Appeared in DIVER November 2006

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LIGHT Beaver Plasma LED

BEAVER SPORTS SELLS THE SUCCESSFUL
Platinum and Astra torches and the Plasma is the LED version. LED light tends to be colder in quality than conventional tungsten light, but it penetrates water more effectively.
The Beaver Plasma LED Torch is simple verging on crude, but it works and doesnt cost too much.
Its a simple aluminium tube with a nickel-metal hydride battery-pack inside, a cluster of three high-output Luxeon Star LEDs at one end, each with its own reflector, and a simple on-off switch with lock at the other. It comes complete with its own lanyard.
You unscrew the nylon end-cap at the switch end (the attached metal handle helps with this) to insert the charger lead in the battery-pack. It is protected from ingress of water by a double O-ring arrangement.
This light is said to burn for around four and a half hours on one charge but I never timed it.
I recharged it between uses instead. You can do that to a ni-mh battery pack without fear of it developing a short-burn memory. The lamp is depth-rated to 100m.
To test its robustness, I put the Plasma to the acid test of lending it to a number of divers for a succession of night dives aboard Blue Seas, a liveaboard operating in the Egyptian Red Sea.
The result Its still as good as it was when I unpacked it from its box.
Under water it feels slightly weighty, but is only negatively buoyant enough for you to be able to put it down if you want to. It is not like one of those Teutonic torches heavy enough to replace a weightbelt.
An optional neoprene sleeve is employed to make it neutrally buoyant in sea water.
The Plasma emits quite an intensely narrow beam, accompanied by a wide yet slightly patchy peripheral halo.
Those who used it said that it was a bit too bright for a night dive because it tended to wake up all the fish. They thought it would be better suited to a UK wreck dive in poorer visibility.
What I do think is good about the Beaver Plasma is that it is small enough to fit into a fairly ordinary BC pocket and become a very useful back-up light.
It would also be ideal for use when your dive-boat has left you stranded in the sea near the Brother Islands and you need a bright torch with a long duration once night has fallen!
The Beaver Plasma LED Torch costs £189.
  • Beaver Sports, 01484 512354, www.beaversports.co.uk


  • Divernet Divernet
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    - Looks a little cheap for the price


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