Exploring the depths of the ocean is an excellent experience that opens your eyes to an entirely new world.
BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD SEE EVEN MORE?? – Dive Lights. Many a night time or deep dive would be inconceivable (quite literally) without them. They allow us to see things we could never ever witness without them.
Plan on diving in and around wrecks? How about NEREO CAVE, the largest underwater cave in the Mediterranean Sea? Okay, what about experiencing bioluminescent plankton? Well, spoiler alert, you’ll first need a dive light.
It’s a known fact that, much like other scuba equipment, dive lights do not always come cheap… And as the saying usually goes, when something is cheap, it may be of questionable quality.
Right? Never fear! This is not always the case – there are some great quality, yet also cheap, dive lights out there – if you know how and where to look, of course!
Are you looking for the best cheap dive light on the market? One that’s ‘Diving Squad’ approved??
Bingo! We here at Diving Squad pride ourselves on being able to do just that. In this article, we’ve selected the 12 best cheap dive lights.
And a few cool dive light gadgets too. So have a good swim through the best of the best cheap dive lights. They’ve been reviewed, tried, tested AND approved by ‘the diver’s bank of ever decreasing funds’.
Alright Diving Squad, let’s check ’em out!
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Our all-time favourite dive light is the DaskFire Rechargeable Diving Torch. Costing you around $35.69, this dive light comes with built-in batteries and a charger. Best part? If it’s faulty you’ll get a free replacement.
This rechargeable diving torch is very easy to use and can be charged by USB, so no extra batteries are needed. The adjustable beam is very bright, creating an intense beam of light up to 600 feet. It also has settings of high, strobe and low.
The custom-designed micro-controller drive circuit provides this diving light with an efficient and constant current circuit and output-luminance, so your light won’t start dimming as the battery runs out.
With a built-in battery, you won’t need to keep charging and replacing batteries – you’ll only need to charge it using the provided USB cable, which is seriously convenient on dive trips!
The titanium alloy switch can be found on the side, so no need to use two hands to twist your dive light on, just one finger to press – and then you’ve got light. Be sure to clean the flashlight with fresh water after each dive, and lubricate the switch and O-rings after each dive too.
Quick note: It’s very important to lubricate the O-rings after each dive and to replace them when damaged! Check out our featured silicone lubricant
The BlueFire Underwater Torch has been designed with divers and underwater photographers in mind. Made from Aluminum Alloy and plastic, this handy-sized dive light is pretty durable for such a little thing.
So if you’re looking for the best dive light you can find within your price range, then we may have found you a winner.
The updated CREE XM-L2 LED makes this dive light super bright and way more practical underwater. The max output can reach 1000 lumen, while the LED runtime can reach 50,000 hours.
The torch doesn’t include a battery, which is uncommon with most dive lights anyway, but it uses a pretty standard 18650 battery (3.6v).
So all you need to do is unscrew the bottom cap, pop a battery inside and dive in! It’s also equipped with a AAA battery holder, so you could use such batteries as a backup or in case you find it difficult to source the other batteries too.
You’ll find the super durable magnetic control switch on the side, and when you turn, it will cycle through its 3 modes of two brightness levels (dim and bright), and a strobe light. Pretty cool, right?
So if you need a bright, compact dive light, then this little gem certainly does the job!
The BlueFire 1100 Lumen Professional CREE XM-L2 Scuba Diving Flashlight is really bright and is, once again, designed for divers and underwater photographers.
It can be used with either a single 18650 rechargeable battery or 3 AAA batteries, however, batteries are not included.
This dive light comes with a waterproof level of IPX-8, meaning you can take it down to 80 ft underwater (about 24m). It also has a full hermetic flashlight head, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy light cup and 3 thickened waterproof O-rings.
Quick note: It’s very important to lubricate the O-rings after each dive and to replace them when damaged! Check out our featured silicone lubricant.
What’s really cool is that this dive light comes with a wrist strap too – perfect for freeing up your hands! You can adjust the velcro strap on your wrist, and there is also a lanyard strap, so you can tie it to your waist when you don’t need the light.
