OCEAN SIG­NAL

RESCUEME EDF1

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR / BOATINGLAB -

The EDF1 op­er­ates in sev­eral light modes, rang­ing from econ­omy to high to ul­tra. It emits a red emer­gency strobe light in a 360-de­gree hemi­sphere broadly vis­i­ble from land, sea and air. When it’s fas­tened to a vest, it also has a beam func­tion that op­er­ates the LEDs on only one side. A trig­ger guard pro­tects the de­vice from ac­ci­den­tal ac­ti­va­tion to pro­tect the bat­ter­ies. An SOS set­ting sim­pli­fies sig­nal­ing dis­tress. SUM­MARY: The de­vice is easy to use, the in­struc­tions are graph­i­cally printed right on it, and it projects light in a hemi­spher­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion to be vis­i­ble above and at 360 de­grees. We liked the au­to­matic SOS func­tion. It doesn’t float and can be teth­ered to a vest but re­quires at­ten­tion to keep it vis­i­ble on the water’s sur­face. Our judg­ment is it would be a use­ful ad­di­tion to a ditch bag, ideal for night dis­tress sig­nal­ing but un­able to meet day-sig­nal car­riage re­quire­ments of pyro flares.

COAST GUARD AP­PROVED: No

SOLAS AP­PROVED: No

SHELF LIFE: Five years (per war­ranty)

BURN-TIME SPECS: Six hours

WA­TER­PROOF: Yes (10 me­ters)

VIS­I­BIL­ITY: Up to 7 nau­ti­cal miles

POW­ERED BY: Lithium-ion bat­tery

BAT­TERY RE­PLACE­MENT

COST: $40

REFLECTOR RANGE: 150 yards

A bright, long-burn­ing life-jacket light.

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