“ Manufacturer: Green Force / Type: Torches LED „
Firtly I should admit that I don't own this torch/ I got the chance to try it out on Saturday when diving off the Eastbourne coast.
After a first dive at the SS Clara (sunk by a torpedo in 1917) using my standard (and much cheaper) scubrapro underwater torch, I discovered that at 30m uderwater it was effectivley pitch black due to the rain the previous weeks and lack of sun on the surface. My torch was ok but only gave a narrow beam of light. As a fellow diver decided not to go in for the second dive in the afternoon he said I could try out his Green Force umbilical torch. It was perfect for the dive, but at the price I don't think I could strecth to buying one myself.
The Green Force umbilical torch consists of a battery pack wich can be attached to your cylinder (or wherever suits you) during a dive. The battery pack can be filled with 12 AA size Alkaline batteries or 12 AA size rechargeable NiMH batteries which gives about 2 hours of light at full power. Obviously for just 2 hours the rechargeable batteries are going to be the most economical.
The battery pack is connected to the head by an umbilical power cord which is approximatley 110cm long. This is long enough to be very manouverable and easy to position wherever you require.
The head of the torch is connected via heavy duty reinforcement of the power cable making the torch very robust and hard wearing. The head of the torch measures approximatley 50mm in diameter by 20cm in length. It is comfortable to hold and easy to grip whil;st wearing thick diving gloves.
This is the main advantage of the torch. Using the large battery pack means that the torch has alot more power than a handheld torch. Depending on the batteries used a voltage 14.4V to 18V can be generated and the output power is rated at 960 lumen (My scubapro is 250 lumen).
The power of the torch is very evident when comparing with my scubapro handheld. In dark conditions and low visibility I would estimate that I could see down the beam about 4m compared to less than 2 using the scubapro.
The torch has a 10 degree angle (meaning that the beam spreads 10 degrees or 10/360ths of a circle). This is more than adewuate and allowed me to look around the sunken boilers, find the propellor and poke the head into lots of holes looking for lobsters and crabs.
Prepare yourselves......This torch sells for about £360! This is way out of my price range, but if you can afford it it really is a very good torch for serious scuba diving.
A very powerful high quality torch. Too expensive for me so it looses a star, but otherwise faultless.
Green Force Quadristar Xpgh + Hybrid 12 Umbilical. The Hybrid 12/Quadristar XPGH combines the most powerful Hybrid pack with a 960 lumen lighthead. When equipped with AA Alkaline batteries, this compact configuration will offer you nearly 2 hours of burn