The yellow fluorescent colouring makes this dive light extremely easy to find in case you do happen to misplace it somewhere on a shore dive (which should be difficult seeing as you’ve got a wristband and lanyard on your side).
The light has dim, high and strobe modes. On high mode, this diving light can last an hour – which is pretty long for such a little thing!
Made of premium Type III military hard anodization, a sturdy design, oxidation treatment, waterproof and corrosion resistant – this little dive light really packs a punch!
One of these D560 Mini Scuba Dive Lights is exactly what you need if a quality design is at the top of your check-list.
You can equip the D560 flashlight with the ORCATORCH MX05 mask clip (included) to achieve 360° rotation, mounting it to your mask to completely free up your hands – perfect for allowing your hands to explore the reefs.
When clipped to the mask, it feels secure and you’ll feel confident it will stay on during your dive. The wrist strap, which is included, includes plenty of slack which is super nice for diving too.
This dive light uses one AA battery (but comes with two) and in terms of brightness, it does seriously well for a single AA battery.
However if you do need it to be brighter but don’t need to use it as long, you can use a 14500 battery to up the volts.
Being waterproof up to 150m, this is an awesome companion on most dives and you won’t have to worry about leaks.
What’s more is that if you run into any kind of quality problem with the dive light you receive, ORCATORCH offers friendly and helpful after-sale service to every valued customer. So you can really be sure you’re getting great quality and service at the same time.
You have to turn it on before diving and wait until you surface to turn it off, so in other words, this dive light will have to be on for the duration of your dive.
While it will likely last as long as your air tank, if you’re planning on doing an extended dive, you may need a light capable of being turned off under water.
P.S, make sure you tighten the base really tight over the rubber rings before it will turn on.
Say hello to one of the more expensive dive lights in our cheap dive lights range. However, you’ll soon notice that you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this one.
The body of this dive light is made of military-grade aviation aluminum. What does that mean exactly? Well, it’s durable – Really durable.
Complete with abrasion and seawater corrosion resistance, and a double-barrel body that offers overheating protection and avoids external electrification – This dive light includes all the bells and whistles you’re after if quality means a lot to you.
The VOLADOR 2000 Lumens Scuba Diving Flashlight is quite impressive, with the ability to illuminate up to 236m and stay waterproof down to 150m! It’s charged by using two 18650 rechargeable batteries, and the battery and charger come included with the torch.
Making use of a CREE XPH50 Luminous Flux 2000 lumen LED, means it can be used for up to 50,000 hours, eliminating the trouble of needing to replace the light bulb at a later stage. Also providing you with a super bright neutral white light underwater.
It has a rotating head that also works as an on/off switch, and this is the only moving part on the entire flashlight. The point? Less moving parts means less chance of parts failing during usage!
This dive light represents amazing value for money. The torch is robustly constructed, and has a triple O-ring seal and special sealing design with IP68 waterproof level – which makes it totally waterproofed up to about 150m!
Made of AL-6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum with a military regulations III hard-anodized finish, abrasion and seawater corrosion resistance – this dive light is of amazing quality. And because it comes equipped with a lanyard – chances of losing it on a dive are really slim!
On its highest setting this dive light will last 2 dives easily, however, we do recommend charging it fully before each dive. This is made easy for you, as the USB charger (yep, you can charge it in your car), comes included with the dive light.
Tip for charging: The charging indicator becomes red when charging and turns to green only when fully charged, let it charge fully each time!
The underwater lighting distance can reach up to 80 meters, gives off a good strong beam, and 1000 lumens has proven to be more than enough power to bring the colours to life underwater!
This dive light is powered using a 18650 battery, which is included when buying this diving torch – an added benefit not given by most other suppliers!
Designed for deep-diving, the Odepro WD12 Scuba Diving Flashlight comes equipped with a 4 mm tempered glass lens and AL-6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum alloy body, which can bear greater water pressure than that of our other featured dive lights.
