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First dive light.

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Chanly83, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ok you can keep it to yourself for whatever reason. Contemplating your first dive light and a CCR in the same thread is rather ambitious. I do know that you will probably regret buying a cheap light in about 2 years. That's when people tend to outgrow what was decent at the time. Of course that assumes you're still diving at that point.
     
  2. Chanly83

    Chanly83 Nassau Grouper

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    @rjack321 the reference between a dive light and CCR training I’ll admit was a leap. But it was the first thing that popped into my head.
    Playing it close to the vest is mainly because of people judging the book by the cover.
    As for the light I agree with you. I figured the LX20 or the LM Handy would be good enough for now and something I could transition into being a darn good backup/ travel light down the road.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Divemaster

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    I'm quite fond of the Mares Eos 3 RZ. It sits nicely in the BC pocket. Bright enough for seeing in small wrecks and multi brightness as well as flash mode
     
  4. Nasser

    Nasser ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was introduced to the DragonSub Megalithium 5 during a tech course. It's a relatively unknown but excellent primary light. I think they're made in Murcia, Spain. They're a small operation so I expect they're better known in Europe than in North America. The cost is up there in the 200 Euro range and I'm sure you can get much cheaper good lights, but man are these nice...and they can take a beating.

    Megalitium 5 « Dragonsub – Official site for Dragonsub in English
     
  5. FezUSA

    FezUSA Nassau Grouper

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    I just ordered the light you recommended, trying to determine which of those socks is the correct one though. I see the universal that you say not to get, but there's 2 of the others: Raider I & II is one model, the other is Raider III. No dimensions listed! Same price for each. Any idea which one is the best fit?

    Thanks!

     
  6. geoff w

    geoff w Divemaster

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    Same here. The LX20 specs don't do it justice. Great light to dive with. My biggest problem is it has a long burn time, and a couple of times I didn't charge it for many dives and then it died partway through a dive; I guess expecting over 10 hours of burn time was unreasonable. Now I charge it every couple of dives, whether I need to or not. Unless you're doing a 5+ hour dive, I don't see any reason to get a can light. You can't beat DiveRite's customer service, either
     
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  7. geoff w

    geoff w Divemaster

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    I beach dive with my LX20 a lot. If the surf is really up, the switch can get a little tough to turn. Fortunately, the whole ring assembly unscrews with a small allen wrench after taking a couple of phillips head screws out for the quick release mount. Wash in fresh water, put on a little lube (or not) of your favorite flavor, reassemble and it works like new. I learned this trick from talking to the Dive Rite guys at a scuba show
     
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  8. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Raider I
     
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