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Old 25 October 2011, 08:08   #1
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what torch on rib?

currently I have a maglite 4D, no LED. Am looking to replace it with LED technology. Use of that new torch would be at night at open sea, from finding buoys to SAR ops.

I have seen many LED torches, from LED lenser to wiseLED (that's one!) and many more
What do you use and recommend?

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From what i've heard the LED maglites are worse than the standard bulb versions. I think it was something to do with light from the LEDS scattering more particularly in fog.
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currently I have a maglite 4D, no LED. Am looking to replace it with LED technology. Use of that new torch would be at night at open sea, from finding buoys to SAR ops
You could convert the Maglite to LED...various people sell conversion kits - usually just an LED bulb and adaptor. I've converted a 6 cell Maglite this way...batteries last forever, it's a good bright light but I seriously doubt it's suitability for open sea SAR. There's threads on here where folks have discussed this before. Try HERE

THIS has been talked up a fair bit
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Drop by a dive shop and get a larger dive light. LED, large enough to be easily held in gloved or mittened hands, and brighter than most non-waterproof lights. Most have a fairly concentrated spot with a less intense surrounding ring, good for reaching a ways out (but less good for searching a wideish area). Completely waterproof, so you shouldn't have any kind of corrosion issues. If you add some of the non-rechargeable lithium cells, they'll have a great shelf life, and a decent burn time. Just make sure you get one rated for out-of-water use (some require immersion for cooling.)

I like the UK (Underwater Kinetics) lights, but the Princeton Tec ones seem to be gaining popularity as well. There's a ton of other makes as well.

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My LEDlenser V2 still amazes me every time I use it. I also picked up the PoliceTech version as well which has adjustable beam/focus. Very bright, but can be too bright if there's moisture in the air which causes reflection.
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Hand torch is ok for Back up,in which case look at ''Wolf eye's'' re-chargeable 6'' and 400 lumins!! Best there is.
But do yourself a favour and get a 12v Aqua sinal hand held (and or fixed mounted) you won't regeret it!
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Fenix Tk70 2200 lumen !

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check out dealextreme.com and any p7 based torch, i use them for night riding on my mountain bike. there are newer version now so browse around but for about 30 you should get a torch plus chargers and batteries.
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check out dealextreme.com and any p7 based torch, i use them for night riding on my mountain bike. there are newer version now so browse around but for about 30 you should get a torch plus chargers and batteries.
I use a 900 lumen one from deal extreme for diving, they do much larger ones, worth a look through their waterproof ones.
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thanks for your thoughts.

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