I have been diving for 22 years and the SeaLantern® StingRay™ is by far one of the most exciting products I have ever come across. As an Instructor and self-professed gear junkie I expect a lot from the gear I use and REALLY put it through its paces.
SeaLantern® asked me to field test the StingRay™ to ensure that it would stand up to the rigorous use and abuse that comes with a large number of dives in a short period. Ever since they gave it to me to test it has lived in my BCD and has only been taken out to be used or charged. Oh and it has been used extensively!
The SeaLantern® Stingray™ not only lived up to my expectations it exceeded them by a long margin! I have tested the StingRay™ on reef mounts at night in the middle of the Coral Sea and shone it down to 40m to see sharks cruising the ocean floor. I have used it to explore the depths (64m at the stern) and rooms of the President Coolidge in Vanuatu and illuminate the way for my divers on night dives in the cargo holds.
I have also put it through its paces in the demanding local diving in Australia, lighting up Fish Rock Cave, in 2 degree waters running an Ice Diving course in the Snowy Mountains, exploring the EX-HMAS Brisbane or Adelaide and floodlighting the coral of Flinders Reef on numerous night dives. It has taken a beating, performed flawlessly and came back begging for more! I have used it on over a thousand dives in the last fifteen months and it continues to perform as well as it did when I first opened its box.
There have been a number of modifications to the 1st generation torch that I have and I can't wait to buy the latest version which is currently available! The StingRay™ XM-L has been updated with all of the latest and greatest the market has to offer. The SeaLantern® team continue to be at the forefront of developments in electronics to ensure that the product in your hand is cutting edge in terms of design, function and technology. There is a good reason why StingRay™ is their flagship product!
Let's talk about function:
The StingRay™ utilises a solid state switch which has no moving parts and therefore no chance of flooding! The StingRay™ has Cree XM-L2 LEDs which are the brightest and most efficient bulbs on the market. The torches are all double hard anodized, come with a lantern style handle and most importantly have an anti-reflective/ anti-fog coated lens. All of these improvements have resulted in the best torch I have come across to date.
It is imperative as an Instructor that I can rely on my gear to perform flawlessly every time. Not only because it is embarrassing when something breaks or doesn't work but because it is literally life supporting equipment. I would not hesitate to recommend this torch to any diver who wants a reliable lighting system that is versatile and meets the demands of all types of diving.
Having owned and used more than 30 different dive torches over the last 2 decades I can honestly say that this is the best torch I have owned to date and would not hesitate to recommend it to any of my divers.
Yours In Diving,
PADI IDC Staff Instructor 240552
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