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rye_a
03-03-2008, 22:56
I'm looking for a good strobe with a long battery life for my emergency kit. I would like something small enough to attach to the top of my SMB. Any recommendations?

CompuDude
03-03-2008, 23:22
Long life, Bright.

Choose one. :(

LED last the longest, but is the dimmest. Xeon strobes are bright as heck, but don't last nearly as long.

DarinMartell
03-03-2008, 23:28
I am getting this one so I can use it as a backup light and strobe: ACR Firefly Plus - Strobe/Flashlight Combo (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=44902&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults)

navyhmc
03-03-2008, 23:42
I am getting this one so I can use it as a backup light and strobe: ACR Firefly Plus - Strobe/Flashlight Combo (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=44902&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults)

Not too bad:

Ideal for boaters, hunters, campers, skiers or diver's BC pocket; includes wrist lanyard and velcro strap
Omni-directional strobe visible up to 2 miles (3.2 km)
Waterproof to 328 ft (100 m); for diving, use non-petroleum based lubricant on O Ring seal to ensure maximum waterproof integrity
Floats if dropped overboard
Operates on 2 “AA” alkaline or 2 “AA” lithium batteries
Operating life - Strobe - 10 hours; flashlight - 2 hours continuous
Size: 5.3 x 1.5 in (13.5 x 3.8 cm)
Weight: 5.0 oz (142 g)
Material: High impact ABS case
Color: International orange
Operation: Hold light body constant, turn ring to left or right to activate strobe or flashlight
Waterproof: Up to 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 6 ft (1.8 m) wide at a distance of 3 ft (.9 m)
Strobe: Omni-directional 360
Visibility: High intensity strobe light is visible up to 2 miles (3.2 km)
Flash Rate: 40-60 flashes per minute
Lamp: Xenon flash tube with Krypton bulb
Battery Type: 2 “AA” alkaline or lithium batteries
Limited Warranty: 1 year
Operational Life: Strobe-10 hours; flashlight-2 hours continuous

CompuDude
03-03-2008, 23:57
10 hours is probably enough. It'll get you from dusk to dawn, for the most part.

Crimediver
03-04-2008, 06:27
I have one of them. It works well and has never flooded.

rye_a
03-04-2008, 09:46
Leaning towards this (http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_972/Context_965/Sort_Stock/DescSort_0/Filter_1%3d392/TKTSTS.html?Hit=1) one. I like the fact that it has a 30+ hour (in ideal conditions) battery life.

DarinMartell
03-04-2008, 10:37
10 hours is probably enough. It'll get you from dusk to dawn, for the most part.

My thought was if I am out of site of land I could throw in a couple extra AA's in my Otterbox 1000 I keep my car keys and money clip in.

fireflock
03-04-2008, 16:04
ACR ELECTRONICS, INC. | Personal Rescue Light - Military Specification (3990) | MS2000M from the ShipStore.com ™ on-line catalog. (http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/ACR/ACRMS2000M.html)

They show up new on ebay in the $75 range.

I've tried a number of more consumer oriented strobes and had them all crap out eventually. The people searching for you will know what they're looking for with this one.

Rich

rye_a
03-04-2008, 16:08
ACR ELECTRONICS, INC. | Personal Rescue Light - Military Specification (3990) | MS2000M from the ShipStore.com on-line catalog. (http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/ACR/ACRMS2000M.html)

They show up new on ebay in the $75 range.

I've tried a number of more consumer oriented strobes and had them all crap out eventually. The people searching for you will know what they're looking for with this one.

Rich


Wow. Gotta love that it is milspec. How big is it? If I attach it to the top of a SMB will it pull it over?

CompuDude
03-04-2008, 16:55
As long as we're looking at over the top strobes:
JOTRON AQ-4 Personal Strobe [Light-Jotron-AQ-4] - $114.20 : Tech Diving Limited, a subsidiary of Scuba Training and Technology Inc. (http://tdl.divebiz.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21_102121&products_id=101972)

But seriously, the Tektite one or the ACR one will suffice for your needs.

Remember, it's gotta be small enough that you're actually going to take the sucker with you on every dive, to really be useful.

rye_a
03-04-2008, 17:12
I think I will go with a Tektite LED with the idea that it is light and has a long burn time (which I hopefully won't ever need.

UCFKnightDiver
03-04-2008, 17:41
ACR ELECTRONICS, INC. | Personal Rescue Light - Military Specification (3990) | MS2000M from the ShipStore.com on-line catalog. (http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/ACR/ACRMS2000M.html)

They show up new on ebay in the $75 range.

I've tried a number of more consumer oriented strobes and had them all crap out eventually. The people searching for you will know what they're looking for with this one.

Rich


Hmmm I think I would like one that was multi directions like with a domed top

fireflock
03-04-2008, 19:25
It's not that big at all, maybe a little smaller than a pack of cigarettes (I'm not a smoker, but I think that's about the right size).

Being a rectangle, I find it easier to pack in a pocket than one of the round ones.

I have a bigger SMB and it would be no problem on the top.

buddhasummer
03-05-2008, 19:31
I recently aquired the Jotron AQ4 and it is a very well made strobe with some impressive specs, it is however on the upper limit size wise, it only uses 1 C cell but its 16cm long and at its widest 4.5cm...but I know ill be glad that i have it if i ever need it...I did need to buy a bellows pocket to store it in tho...am trying to figure out a way to attach a snap to it so I can clip it off on my left chest D ring as previously said its only any good if ya carrying it....if ya dont then the best strobe in the world is useless...good luck....