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Cheap and best night dive light?

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by miserkris, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. miserkris

    miserkris Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
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    Is this a good choice for a cheap and best night dive light? I might even diy to wrap it on right hand wrist or on my head like a spot light!
    Thx

    Suptig Diving Light High Power Dimmable Waterproof LED Video Light Fill Night Light Diving Underwater Light Waterproof 147ft(45m) for Gopro Hero 6/5/5S/4/4S/3+/2/SJCAM SJ4000/SJ5000/YI Action https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07315JD78/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_xg-iDb6MFT6ZB
     
  2. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Albany, New York
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    I'd buy a DGX one for $60...
     
  3. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Virginia, USA
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  4. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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  5. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greater Minnesota
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    1) Effectively no warranty because you have to send it back to China for service. Shipping cost will exceed product value

    2) Requires an expensive oddball battery (GoPro 3 compatible)

    3) Wide angle, low intensity light

    4) Does not fit a standard Goodman handle and is an awkward shape to clip off with a bolt snap

    I have 3 of the DGX600 and one DGX800. Lights include a standard 18650 battery (or two) and suitable (but basic) charger.

    You will need additional batteries for many if not most use cases.

    DGX offers excellent warranty service. I got a light that flooded due to a defect and they took care of it right away, no questions.

    1) It's not really 1000 lumens. The math doesn't work given the power available from C batteries

    2) Why, in this day and age, would you want a light that uses C batteries? Rechargeable ones are available but expensive and considered an oddball item and do not fit in many chargers. One-time batteries are available but again are a small and declining part of the market, and the cost over many dives is high. I have a flashing "strobe" light that uses C batteries and I now realize it was an unwise purchase. Wish I got something that used AA or 18650 batteries for which many good rechargeable options are available

    3) Expensive when you add the warranty

    1) You're going to need 4 18650 batteries and a charger to make that work which will set you back another $60 unless you already are set up with them.

    2) Overheats if used out of the water. I find that it is a great convenience to be able to grab a dive light if I just need a flashlight for something

    3) Will not fit standard bolt snaps or Goodman handles

    4) Doubtful warranty support
     
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  6. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greater Minnesota
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    If you want cheap, I recommend: https://www.makospearguns.com/Detachable-Dive-Light-with-mount-p/mdl.htm

    I have some of these for my kids. They are $20 each with free freight on an order of reasonable size, and they run on 3 AAA batteries. Rechargeable AAA batteries are inexpensive and readily available, I use the Panasonic Eneloop ones which last for years and years. Not very bright, not very well focused beam, but at least you have a light, batteries last a long time because it isn't bright, can use topside.
     
  7. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Seattle
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    The OP said CHEAP and GOOD. Not expensive with an unbeatable warranty. Show me the light that does not use batteries that need recharging or replacement. For $85 you can buy a spare light + two sets of cells + charger and still be light on the wallet. Honestly I've curious if these EBay lights are any good. The feedback I was given said it's pretty impressive for the price.
     
  8. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Albany, New York
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    I'd also add, that in my opinion, the goal of a night dive is NOT to turn it into a day dive. What I mean is, I wouldn't try to illuminate the entire ocean, rather enjoy the dark, and use as little light as possible to do so...

    I use the DGX 600's and I often keep a finger over the lens to reduce the amount of light they're putting out...
     
  9. Kupu

    Kupu Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NC
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    The first two have served me well over many years, getting my vote as cheap and good. Using AA and AAA rechargeable batteries, plenty bright enough for any night dive but not blindingly bright. Also used as topside flashlight.

    Fantasea Nano. $10.95 Backup light but not bad for primary light on tropical night dive. For a couple bucks more the nano spotter version adds removable diffuser cone making a non intrusive tank marker light to track buddy or guide.

    Tektite Trek 30. $14.95. My primary light for tropical night dives.

    Tektite Trek Pro. $29.95. Latest purchase, noticeably brighter than the Trek 30. Good for looking around wrecks, low vis lake dives, etc.
     
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  10. jerbee

    jerbee Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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    I’ve been extremely happy with my “OxyLED DF10” 1000 lumen light. I think I got it on AliExpress for around $40... it takes an 18650 rechargeable battery, lasts a few hours, and is super rugged... practically indestructible. I e used it for several hundred dives at the very least and haven’t had a single complaint, other than that I’d like them to make an ultraviolet version, too.
     

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