LIGHTS

WE TESTED 17 DIVE AND VIDEO LIGHTS

Scuba Diving - - Scubalab -

1BIG BLUE TL4800P MSRP $479.99 CON­TACT BIGBLUEDIVELIGHTS.COM This quadru­ple-led light de­liv­ers a tight, 10-de­gree beam with more il­lu­mi­na­tion in our lab test than any other light. For­tu­nately you can step it down to 50 per­cent, 25 per­cent and even 10 per­cent (there’s also an emer­gency strobe) with the push-but­ton switch. It’s a bit chunky, but it took very good er­gonomic scores thanks to the se­cure lantern han­dle. With oo­dles of well-con­trolled power and a ter­rific beam, the TL4800P was our Testers Choice for large lights. 2SEAC R30 MSRP $239 CON­TACT SEACUSA.COM De­spite the club­like pro­file rem­i­nis­cent of an old­fash­ioned watch­man’s light, the R30 earned lit­tle but praise from divers. It scored very good for beam pen­e­tra­tion, color and light out­put. Divers ap­pre­ci­ated the beam that can be ad­justed from 12 to 75 de­grees by twist­ing the light head. The slid­ing mag­netic switch took the top score for ease of op­er­a­tion in its cat­e­gory. Handy, ver­sa­tile and af­ford­able, the R30 was our Best Buy. 3SEALIFE SEA DRAGON MINI 900 MSRP $79.95 (NOT IN­CLUD­ING BAT­TERY) CON­TACT SEALIFE-CAM­ERAS.COM The Mini 900 led the pack in nearly ev­ery test cat­e­gory and was over­whelm­ingly cho­sen by divers as their fa­vorite com­pact light. The pow­er­ful beam, which can be stepped down to half or quar­ter power, was rated very good for color, bright­ness and pen­e­tra­tion, as well as emer­gency strobe and SOS flash mode. The an­odizeda­lu­minum body is com­pact and fea­tures a nicely tex­tured grip. The Sea Dragon Mini 900 was our Testers Choice for com­pact lights.

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