Best and Brightest: AQUA LUNG ALU TRIO, MARES EOS 5, TEKTITE EXPEDITION LS5
AQUA LUNG ALU TRIO
›› Self-locking magnetic slide switch offers easy one- handed operation
›› Finger indents in the metal casing improve the grip
›› Can be powered by eight AA batteries on full power or four AA s at half power
The Alu Trio’s elliptically shaped aluminum housing is not only eye-catching, but it also is easy to hold and operate. Triple LED bulbs produce a total of 780 lumens, powerful for a light this size. What’s more, the Alu Trio is depth rated to 1,000 feet.
780 Lumens Uses 8 AA batteries
CONTCT: aqualung.com MSRP: $359
MARES EOS 5
›› Aluminum body is corrosion resistant for extended saltwater use
›› Twist on/off light head is fitted with a nonslip rubber half-shroud
›› It weighs in at just under one pound, fully loaded Depth rated to 393 feet, this powerful torch is 9 inches long and delivers some high-intensity light with a mottle-free center beam. The battery casing is double- O-ring protected. A lanyard is included.
620 Lumens 14-16 hrs on 3 C Batteries
CONTACT: mares.com MSRP: $190
TEKTITE EXPEDITION LS5
›› Batteries and LED high-power emitter are protected by a double- O-ring seal
›› Specialized optics produce an ultratight 10-degree beam pattern
›› Light head is shrouded in rubber that acts as a glare guard
A flat-black body with textured grip machined from a solid bar of anodized aluminum and a 2,000-foot depth rating make this a serious dive light for serious divers. It comes with a cushioned wrist lanyard.
750 Lumens 2.5+ hrs on 3 C batteries
CONTACT: tek-tite.com MSRP: $289.95
Dive lights make night dives possible, and they can really ratchet up the fun quotient of a day dive by allowing you to probe darker recesses in the reefs. Whether you prefer a mini light that lives in a BC pocket (until you need it), a powerful primary light that can lay down some serious illumination on a tropical night dive, or a compact canister light that you wear on your wrist, there are myriad models to choose from ranging in size, burn time (dependent on the type, size, number and even brand of batteries being used, and also on the measuring procedure), power and price. Check out this group of 13 new dive lights, and you’ll see what we mean.