One of the latest LED dive lights on the market is also one of the most innovative. And while it may look like one, it’s definitely not a selfie stick.
The Brytor REACH dive light is an extremely bright, 800-lumen array of eight omnidirectional LED lights mounted on the end of a durable, CNC-machined 5/8 inch diameter aluminum pole. Weighing only 1.25 pounds (with the battery installed), the light is controlled at the handle with a magnetically-operated switch. The light has 3 modes — on, off, and strobe, which can be used to summon help in an emergency or grab the attention of your dive buddy.
Since we’re talking specs, let’s add a few more. The Brytor REACH is depth rated to 60 meters (that’s 200 feet). The flood beam covers 180 degrees of even light and will burn for at least 2 hours between charges. The included Li-Ion battery (inserted into the handle) takes about 3 hours to charge.
The REACH is engineered to allow any GoPro camera with an optional mount. With the small 5.75mm × 4.28mm camera sensor inside the GoPro camera, the 800-lumen output of light is an important feature for shooting great video and photos without the noise and grain normally associated with shooting in low light situations. The user-replaceable polycarbonate diffusion lens around the LED lights helps create a very smooth, even fan of light that nicely compliments the GoPro’s capabilities.
The light can also be used without a GoPro, of course, and divers may also enjoy using the light for finding lobster inside their hiding places, lighting up the inside of a wreck, behind rocks and in crevices, and observing sea life in a different way. The REACH combines both a light and tickle as a single unit.
There are probably hundreds of other uses for an 800-lumen light mounted at the end of a precision-engineered, lightweight aluminum pole, both on land and underwater. The REACH for divers creates new opportunities to shoot stills and video in a way that keeps the diver at a distance from sea life, and offers a different perspective from other camera systems.
The entire REACH light is a precision-engineered product, and the quality and craftsmanship shows from end to end. The Brytor REACH dive light retails for $299 and can be found at participating retailers and on Brytor’s website here. A version that includes the GoPro mounting package is $329. Dealer inquiries are welcomed.
– Words and photos by Chris Constantine, California Diver Magazine (except as noted)