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    Question I need a good underwater flashlight

    Hey all, hopefully you can help me out. Iím looking for a good underwater light to help find objects at the bottom of bodies of water.

    Where at: Primarily in lakes or slow moving rivers
    Visibility: Iím not sure if this is helpful or not, but if I had to guess the places weíll be based on where weíve been so far, the visibility while swimming on the surface during the day is maybe 1 foot at most. So a light that works well in that.
    Depth of diving: 20 ft max
    The light doesnít have to be hands free
    If it was under $50 that would be awesome, but I know sometimes you canít always get good things cheap
    A bonus would be if itís easy to find (say Amazon)

    Really I mainly want something that I can see a long distance with so I donít have to swim as much, or go down as deep. Any help would be great!

    Thanks a lot

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    Barracuda
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    You need a light with a very tight focus for poor vis diving, anything else will dissapear quickly. Search for the Dorcy light, lots of info and a nice dive light.

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    Any one in particular you would recommend? It looks like there are a lot to chose from. I know probably better price is better quality. But I wouldn't want to for example pay $20 just to have something that's able to go deeper when we only need 20 ft of depth pressure.

    Thanks.

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    Your requirements, beam that penetrates in poor conditions and cost less the $50 make it hard. For really good penetration in poor vis. I would recommend a can light with a tight focused beam. Depth rating is really not an issue because all true dive lights are rated well over 100'. You really can't find a dive light with a shallow depth rating so really no saving money there.

    I know there was a company that made backup lights in both a tight and wide focus beams. One of those might work but I'm don't remember who the manufacturer was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comet24 View Post
    I know there was a company that made backup lights in both a tight and wide focus beams. One of those might work but I'm don't remember who the manufacturer was.
    The Intova torches come in narrow and wide beams, I have both and the narrow beam is even useful in daylight diving in clear water.
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    I have two of these I use. Fairly bright and a nice tight beam. Also in your budget. It is the Dorcy referred to above.
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    Just save up and buy a can light. You will be happier in the end.
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    look at the lights here at scubatoys!!! they have lots of info about lumens and size and anything you need to know and their prices can't be beat!!! Larry do I get my bonus yet????
    God is good, no matter what!!

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    Have a look at the UK light cannon, had one for 11y now....great

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivingCRNA View Post
    Just save up and buy a can light. You will be happier in the end.
    With the advancing technologies maybe not.
    Flashlight, LED Flashlight, Xenon Flashlight, Luxeon Flashlight & Accessories
    Who knows what will be available next year? Is it worth spending the money now on a can light?
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