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Sola Dive 800 S/F

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Sola Dive 800 S/F USD

Regular Price: $300

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"This light is awesome! It's powerful, lightweight, and leaves your hands free to hold a camera, climb up a ladder, etc. Rechargeable battery is icing on the cake! Highly recommend!" – Carol M. (Scuba.com)

Featuring:
• 800 lumen flood and 500 lumen spot output certified to the FL-1 Standard
• Depth Rated to 100 meters
• A powerful LED array using the best CREE LEDs and enhanced firmware.
• Colored Status LED for battery and mode indication for easy power management.
• Standard ballistic cordura hand mount allows hands-free use.
• Multiple mounts available, including Pistol Grip, T-Handle, and Kirby Morgan helmet mount.


Included:
• Hand Strap, 1 Amp Charger

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Specifications / Features

Specifications:

  • Lumens:

    60°/12°°

    • High – 800 / 500
    • Med – 400 / 250
    • Low – 200 / 125
  • Run Time:

    • High – 70 mins
    • Med – 140 mins
    • Low – 280 mins
  • Charge Time:

    2.5 hrs

  • System Weight:

    244 Gr.

  • Size:

    4" x 2.1" x 2.1"

Features:

  • DUAL BEAM

    Featuring both a spot and a flood beam.

  • FACTORY SEALED

    Factory sealed system offers flood free performance with FL-1 Certification.

  • FLOOD BEAM

    Wide beam pattern for a large pool of light to optimize overall visibility.

  • RECHARGEABLE

    Li-ion rechargeable via direct external port is convenient and hassle-free.

  • SMART FEATURES

    Advanced electronics design for optimizing the user experience.

  • VERSATILE

    Modular design supports a variety of mounting options.

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:: UPDATE :: The Sola Dive light range had an update at the start of 2012. The Sola Dive 600 was replaced by the Sola Dive 800, and the…

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:: UPDATE ::

The Sola Dive light range had an update at the start of 2012. The Sola Dive 600 was replaced by the Sola Dive 800, and the Sola Dive 1200 was added to the range. The hands-free strap had a slight design improvement, with increased padding and support. And a pistol grip was also introduced, as an alternative to the hands-free mount, making for a very compact, handy torch. This is so well designed that it appears like it always was intended to be like this.

As a dive professional working on a liveaboard dive boat and logging in excess of 500 dives each year, I demand a lot from my gear. Like any professional, you cannot perform to your best without the best gear and I always like to research and select the best gear to do its job, keep me safe and ensure maximum comfort for my hours in the water.

Over the years I have owned and used a number of dive torches from entry level to top of the range models, none of which I have been overly impressed with. My latest torch, an Underwater Kinetics C8 eLED Plus has been nothing but trouble for me and seems to spend more time back with the distributor being fixed than doing its job. My particular torch retails at around the $500 mark and not only is it bulky, heavy, unreliable and cumbersome to operate, but the beam performance is quite arguably little better than some torches now available at a fraction of the cost.

With my past torch experiences in mind, and the fact that it takes a lot to impress me these days, I was skeptical when given the new Light & Motion Sola Dive 600 Light to trial. On first inspection however, I was instantly impressed with the compact size and lightweight nature of the unit, which weighs in at less than a quarter of many standard dive torches. I also liked the fact that the torch is rechargeable, saving the economic and environmental cost of constant battery replacement.

It was not until I actually took the torch on my first night dive that I became an instant convert to this product. I can quite honestly say that this is THE BEST dive torch I have ever seen or used and would not dive with anything else after testing it. There are a couple of negatives which I will discuss, however, the positives make these almost irrelevant and I really never thought I could ever get this excited about a torch!

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Hands-free dive torch

The hands-free strap mechanism is a little fiddly to adjust and obviously more time consuming than simply clipping my torch lanyard to my BCD, which I was previously used to. I was rather skeptical of how the hands free mechanism would work in practice but it actually proved to be a real positive, especially given my standard dive style of hands clasped in front of me. The only real negative here is from a teaching perspective, as I always brief my students to shine their torch in towards their chest to highlight their hand signals. Whilst this is possible with the hands free mechanism, it is a little awkward. I am also pretty sure that I have inadvertently dazzled the odd nervous first time night diver when I have had to grab hold of them to reassure them, something that would not normally have been an issue for me before. A small Allan key provided with the system does allow the user to disconnect the hands free strap and attach a more standard landyard to the small D-ring, if preferred. However, after my initial skepticism, I am a big fan of the hands free strap and have not therefore changed the set-up.

