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Sola Dive 1200 vs 800

Discussion in 'Light and Motion' started by Bokito, May 19, 2017.

  1. Bokito

    Bokito Angel Fish

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    A question for the more experienced divers amongst you;

    Are the Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200 extra lumens in comparison to the Sola Dive 800 (in wide angle only) worth the extra cost? The difference is quite significant (U$400 vs U$300)

    My main diving takes place in clear warm water but I'd like it to be a "future-proof" purchase.
     
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  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's 50% more lumens for 33% more cost.
    Wide-angle is usually not a very useful dive light....narrow angle allows brighter, and signaling your buddy, and pointing at things.
     
  3. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    You also get a higher capacity battery and a faster charger for those hundred bucks
     
  4. RyanT

    RyanT Solo Diver

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    I would definitely go for the 1200. Even in spot mode, I find the 1200's light output to just be OK. My $50 backup light is a little better. On the other hand, my $50 light does not have a flood mode, which can be handy for night dives or you can even use the flood for some gopro video. The ergonomics of the Sola are also better than just about anything I've tried.
     
  5. Bokito

    Bokito Angel Fish

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    Good point.

    The light in the flood mode (60°) of the Sola Dive 1200 is brighter (1200/600/300 lumens vs 800/400/200 lumens) and runs as long as the Sola Dive 800.

    The brightness of the two lights in spot mode (12°) is equal (both 500/250/125 lm) but runs longer (110/220/440 minutes vs 70/140/280 minutes).

    The 1200 charger is 2 vs 1 Amp but the charging times are equal.

    [edit after fact-checking the manual]
     
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  6. RyanT

    RyanT Solo Diver

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    The extra lumens in flood mode is not really brighter than spot mode. Even though you have more light, it's spread over a larger area, so it really doesn't seem brighter, it just illuminates more area. I use my 1200 on every dive and that means mostly in the daytime. In many cases, I find the spot mode to be merely "adequate" on high. Of course if you do find it to be too bright, you can always switch down to medium or low. Personally, I wish I had gotten the S/F 2500. But I wasn't willing to make the jump from $400 to $700.
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OP, you're more likely to find the 1200 more suitable in more situations than the 800. But it sounds like you are trying to talk yourself into the 800. Fine, go for it. My guess is you will ultimately wish you had not tried to hard to save $100.
     
  8. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The 800 and 1200 use the exact same charger. The 1200 has a bigger battery, but it draws more juice, so it's about the same in the end.

    We have a close out on the Sola 800 Photo for only $219, plus mount, so that's $180 difference!
     

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