As a dive instructor logging around 300 dives each year, I demand a lot from my gear. Like any professional, the equipment I use plays a major part in enabling me to do my job. Over the years I have owned a number of dive torches, some good and some bad.
Recently I was asked to review the SeaLantern StingRay Series; a torch that at first inspection seems to be rugged enough to withstand the worst abuse a diver could put it through.
After months of very aggressive testing that first impression proved correct with a solid state design and hard anodized aluminium body this torch is built to last!
However, the ability to withstand punishment isn’t the only thing that counts. So, how well does it function? Well, with 6x Cree XML LED’s giving out 6000 lumens it really is a daylight gun that could cook the fish you point it at. Fortunately the body design of the torch keeps the temp down to the point the manufacturers say it can happily be used out of the water, with it’s clever built in temperature protection instead of shutting down if it over heats it reduces the power output so that you’re not left alone in the dark.
It comes with four rechargeable lithium batteries and charger with universal wall and 12V car adapters, so there is no extra expenses of buying batteries every time you dive. It also features a built in function that allows you to check it’s charge, letting you know if its 25% 50% 75% or 100% charged. With the ability to switch between 3 and 6 LED’s as well as having low, medium, high and extreme power it allows you to get the best out of each charge, with various run times depending on the power setting you use, on average I got about 4-6 dives from a charge.
In conclusion I would rate the StingRay XM-L dive light around 8 out of 10. A very reliable well built and powerful torch with options to suit all divers.