Its premium type III military hard-anodized finish of the body has better corrosion prevention, and you’re going to find it pretty difficult to manage a scratch on this one.
What we find really cool about this dive light is the LED green ring round the switch (indicating anywhere from 30% -100% charge) that changes to red as the battery runs down (30% – 10% charge remaining), so you know how much charge is left.
This is great for beginners that are still getting into their diving, as it’s just one less thing to worry about. This dive light is powered with a 1 3000mAh rechargeable battery, which comes with it.
This dive light will fit well into your BCD pocket, with the provided lanyard reaching around the BCD pocket flap to the D-ring above it. You may even find the lanyard long enough to leave the torch attached to the D-ring when using it too.
If you don’t like the ‘blinding’ lights that some divers prefer using, then you’ll find the strength of this beam ideal! The bright high powered CREE XM-L2 LED offers a max of 1050 lumens underwater.P.S: the O-rings don’t come greased, so make sure to lubricate them before diving! Need silicone lubricant?
Sometimes, it’s just seriously enjoyable to have a light on your head. You don’t have to hold anything, you don’t have to point it – you just keep looking where you’re looking.
What’s more is it frees up your hands so you can pull yourself along the reefs without bumping and scratching your torch!
Made using CREE XM-L L2 LED bulbs, this diving headlight is built to be bright! With 1800 max lumen, it will have those cracks and reefs well lit.
The 18650 rechargeable battery it uses is fairly standard for these little dive lights, and this one comes with a charger too!
The aluminum diving headlamp makes use of double O-rings, this waterproof design makes it possible to dive up to 100m with this headlight. Coming complete with 3 spare O-rings, make sure to always keep them clean and lubricated to maximize quality.
For the price, this diving headlight is definitely top of its range!
The Goldengulf scuba diving light will have you enjoying a full spectrum of colour and life underwater, diving with this light will greatly enhance your visual experience!
This diving torch has a magnetic switch on the head with five light modes (high-middle-low-strobe-SOS), with outputs of max 1800 lumens.
One thing to note though is that the switch may be slid to ‘on’ by accident – so do keep an eye out for that.
Some divers have also reported this one as deserving of a ‘promotion’ from being their backup light to being their main light. So if you’re looking for something with some really good dive light reviews – bingo!
Being powered by a 18650 rechargeable battery, you can recharge the batteries after you run out of juice. But what we really like is that it comes with an option to use regular AAA batteries if for some reason the included battery loses its charge, or maybe more likely, you forget to actually charge it before your next dive.
Double rubber O-rings make this dive light really stable underwater, and it is waterproof up to 100m. It also has 1.5 meters anti-drop capability too.
Goldengulf diving lights make use of Cree XM-L2 LED light bulbs, this top quality means that it can be used for more than 100 000 hours – eliminating the need to constantly replace the bulb.
A rechargeable diving torch made from a thickened lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum body, 3 layer O-rings (for waterproofing) and a 4mm tempered glass lens, this torch can reach depths of 200m.
When your dive light arrives, it comes all wrapped up in a cool carry case that contains the diving light, two batteries, a charger, spare O-rings, instructions, and a warranty card. Overall, this is our favorite dive light – and with everything it includes, it’s great value for your money.
The CREE XM-L2 LED, ensures outputs of a max 1050 lumens steadily. And the Odepro diving flashlight is powered by a 18650 3000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery, that will last around 2 hours in the water on its highest setting. This diving light also comes with one more backup battery for your deep diving requirements.
Aircraft grade alloy material, as already mentioned, combined with the premium type III military hard-anodized finish in the body, means that this dive light will not be scratched by unconscious collision with rocks – and it especially withstands seawater corrosion.
The low battery warning is really cool, as it gives you an idea of how much juice is left. You won’t find this warning in the form of a green/red light anywhere on the body of the light – this one will ‘strobe’ twice per minute instead.
Pretty handy for when you’re diving and not paying attention to the exterior of your light, but rather to the objects your light is illuminating!
Underwater photographers, this one’s for you. There’s nothing quite like reliving a dive through editing some awesome footage – and this light will guarantee just that!
