Underwater Torches 101 : Choosing the Right Kind of Light for your Dive

The Deeper you go, the darker it gets. That’s how it is in scuba diving. But even if you’re diving a shallow reef during the day, there might be instances wherein you’ll wish you had something handy to illuminate a dark patch or crevice during your dive.

An underwater torch (or dive light) is usually handy during these situations. During the last couple of years, underwater torches have undergone many developments that make them better compared to what was available in the past. Torches nowadays often, if not always, use LEDs for its bulbs. LED bulbs are brighter, last longer, and consume less power (giving you more time to use your underwater torch) compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Batteries for torches have also seen changes- remember when you had to run to the convenience store to buy a couple of alkaline batteries for your portable electric device, only to throw them away after a couple of hours of use, and buy a new set? Most underwater torches nowadays use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged and recharged hundreds of times.

With the number of models of torches available these days choosing one can be a bit overwhelming for some people, especially those who are looking to get one for the first time. So how do you determine if it’s the right torch for you? Ask yourself this important question first: How do you plan on using it? A compact torch won’t be of much use during a nighttime dive, while a high-power torch would be overkill during a daytime dive. Determining how your underwater torch will be used for most of its life will make it easier to choose between the different available models out there.

If you’re doing some technical diving, you’ll need a torch that’s durable and has a powerful and bright bulb, preferably with a narrow beam angle. For a mix of nighttime and daytime recreational diving, a less powerful torch with a wide beam angle will suffice. For daytime diving, a compact torch that you can easily put into your pocket will be perfect (and it also doubles as a nice, waterproof, everyday flashlight that you can drop in the pool without any worries).

Aquamundo Underwater Torches

Aquamundo has 4 different models of underwater torches which can cover most types of diving, from the recreational daytime dive in shallow reefs, to the more advanced night dives or exploration dives. All these torches use LED bulbs, powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, encased in light and sturdy aluminum bodies (polycarbonate for the LED-12). They have a depth rating of 100 meters (300 feet), and have been tested to its maximum depth rating in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. For more information about the Aquamundo Underwater Torches, contact or visit the nearest Aquamundo Dive Shop near you.

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