THE SPECS
The FIT Pro 2500 Flare Video light (from now on I’ll refer to it simply as the Flare) is a compact torch designed to be mounted on either a camera arm-and-ball system or to be hand-held. It has a hard-anodised aluminium body that screws apart behind the head to give access to its single 3.7V lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The battery is charged out of the lamp body in its dedicated cradle via a USB lead and also needs to be removed while travelling by air to comply with airline regulations.
The light modes are delivered by a variety of LEDs. The Flood (wide-angle) mode uses four white CREM XM-L U2 LEDs to give a 120° beam at the Flare’s maximum output of 2500 lumens, while the 15° spot beam uses a single LED of the same spec to give an output of 1000 lumens.
To assist digital camera focus systems in poor ambient lighting, a red light is integrated into the Flare. The red LEDs are twin CREE XP-E N3 delivering 200 lumens through a 120° beam.
That’s not all – the light has more functions for the discerning underwater photographer. The first is an ultra-violet light delivered through a 120° beam and three 9W UV LEDs delivering UV light at a wavelength of 365nm.
To finish off, the Flare has two flashing modes, one a fast-pulsing strobe light, the other an SOS function to alert search parties. Both flashing modes are delivered via the single white spot LED through its narrow beam.
Battery status is indicated by a coloured mini LED system subtly illuminating the twin control buttons. It has a built-in low-battery warning.
The Flare’s clever electronic circuitry also lowers the brightness if the lamp body’s temperature is too high, and it also has a wrong battery electrode protection function.
The Flare measures 125 x 50mm diameter, weighs in at 410g and is depth-rated to 100m via a double O-ring seal.


In Use
The plethora of options gave me everything I needed when I needed it. I didn’t use the SOS facility but it’s reassuring to have it available.
The Flare felt extremely robust with its all-metal construction, but this makes it negatively buoyant in the water, prompting the feeling that one slip and it will sink into the abyss like a stone. You can however attach a lanyard at the rear of the body to avoid the unthinkable.
The two-button system was simple to figure out and use. The left button switches the light on and off with single long pushes, and is then used to scroll through the light modes using short pushes. The right button adjusts the power output in three descending levels for the white and red spot or flood beams.
The UV light had no adjustment, and only one of the three UV LEDs lit on the model I tested (I’m not sure if this was a fault – I’m checking with the supplier).
The battery status lights gave a seemingly accurate indication of power reserves and were easy to see. This was assisted by the clever mounting ring permanently attached to the lamp’s body. It rotates, allowing the buttons to be exactly where you can access them no matter what the orientation of the mount.
Claimed burntimes from the maker are from 60 minutes to 5 hours depending on the light mode. I haven’t had a chance to test these in real time but the light was good for two dives of around 45 minutes each, scrolling through the modes on reduced output and using full power only when required.
I thought the light output was significant – 2500 lumens is more than most photographers will ever need. Of course, diehard videographers will say that 25,000 is better suited to their cinematic ultra-wide footage, but the Flare lit my action-cam footage very well, delivering even coverage with no sign of hotspots.
The red light is a function I can’t be without nowadays. It’s perfect for adding contrast for my camera’s focus system to pick out, it doesn’t scare the fish and it doesn’t destroy night vision.
The Flare’s red light was bright, gave an even beam and could be adjusted – perfect.
The UV light was available only on a single power level. It was powerful enough to show fluorescence on night dives, causing the little reef critters, coral polyps and some fish to glow unnaturally in the dark, but the UV light output was too low to allow my camera to record it.


Conclusion
There are purpose-built tools with a single function such as prime camera lenses, invariably the best performers. Then there are multi-function tools that seem to be a bit of a compromise as they become jacks of all trades.
Then there are well-designed, well-built multi-tools that excel in all their functions. The FIT Pro 2500 Flare falls into the latter category – it really is a multi-purpose light, but none of its individual functions has been compromised (with the possible exception of the UV mode).
The batteries can be fully charged from empty in four hours, and if that’s not quick enough spares can be purchased so that you always have power to hand – an advantage over lights with integrated power supplies.
The Flare seems to be at the top of its game, even in today’s fast-evolving world of next-generation LED lights.

SPECS
PRICE: £415
FUNCTIONS: Wide-Angle Video, Spot, Red, UV, SOS
MAX OUTPUT: 2500 lm
POWER LEVELS: Three for Wide, Spot, Red. One for UV, SOS
BEAM ANGLE: Wide, Red, UV 120°. Spot 15°
COLOUR TEMPERATURE: 5700-7000°K
BATTERY: Rechargeable li-ion, remove for charging
BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR: Green, yellow, red, flashing red
STATED BURNTIMES: At full power, wide 1hr, spot 2.5hr, red 5hr, UV 5hr
SWITCHING: Twin buttons with battery indicator.
TRAVEL LOCK: Battery removal
MATERIAL: Hard anodised aero-grade aluminium alloy.
SIZE & WEIGHT: 125 x 50mm diameter, 220g
DEPTH RATING: 100m
CONTACT: www.uwvisions.com
DIVER GUIDE 9/10