Operating the torch

A simple sliding mechanism operates 3 brightness modes by sliding forward and allows the user to quickly switch from a spot beam to flood beam by sliding back. The torch is easily turned off by sliding and holding the switch in either direction for 2 seconds. The unit can be locked by turning the sliding switch 90 degrees for traveling and storage. Given the torch is a factory sealed unit with no moving parts, there is little that can go wrong and switching the torch on and off does not provide the increased flood risk commonly encountered in other models.

Whilst the Sola Dive 600 has 3 brightness settings, I have found that the lowest setting is ample for most of the time. I prefer using the spot beam setting as the norm which really cuts through the darkness, as I find the flood beam tends to highlight the particles in the water a little more. However, the flood is excellent for highlighting areas up close such as lionfish or feeding coral polyps. The wide beam would be very useful for shooting video, for instance, attached to a GoPro Hero. In fact, apparently the Sola Dive 600 is exactly the same as the Sola Video 600, with a different attachment and different coloured bezel. Settings 2 and 3 in spot beam are great for highlighting distant sharks and are easily activated when needed. Sharks seem to be dazzled by the bright spot beam settings which has resulted in a number of close encounters, all of which have been great fun!

From a professional perspective, our dedicated lookout can always identify my group in the water from the sheer power of my beam, which is clearly a benefit. I have never had so many comments about a torch since using the Sola Dive Light, with many of my customers not even bothering to use their torches, but simply tucking in behind me on the dives and enjoying the light show!

I do two night dives each week and the torch charge indicator goes from green (fully charged) to yellow (50-75% charged) after the second dive. A red light indicates 25-50% charged with a blinking red light indicating less than 25% charged. However, due to the quick charging of the unit, I have not yet seen the red indicator lights in action.

What has really surprised me about the Sola Light is how much I actually use it during the day now. Given the fact that the torch is so lightweight, hands free and easy to use, I will quite often take it out on day dives. The torch is great on deep dives for highlighting colour absorption at depth to students and the hands free mechanism means that I have 2 hands free for any event that may occur.

In summary, a truly great new product, well designed, easy to use and extremely powerful and in line with the Sola Dive Light strap line, it has changed my night diving experience forever!

I became an instant convert to this product. I can quite honestly say that this is THE BEST dive torch I have ever seen or used and would not dive with anything else after testing it.

“It’s funny how you never…

Dr. Rachel Graham


My team and I often work into a moonless dark night, and scramble about our small boat to ready our tagging gear for sharks captured during…

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My team and I often work into a moonless dark night, and scramble about our small boat to ready our tagging gear for sharks captured during sampling. At those times we need a broad beamed light to ensure everyone is in his or her post and all is ready for what sharks may come our way. And the Sola waterproof wrist-mounted light illuminates all. As we navigate the coral reef patches looking for the buoys that signal our sampling site, the wrist Sola’s long narrow beam becomes indispensable. On the approach, we focus the light on the line ahead… “WE GOT ONE!” We swiftly all move to our designated stations, gently bring the shark close to the boat and I grab the shark’s dorsal fin to steady it in the water while we take its measurements. Where we used to do all the work with small headlamps that can’t withstand the water and waves, we can now safely bathe the animal in the Sola’s light and properly see what we are doing from the measuring through to the tagging and release processes. It’s funny how you never realize how much you depend on a piece of equipment until you find the right one. That’s frankly how I feel about the Sola.
My team and I often work into a moonless dark night, and scramble about our small boat to ready our tagging gear for sharks captured during sampling. At those times we need a broad beamed light to ensure everyone is in his or her post and all is ready for what sharks may come our way. And the Sola waterproof wrist-mounted light illuminates all. As we navigate the coral reef patches looking for the buoys that signal our sampling site, the wrist Sola’s long narrow beam becomes indispensable. On the approach, we focus the light on the line ahead… “WE GOT ONE!” We swiftly all move to our designated stations, gently bring the shark close to the boat and I grab the shark’s dorsal fin to steady it in the water while we take its measurements. Where we used to do all the work with small headlamps that can’t withstand the water and waves, we can now safely bathe the animal in the Sola’s light and properly see what we are doing from the measuring through to the tagging and release processes. It’s funny how you never realize how much you depend on a piece of equipment until you find the right one. That’s frankly how I feel about the Sola.

“It’s funny how you never realize how much you depend on a piece of equipment until you find the right one. That’s frankly how I feel about the Sola.”

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  • Lumens:
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  • High – 800 / 500
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  • Low – 200 / 125
  • Run Time:
  • High – 70 mins
  • Med – 140 mins
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