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    Posted: 28 Jun 2011 at 2:17am
Currently in the market for a quality dive torch, suitable for night diving in poor vis!
Have been looking at the Metalsub torches, both handheld and cable torches.

Anybody used these, or anything of similar quality? If so how about some feedback thanks as want to spend the big $$$$ wisely :)
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Handheld torches, go new gen. HID only.  Pretty good battery life, better sealing and they are pretty compact now, the days of bulky Ikelites are pretty much over.
 
Cable torches, specialist items only IMO now.  The cable is a weak point, prone to leakage and getting tangled in stuff.
 
There is such a big variety of torches it's hard to say 'buy x and not y' as y might suit you better than x does me.  Best to go track some down 'in the wild' and try them out and make up your own mind on the subject!
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Hi AM,
We have brought in a bunch of the Metalsub product mainly for the Navy and the the Police and it is fantastic product that is really well made and backed up.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ancient mariner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2011 at 1:46am
Yep, seems the Metalsubs are the way to go!
Not sure about the HID's though, seems the LED torches are more advantageous. Better batterylife, can use them out of water, and more than bright enough!

DiveDR, can you sort me out something? Cheers
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The led's dont seem to really penetrate well unless you get a real focussed pencil beam and then you don't get any sort of spread of light.  I've found them to be useful for close in work but not as good as the older tech for general diving when there is a bit of dirt and backscatter going on.  The size and weight is an advantage though!
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Ive got a shorty Intova LED.
It is widebeam, making it top notch for a crayhunt.
Its got 3 settings, Strobe, bright and dull.
Bright scares the bejeezuz out of crays and fires them straight back into their hole so i vary rarely use anything but dull.
 
Round about the $140 mark (i had it given to me) but cant speak more highly of it Big smile
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I've got the same as Mikeyb. Great torch and well priced. Great for possum hunting too!
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If you can hunt down any of the Barbolight torches, you will be onto a winner for many years to come.
I have pretty much one of each model, and they are indestructible. One of the few torch manufacturers that will actually back up their 200M rating.
The LED 900 lumen version has a very pronounced pencil beam for good penetration in the murk, while still having enough spill to do away with the tunnel vision.
Good options for running with a cannister as well.
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I use LED lenser torches, they are the best I've ever used! Beam lasts and lasts! 
with all this cold weather.... gotta love living in Northland!
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I use this model..
I have used it some times now but I don't use it anymore.. (afraid of the dark watersLOL)

I'll sell it to you for @130.. There is no batteries in it atm.. You can come and try it first in the evening if you want.. it uses 8xC batteries and have a life of 12 hours or 20 depending what setting you use.. 
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