April 13th, 2009

LED LUX burn time

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LED lighting technology is rapidly changing and we are delivering the best lighting that we can. While others package existing technology from other industries into a dive light, we have actually engineered our LED technology specifically for our own underwater handheld and canister lights.

 

It was a challenge to the electrical engineers to create the packaging and heat sink for our product. Our LED products can run out of water without excessive heat buildup. The latest generation of canister light the LED LUX is the culmination of this design. We were able to increase the output and the rated burn time. We started testing the new design with the later LED 700 releases seeing them get up to six hours of burn time on a light that was originally rated at four hours. The LED LUX is brighter and will burn up to six hours on a new battery.

 

In our product manual, we are rating it conservatively at 5 hours after I tested it on my own three-year old batteries. We rated it for the lower time of five hours to be conservative for divers wanting to upgrade from the older MR11 HID light. The light is designed to never leave you in the dark, the rated burn time is based on a constant voltage of 10.5 volts and when it drops below that it tapers like the LED handheld to give up to an hour of lower output light. We use NiMH batteries to take advantage of their discharge capabilities and recovery from deep discharge to take advantage of LED performance.  

 

Look for a new canister with longer burn time coming soon.

 

Lamar

April 5th, 2009

Fins In Stock

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Our fins are back in stock after a delay of several months. We had decided to re evaluate this product and make a necessary change that caused the out-of-stock.

The Dive Rite fin was previously the Apollo Prestige Fin – it won awards for the best fin in the 90’s and I fell in love with them for comfort and power. Apollo got rid of them when they switched to the split fin design. (Split fins…that’s another story…and they are not a technical diving fin). The original fin was monprene, which is a plasticized rubber very popular for pistol grips, motorcycle grips and more. When we bought the molds and moved them to a production house that produces fins for many other dive companies, I let the vendor talk me into changing the material to what everyone else was using. It was supposed to be better, but it wasn’t.

Now our fins once again use monprene, which gives them the performance I expect. I believe everyone will be very impressed with the power of the monprene fin. I can get another 10 feet per minute of speed when cave diving.

Lamar