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Dive torch for U.K. (poor viz) waters

Discussion in 'Lights' started by GiantMoray, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. GiantMoray

    GiantMoray Regular of the Pub

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    Hi All,

    I’m looking for a new dive torch for then UK and need a bit of advice. I currently have one of these
    Amazon.com : Tovatec Compact Torch : Camping Lights And Lanterns : Sports & Outdoors
    with 130 lumens it’s a bit puny for diving in poor visibility.

    I asked some advice in a previous thread regarding a couple of northern divers lights, but I don’t think that they are particularly well know outside the U.K., so I just want to ask for some more generic advice.

    There are a couple of northern diver torches I’ve been looking at, the Varilux Tec 4000 and Varilux 3500, both approx £150

    They both have a burn time of 1.5hrs at Max and can be stepped down to reduce brightness and increase burn time.

    The 3500 has a brightness of 3500 lumens has a beam angle of 10 degrees and a beam distance of 100m. The 4000 has a brightness of 4000 lumens, a beam angle of 5 degrees and a beam distance of 500m.

    My previous torch was bought for me and I’ve never thought through a torch purchase. I don’t really know what I’m looking for other than a bright torch, I’ll be mainly day diving and it’s for U.K. waters which can be very silty/have poor viz.

    What kind of brightness and beam angle should I be looking at?

    The links to the ND torches are Varilux 3500 Lumen Rechargeable Dive Torch and Varilux TEC 4000 Lumen Rechargeable Dive Torch

    They also have a smaller 1000 lumen torch with a beam angle of 5 degrees and allegedly a beam distance of 1000m but that seems unlikely!
     
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    Check with @romad119, I believe he has some Lite Monkey torches he may be selling.

    -Z
     
  3. jfe

    jfe Barracuda

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  4. GiantMoray

    GiantMoray Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Liverpool, UK
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    I’d rather have a handheld I think, simpler and I probably don’t need the extra burn time afforded by the external power pack.

    I’m really looking for advice as to the kind of brightness and beam angle I need.

    Thanks!
     
  5. GiantMoray

    GiantMoray Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Liverpool, UK
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    Okay, so I’ve been looking at possible other torches to get, I’m also considering the Tektite LS5 (C or D cell battery version?) and the Light For Me - 4XPG. Does anyone have any thoughts or other suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  6. Efka76

    Efka76 Barracuda

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    Try Mares EOS 20RZ. It rechargeable torch, 2300 lm with adjustable beam angle.... or one of Big Blue lights. For reasonable price you will get good quality product.
     

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