But the LED has the advantages of being able to be turned on and off at will, and not having a ballast.

    Hope that's helpful.

    Lynne Colson Flaherty
     
  4. keithdiver

    keithdiver Loggerhead Turtle

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    Save yourself $ and aggrevation Colson, go with the lightmonkey, you will be happy you did!! Ther are 3 of us getting the 21watt HID, and we are really looking forward to them, do to the fact that we have heard nothing but great things, as said also by LYNN .
     
  5. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you go with the 12W LED, I'd recommend the new improved Goodman handle, so that the light head won't be popping out.
     
  6. Colson

    Colson Angel Fish

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    Okay, so it sounds like it's a Light Monkey. I like the idea of sticking with the durability of the LED, I may just bump up to the 21W LED Light Monkey for the extra "punch" to deal with the algae blooms.

    Here's another question, what backup light would you suggest to compliment the LM 21W LED?

    So far everyone's input has been great! Thanks!
     
  7. StreetDoctor

    StreetDoctor Surface Interval Member

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    I'd go with at least 21W and stick to HID, The LED even in 21W form will not have the same "punch". I've beaten the crap out of my Salvo 21W HID (sticking it in the mud, dropping it off the bumper of my xterra, etc.) and it hasn't gave me even the slightest hiccup. Light Monkey or Halcyon IMO.
     
  8. Colson

    Colson Angel Fish

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    That sounds promising for the durability of HID. How long have you been beating the crap out of it?
     
  9. adm3745

    adm3745 Barracuda

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    for backups I love the Intova 4.7w LEDS. THey have a really tight beam and are very bright. Oh ya and they are only $40.00 on divegearexpress.com .
     
  10. StreetDoctor

    StreetDoctor Surface Interval Member

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    About 120 dives. Dropped it off my bumper onto the gravel this morning and then went ahead and did a Tech 1 dive with it. :)
     
  11. a22shady

    a22shady Surface Interval Member

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    I dive here in the Northeast cold dark waters also. after alot of research I got the Halcyon Explorer 21watt with 9AH battery and very happy with it. but my choice was between Halcyon and Light Monkey both Make fantastic lights from what I seen Just got a better deal as Halcyon had a special Promo going on Couldn't say no. LED's are great lights untill you begin to hit murky/dirty water where viz is less then great. If you go with HID get the 21watt you will be happy you did
     
  12. jbb

    jbb Single Diver

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    I like my 10w focusable HID from Salvo (Leviathon, now I think) just fine for Puget Sound. I have a Dive Right too but I like the design and durability of the Salvo. They really protect the battery from flood damage. No experience with the Light Monkey but curious. The best product is the one you don't every have to send to the manufacturer. I must say Dive Rite took care of me nicely after my light flooded - rebuilt the head to the 15w.

    O.k. just looked at the Light Monkey site - looks just like the Salvos especially the little light monkey 2w led lights - i have the rat jr. backup lights i like so much from Salvo. Same, same only different????
     
  13. a22shady

    a22shady Surface Interval Member

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    Light monkey is Salvo. Same quality lights and same great service (So i heard)
     
  14. Pullmyfinger

    Pullmyfinger PADI Pro

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    I have a 12 watt LED light. It's my first cannister light so I have nothing else to compare to.
    I do have a few different backup lights so I can make some comparisons.
    I have two photon torpedo LED lights(3 C-cell), an Oxycheq raider (3 AA batteries), and an Intova 4.7 (CR-123 batteries).

    I have the photon torpedos because I wanted the most reliable light, machined delrin bodied twist-on/off seemed to be the way to go here.

    I bought the Oxychec Raider because I wanted to try it out and the price was good.

    The Intova is brighter than them all, not by a lot but it is noticeable. the price is very good on these as well.

    Considering money and performance the Intova 4.7 is the best option, just put a section of bicycle inner tube over the switch (it can come out of the slot).

    I don't have one, but another choice that looks promising is the UK 3 C-cell twist-on/off light. It's about $50, but the body is plastic as opposed to the machined delrin body of the photon torpedo. (or salvo, light monkey, Halcyon, sartek lights).

    I have no experience with the UK light, but I think it used the exact same LED module that the LED versions of salvo, light monkey, Halcyon, and Sartek lights do.

    Among the lights I have, I prefer the Photon Torpedo lights. Just because I wanted machined delrin bodied backup lights that have twist-on/off activation. They are more expensive, but in the big scheme of diving things it's negligible. Besides, not long after I bought them I forgot all about what I paid for them.;)

    Considering price vs. performance, it's dificult not to recommend the Intova. The Oxycheq Raider is good as well, but not as good as the Intova. I usually loan the Raider if someone needs an extra light.

    -Mitch
     
  15. UCFKnightDiver

    UCFKnightDiver Single Diver

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    The switches pop out, I wouldn't recommend this light.
     
  16. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Giant Squid

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    From some of the first runs, thats apparently been taken care of awhile back. TONS of people use these things nowadays with great success.
     
  17. UCFKnightDiver

    UCFKnightDiver Single Diver

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    Idk I was looking at a newer one the other day, and the switch wasn't the greatest, I could have easily pulled it out, also if this is the case then why are people recommending you put bicycle tubing over the switch? I'm not at all convinced that the problem's been fixed, but maybe.
     
  18. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Giant Squid

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    The bicycle tubing was a recommendation for those first run lights. At this point, they're probably the most common backup out there and the mob of people continuously frustrated with any defects doesn't exist.
     
  19. scott&sara

    scott&sara Nassau Grouper

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    Here is a link to a short review I did on the 12W LM. Not sure if you need to be a member of TDS to see it or not... The Deco Stop

    Scott
     
  20. Anti-Hero

    Anti-Hero DIR Practitioner

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    The most common where? Most people here who carry backups like the scout, PT, Rat, etc.

    And most vacation divers use whatever their LDS sells them. I don't think I've seen a single person here in mocal using Intova backup lights.
     

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