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    Thor has got one that looks pretty awesome - focusable, replaceable led...

    https://translate.googleusercontent....Nb1kdlyRG01Suw

    Theyíve got some uk distributors.
    FWIW Iíve got one of their battery canisters and it seems good.

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    Has anyone actually used an Anchor torch?
    https://anchordivelights.com/product...oodman-handle/

    I like the idea that the pieces are interchangeable, such as the cable and battery. Makes the replacement a non-issue, compared with the year's wait for Light-For-Me.

    I'm particularly interested in the 'signalling' beam; is it tight enough for signalling in 'lighter' conditions?

    Does anyone know of anyone who's used one?

    (BTW they've got some 15% discount deal for BSAC members and 25% for BSAC instructors)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    Has anyone actually used an Anchor torch?
    https://anchordivelights.com/product...oodman-handle/

    I like the idea that the pieces are interchangeable, such as the cable and battery. Makes the replacement a non-issue, compared with the year's wait for Light-For-Me.

    I'm particularly interested in the 'signalling' beam; is it tight enough for signalling in 'lighter' conditions?

    Does anyone know of anyone who's used one?

    (BTW they've got some 15% discount deal for BSAC members and 25% for BSAC instructors)

    Just give Declan a shout. He is sound and will do his best to help you out.

    He is really passionate about his lights.

    Tell him I sent you and he will look after you
    Remember anything you read on the internet was probably written by some guy sitting at home in his underpants! Including this !!

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    BTW the BSAC instructors discount ends at the end of June
    Remember anything you read on the internet was probably written by some guy sitting at home in his underpants! Including this !!

    Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse View Post
    Hi Wibs. Like you, Iím having similar problems with my NW7. Unlike you at the moment Iíve found their service department very helpful. Anyway to answer your question as to which torch to go for. Take a look at a Seawolf A2260. As far as I know, they are a UK firm. Donít know much about them except to say that two guys I was diving with last week in Scapa had them and they were seriously bright! It was like a scene from Close Encounters when they were swimming towards you.
    How did you get LfM to do your repair? I've registered the problem by raising a ticket. One week and nothing heard. Have posted a couple of reminders.

    Crap service.

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    I sent them an email initially.

    They followed up with me asking if I still wanted to open a ticket.

    Opened one and sent them my light head.

    IV not had any updates other than they received it, IV chased once, I keep meaning to phone them to get an update. IV also got an email address I can follow up with.

    It does feel a bit like talking into a black hole after the initial contact but I'm hoping it won't be to long to get the light head back.

    Mine is having the E/O cable replaced with the RCA connection as I don't need it to be changeable and the cord needed changing anyway. So it's paid work and the torch was fine (other than the E/O end but that seems to just be E/O cords in general).

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    My cable's broken just after the cable relief spring on the lighthead. Bend it one way and it works. Bend it the other and it turns off.

    The root cause, IMHO, is the cable is too flexible and thus bends too sharply at that strain point. When -- of if I can -- get it repaired I'll add a load of self-amalgamating tape to reinforce that weak point.

    I've pondered getting a replacement NW7 and keeping it as a spare once the other's back. But I'm so pissed off with their crap service that I'm seriously considering the Anchor light as that's fully modular-- can buy a replacement cable.

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    Had a wonderful dive on the Rytoner with Dive125 out of Eastbourne today. Only 5 divers diving and one of them had a MetalSub and had nothing but good things to say about it.

    However, another diver was using an Anchor 189. Finally got my hands on one to see what it's like.

    The mutts gnutts was my first impression. It's small and compact; more the size of a 4Tec than the larger NW7. This chap was using it with the integrated battery, so not a million miles from the Finnsub Long. But it's party piece is the thing can have the battery unscrewed and an umbilical connected to a belt-worn battery.

    I compared the spot beam on the boat to my (backup, thankfully I didn't sell it) 4Tec. The Anchor 189 had a better defined spot, so will be better for signalling than the LfM. I didn't realise this, but it has both Warm and Cold video lights -- the 8 LEDs are in fact 4 warm, 4 cold. Plus the red and blue beams. It dims as well.

    So I think it'll do all the bits I want: a normal umbilical torch with a tight beam for cutting through crap, signalling and general poking around; the wide video/photo lighting mode; both combined at half power for overhead environments depending on the vis.

    Will be calling Declan at Anchor a shout very soon. Think I might go for the lot - umbilical and the hand-held battery.

    Once I get that I can shout at LfM to fix the sodding cable then get rid of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    How did you get LfM to do your repair? I've registered the problem by raising a ticket. One week and nothing heard. Have posted a couple of reminders.

    Crap service.
    I haven't had the repair done yet mate. I sent it to them last week so will keep you posted on how things go.
    I initially contacted them by e-mail and their response was immediate. In their reply, they asked me to check a few things before going any further. A few e-mails went back and forward and each time their response was quick. I included a video in one e-mail demonstrating the fault. I eventually bit the bullet and sent the torch head to them. Now just got to wait I'm afraid. What I did do was buy a 7XPE in the sale on their website so that I wouldn't be without a primary light. It arrived on Monday and I used it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    However, another diver was using an Anchor 189. Finally got my hands on one to see what it's like.

    The mutts gnutts was my first impression. It's small and compact; more the size of a 4Tec than the larger NW7. This chap was using it with the integrated battery, so not a million miles from the Finnsub Long. But it's party piece is the thing can have the battery unscrewed and an umbilical connected to a belt-worn battery.
    What are the non-umbilical options? I need something that can be relatively easily stowed in a pocket, with a fairly focused beam, ideally variable, variable power levels and a good run-time (3hrs+ on full power). Also needs to be very robust.


 
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