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    Aiming for 12 Channel Crossings ! Trumble's Avatar
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    light weight backup torch needed.... give me your recommendation

    So i am looking for a new backup torch previously used Hollis LED3 but they dont seem reliable and as i am off travelling next year i want something which is circa 1000 lumens, light, narrowish beam, and importantly needs to be rechargable using Li-ion as i only want to take 2 sets of batteries on my trip (be that 2 or 4 depending on the torch). Oh yeah needs to be quite light....

    My thoughts are the L4M 3XPG or 4XPG (although that ones a bit bigger)

    Anyone got one of these and can comment on its performance and reliability ?

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    T.
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    Established TDF Member Rob Dobson's Avatar
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    Why not lithium disposable batteries? Saves taking a charger and further cuts down on weight.

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    I have been using a Light For Me XML since February and have done bout 30 dives with it. It has a very narrow beam well suited to limited viz and good for signalling. The xpg torches have wider beams which may not be as good in UK conditions. I'm very pleased with the quality and performance for the price, which is ridiculously reasonable.
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    Aiming for 12 Channel Crossings ! Trumble's Avatar
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    i just wanted to be a bit more eco friendly TBH !
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    I've got the mini 3XPG and the mini XML and like them both. I tend to use the 3XPG more, with its slightly wider beam to light up beasties for taking photos. The XML is better for murkier vis but I'd be less likely to be taking photos then. I'd usually take the 3XPG abroad.

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    How about a Lenser Frogman? Very light, very bright and uses 4AA batteries of your choice.
    Growing old is mandatory, growing wise is optional.

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    Established TDF Member Rob Dobson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by doggy's doodah View Post
    How about a Lenser Frogman?
    Nah, it needs to be reliable.

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    The Marlin torches from lumb bros chuck out a huge amount of light, use a tiny USB cable to charge.

    Well worth looking at, I've been using one as a primary light right up to the point it went into the sea somewhere off Cornwall...

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    'Day 1' TDF Member doggy's doodah's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Dobson View Post
    Nah, it needs to be reliable.
    No problems with mine - except the infamous switch screw rotting eventually. BUT entire torch then replaced by Lenser for a brand new one.

    Pretty good customer service and the new torch continues to work perfectly.
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    LFM XML II. Around 55 quid, available with either a c cell or 18650 body. Built like a tank. Mine has lived on my harness for several years and has been lent out when people forget their own torch.


 
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