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. It’s powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that is mounted in the handle and takes 3 hours to fully 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 lighting up the inside of a wreck, behind rocks and in crevices, and observing sea life in a different way. While “tickle sticks” are not legal for use when capturing lobster in California, they are legal in Florida and those divers can use the REACH to combine both a light and tickle as a single unit in their bug hunts.
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)