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    Grand Master Spammer Founding Member
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    LOL, that it is.
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    i have 2 of these lights and they are bright as the sun and very tough mine even have the line cutter built into the tail section, if you have these lights or any of the lights that take the 18650 batteries beware of ebay they sell crap ones, i have found that most laptop batteries consist of these 18650 batteries and are rechargable just split the plastic casing and remove the batteries cheap way to get 6 or 9 of them, i bout a NiteCore charger from amazon to charge them works great. 071.JPG
    This was a HP laptop battery and yielded 6-18650's

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaCorp View Post
    i have 2 of these lights and they are bright as the sun and very tough mine even have the line cutter built into the tail section, if you have these lights or any of the lights that take the 18650 batteries beware of ebay they sell crap ones, i have found that most laptop batteries consist of these 18650 batteries and are rechargable just split the plastic casing and remove the batteries cheap way to get 6 or 9 of them, i bout a NiteCore charger from amazon to charge them works great. 071.JPG
    This was a HP laptop battery and yielded 6-18650's
    Huh interesting, I had no clue they were just 18650s. I like the Cree XML T6 LEDs. They're about 1000 lumens, and are damned cheap (under $20 shipped from china). I've got a few of them.

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    My advise is made sure what you buy has a good track record. I have bought way to many small lights as backup lights to find they only lasted through one dive season. OMS lights suck and their CS sucks. There advise was to buy the newer model because the old one had problems.

    I always had good luck with UK lights. Had a C4 and C8 that did many dives without a single problem. FWIW this was just before they went to led bulds. Still have both lights and they both still work. Just don't dive with them anymore.

    I have a Hollis light that stays on my harness year round and goes on every dive I do. So far after two years and over a hundred dives it still works. http://www.hollis.com/led3-backup-torch/

    I also have an older Dive Rite backup light that still works and I dive when I want a second backup light. It's a cheap plastic body and I didn't think it would last long but it's been a good light. They don't make it anymore though. FWIW I would buy one of their canister lights again.

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    it is amazing the technology jumps we've seen in LED lights the last 4 years. I want to say 2009 I bought a 170 lumens princeton tech shockwave LED for close out pricing (from ST of course) it was less than $100.

    Now I see 400 lumen model that followed mine is being marked down...

    I took the intova video light I just bought on my last dive light...and 2500 lumen x 140 spread is just about the most ridiculous amount of light I could have. At some point my wife was complaining to me about glare.

    I find my 170 lumen princeton tec shockwave to be as much light as I need for recreational night diving. I would say that if I did it again I would buy the 4C model, not the 8C. The extra battery life is fairly meaningless to me...maybe if I was on a live aboard that offered night dives each night. Unless your light has an extremely wide spread, 500 lumen is likely 2x more than you need for the type of diving you described at the beginning of this post.

    Spend $50-$100 get a light that comes with a reasonably good warranty so that when or if it floods it gets replaced.

    eventually it just becomes something like this:
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    Slowly exhale, relax, your brain will kick in...and if you can breath and think calmly, there's not too much you can't figure out, in any part of life.

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    Because I can: Just orderedhttp://www.dx.com/p/richfire-sf-749-...0#.U1JBwaLLOW8
    Will see how it goes, but at the price worth trying and as long as it lasts 6 months the price beats the warranty and any way it will be outdated next week
    Any dive you survive is a good dive

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    Nice torch oddbod. I was curious about the 18650 battery it can use so I googled it and found this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjtwE41PX1g. If you are going to use 18650 batteries (for this or anything else) you should give this video a watch. Even if you don't get batteries like the guy in the video did, it implies how you can get scammed by online 18650 battery sales.
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    This is the one to get: http://www.meritline.com/1200-lumen-...--p-92090.aspx

    Incredibly cheap, and damn bright. Ive got a few of them.

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    Hello everyone. I would appreciate some advice on lights. What is a preferable light angle. I would think the narrower the better but I have only done one night dive. Going on live about with wife and we only have 1 Sola light. I don't like the Sola on the night dive cause it lights up the whole ocean. If I wanted that, I could have dove before sunset.

    I'm looking at these three lights and one is 12 deg, another is 14 deg and the other is 7 deg. I realize they are different LM but more interested in input about light angle.

    http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...tecIFL660Torch
    http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...ecCompactTorch
    http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...ecCompactTorch

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    DK, it depends on the type of diving your'e doing. Dark dirty water needs a tight beam giving you less backscatter and more punch for the same power, but if using as a general light the wider beam is often nicer to use especially in clearer waters and night dives. Also batteries make a big difference when travelling, ie AA are easier to find than AAA and CR123 may be impossible, rechargables are a good option but may not last as long.
    Any dive you survive is a good dive

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