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coralcrazed
09-23-2007, 01:24
I'm really looking for a compact light that will go in a bc pocket and small to stow... I also want a power punch of a light for its size. (doesn't everyone) and... I want it cheap :) any recommendation? thanks

crpntr133
09-23-2007, 10:22
Cheap?!.. LOL. The one that I really like, but don't have, is the Ikelite PC series. http://ikelite.com/web_pages/3lite_list.html

diversteve
09-23-2007, 11:47
I have the UK SL4 eLED. http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=SL4LED

On our last trip, I sat out a dive and loaned it to my buddy. Watching them swim along the breakwater it was apparent that my light was a lot brighter than some of the other's bigger conventional bulb lights.

What I really like about eLED lights is that you can drop them and not damage the bulb. It fits nicely in my pocket also.

Not especially cheap at $62 though.

marchand
09-23-2007, 12:45
I have the UK SL4 eLED. http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=SL4LED
Not especially cheap at $62 though.

I modified a SL4 to an LED light. Not really bright, but it was cheaper than getting a replacement bulb for it.

If you want a light that isn't ridiculously expensive but still bright I would go for a UK C8. It's like $60 and has 2 bulbs, so it is kind of like its own backup light, except if it floods (mine has never flooded).
http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=UKC8

It is a really good light for the price and it doesn't burn through batteries extremely fast.

diversteve
09-23-2007, 12:48
looking for a compact light that will go in a bc pocket
I think this might be the problem with the C8. At least it won't fit in a Ranger pocket - my buddy has one.

plot
09-23-2007, 13:00
I use one of these as a backup: http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=TorrentLedLight

Clip it off to a d-ring and bungie it down and you'll never notice it. It's a very bright little light... especially for the money.

meesier42
09-24-2007, 12:17
I have the SL4 as a backup light, it works pretty well as a day use to look in cracks and other dark places as well. Fits well in my pocket, although I think my BC has a fairly large pocket.

CompuDude
09-24-2007, 16:08
UK SL4 eLED is about as good as it gets, in this price class.

plot
09-24-2007, 16:41
UK SL4 eLED is about as good as it gets, in this price class.

Princeton Tec Torrent is cheaper, the UK SL4 has brighter hotspots, but the Princeton Tec Torrent has a brighter parameter (according to that scuba diving magazine scubatoys signed us up for anyways).

It's a toss up.

CompuDude
09-24-2007, 17:29
UK SL4 eLED is about as good as it gets, in this price class.

Princeton Tec Torrent is cheaper, the UK SL4 has brighter hotspots, but the Princeton Tec Torrent has a brighter parameter (according to that scuba diving magazine scubatoys signed us up for anyways).

It's a toss up.

In my experience (and I have seen this echoed by a good number of others) PT lights seem more likely to flood than UK. Both have good warranty coverage... but from what I've personally experienced and what a lot of others have reported, PT lights tend to need that warranty coverage more than UK lights.

Both seem to make pretty good lights, but I'm recommending UK over PT purely based on reliability here.

No Misses
09-24-2007, 17:57
I like the UK mini Q40. At $17, it is probably the best bang for the buck. It is small (4 AA Batteries). I use them for looking under ledges for lobsters. After leaving several of them laying on the ocean floor, I finally invested in a retractor. Now I can't leave the light behind :-)

Vercingetorix
09-25-2007, 11:05
I've had good experience with the Q40 Plus eLED (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Q40minieLed). It is clipped to my left shoulder D-ring on all dives, even day dives.

vsugihjoso
11-11-2007, 23:40
I like the UK mini Q40. At $17, it is probably the best bang for the buck. It is small (4 AA Batteries). I use them for looking under ledges for lobsters. After leaving several of them laying on the ocean floor, I finally invested in a retractor. Now I can't leave the light behind :-)

I checked the price it's $34.95 for UK mini Q40 which has eLED. Did you mean UK Q40?

Silverlode
11-12-2007, 06:17
I like the UK mini Q40. At $17, it is probably the best bang for the buck. It is small (4 AA Batteries). I use them for looking under ledges for lobsters. After leaving several of them laying on the ocean floor, I finally invested in a retractor. Now I can't leave the light behind :-)I checked the price it's $34.95 for UK mini Q40 which has eLED. Did you mean UK Q40?

Probably not the eLED version if it's at $17.

gibson1525
11-12-2007, 06:47
this thread has some info on the PC-a

http://forum.scubatoys.com/accessories/5678-ikelite-pc-comments.html