It is no shock to regular readers, or my twitter-er chums, that I'm a huge fan of dive lights. They have become my new cigarettes, since I gave up the lovely, refreshing, dark, habit 1 year, 6 months, 13 days and 4 hours ago; but who's counting?
Halycon EOS primary light. Primary lights are grand, but they need to be backed up by an uber-reliable alternative.
Now, despite being a Halcyon fan boy, when it came to choosing my back ups, I abandoned the big H, in favour of Light Monkey. I know... the horror!
There was reason to my madness; I promise.
I favoured the Light Monkey 2w back up specifically. This was primarily due to its physical size. I'm not a big fella. In truth I'm not very tall, and, if im honest, a bit skinny. As a result I don't like a lot of huge items on my kit, as the real estate available is limited.
Back up lights are usually powered by C cell batteries, often three of them; and the unit is sized accordingly. The Light Monkey 3w is modelled in such a way.
However, the 2w version is diffferent.
The Light Monkey 2w is powered by two CR123 batteries. The CR123's are very wee, as a result the light can be smaller. Brilliant.
I have two ... or rather, had ... I mean I do still ... sort of.
|My Light Monkey 2w back up lights|
I've been using two of the back up lights for years, in fact, my initial Light Monkey 2w was abused as my UK diving primary light for a bit; but don't tell anyone - I might get kicked out of the Tufty Club!
I hope two things are now abundantly clear:
1. I love dive lights
2. I love my 2w Light Monkey back up lights the most
Now we have that established, imagine my horror when I changed the batteries in one of my lights, only to be greeted by smoke; as opposed to a lovely white LED beam.
I cried lots.
It was well dead.
I don't like breaking things, and I don't really like buying the same thing twice; especially if I broke it. It transpired I 'may' (although i honestly don't think i did) have put the fresh batteries in the wrong way, reversed the polarity, and subsequently blew the shit out of the light module.
|one ruined LED module|
One perfectly good dive light down the toilet.
It just so happened, I was complaining the weekend Eurotek (a technical diving exhibition thingy) was taking place. Gareth was at Eurotek giving a presentation on diving incidents. Light Monkey were at Eurotek displaying their fine products.
I'm sure you can see where this is going.
Gareth had a chat with Corey from Light Monkey, explained what happened, showed him a pic via Facebook; and the lovely people they are, Light Monkey offered to replace the light module.
Gareth took the module, and posted it to me a day later. I received the package and found, not only did I receive a brand new module, but also the entire light head; which was great, as the smoke from the 'blow the shit out of your back up light' experience, had kinda ruined the original lens.
|Smokey Lens on the right - ruined also|
I now have a, practically, brand new 2w Light Monkey back up light.
How's THAT for customer service!?!!
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Corey and Light Monkey for kindly replacing the light head, and to Gareth for acting on my behalf.
Cheers lads; and safe diving!