For a shotline strobe, you want power, power and more power. Something that is too weak wont be visible from the wreck to show you where the shotline is.
At a MINIMUM, I would want it to show its presence from 50m away in poor conditions and further in good conditions.
Out of interest, have you trialled it against the Trojan et al? If it is a serious contender, at a fraction of the cost then you are onto a serious winner
Just looking at the specs of the lights. The Tojan extreme works off a 16.6v battery and lasts upto 15 hours. The Beavers work off 3x AA so 4.5v and last 72hours.
Without knowing anything about the bulbs, the power consuption alone tells me the Trojan is nearly 15 times the power drain
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Seems a really useful thing to find the shot's if it's been moved or dragged. Lining off is quite restrictive, albeit very effective.
Trojan extreme vs Trojan "classic" - anybody seen them side by side?
Another point for people to consider is the amount of times I have seen strobes a metre of the seabed, at that height it is easily blocked by wreckage etc . It needs to be attached a reasonable way up the shot relative to position of shot & height of wreck. Also remember to actually look upwards to see it !
Wibs if you want you can borrow my Pathfinder & see what you think . If you lose it you pay for it !
I trust my rebreather implicitly I just don't trust the owner
Onwards & downwards.
+1 for the Trojans, have seen them in use and they are incredibly bright. A fella I've dived with uses two of them each set at different flash rates and this is very effective. Not cheap but you get what you pay for. What's the Chinese ones like in comparison? Do they have the same reliability issues as the Chinese torches I've had experience of ie not reliable??
I've put a Tektite 200 on a shot line next to a Beaver strobe and it was like the Beaver one wasn't even on.
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I have nothing to do with BSAC any more apart from being a muggle member. So anything I write on here is likely to be complete bollocks. Hooray!
So the takeaway here is that the Beaver strobes aren’t fulfilling the requirements demanded of a shot line device, in terms of brightness at the very least. Let’s factor the relative RRP between the Beaver and Trojan/Pathfinders in, and it’s unsurprising they won’t compare in this regard. The Beaver strobes seem to be marketed as general marking devices - diver worn/waypoint markers. Martin’s bang-for-buck comment seems pretty accurate.
The constant Beaver-bashing is kinda boring. The rotary switch on those strobes is pants tho.
I don't want to get technical or anything, but alcohol IS a solution