Being waterproof up to 50m, having a 84-leds high-brightness LED design and a built-in 2600Mha lithium battery – this powerful little Suptig underwater light will have you singing its praises.
This model is recommended by some divers, for giving the best flood lighting to avoid sharp shadows on video. Want to know if it’s compatible with your device? Here’s a list of all the devices it’s perfectly compatible with:
This unique patented design with a colour temperature of 5500k comes complete with a cold shoe mount adapter, a micro USB cable, quick release mount, thumbscrew and a wrench. It really is great value for your money!
The ThorFire TD26 is pretty impressive with its double O-rings (for waterproofing) and a max diving depth of 100m.
The magnetic control switch supports this torches coolest feature – it’s 5 modes. Most of our other dive lights have 3 and some have 4, but a 5th mode for turbo is something only the ThorFire TD26 is able to offer.
So turn your dive light on, and press the side switch in order to adjust brightness levels from low-medium-high-turbo. If you double click the switch, it will activate strobe mode. In any mode, press and hold the switch for 1 second to turn the light off.
Made of durable aircraft aluminum, and supporting IPX8 waterproof standard, this little dive light offers you a hardy performance, which we’re sure won’t disappoint!
Gone are the days of watching your dive torch make its way down to the bottom of the ocean to join Neptune and the rest of the unlucky lost dive lights! The high-strength stretch coils that this lanyard provides keep you well connected to your dive accessories.
By extending to 150cm/53″, this lanyard facilitates hands-free water entries from dive boats and has a clip ends, so you can attach to your BCD, and the other to your dive gear.
The quick-release buckle helps to keep your lanyard streamlined when not being used or while you are getting in/out of the water. Open the quick-release buckle to extend your dive light while it still remains securely attached to your BCD.
So if you’re purchasing a dive light that doesn’t already come equipped with a lanyard, the lanyard is flimsy or you just want as seriously durable one to match your other dive gear, then you can’t go wrong with this one.
None of our featured dive torches come equipped with one of these bad boys – but you’ll notice that they’re often bought together. And that’s no coincidence! Dive torch gloves make using a dive torch seriously comfortable and convenient.
Simply strap it on, and off you go. Moving away from standard scuba and onto cave diving? This is the perfect way of mounting your torch to free up those hands and perform other tasks!
It’s reversible, so can be used on either hand (yes lefties, this one’s for you too!), and there are several ways of adjusting the fit. The area the torch sits in is also perfectly molded to take a torch without slippage.
As you probably know, (and even if you didn’t, now you do) it is extremely important to keep your O-rings (the parts that ensure your dive torch is watertight) clean and lubricated after each and every dive in order to maintain the quality and functionality of them.
Unfortunately, most dive lights don’t come with any sort of lubricant for your O-rings. However, the manual will tell you how important it is to keep O-rings lubricated.
Here are 3 easy O-ring tips for making them last as long as they’re designed to: Make sure they are never in contact with dust, hair or any other foreign substance; before diving, check they have no scratches or cracks and finally, your O-rings should always look a little moist/shiny (because you lubricate them!)
After trying and testing an ocean of backpacks, we’ve come to the coralusion that the Dometool Waterproof Dry Backpack is the number one backpack for divers! Why? Well:
Ok Squad! Here’s the deal. Scuba Diving requires a ton of gear. This should come as no real surprise, considering that the very nature of this sport is to breathe underwater – the exact opposite of what us humans are evolved to do!
In this article, we’ve covered, just one of the types of gear available. Below is a list of the other gear types you should familiarise yourself with:
Below is a full listing and description of the entire inventory required to scuba dive. Let’s jump right in:
BCD – A BCD is the jacket divers wear to maintain optimum buoyancy, which they can adjust by operating the inflate and deflate buttons. This makes sure they neither sink to the bottom nor rise to the top of the water! As well as this, the BCD holds the divers regulator(s), dive gauge and air tank.
Regulator / Octopus – The regulator reduces pressurised breathing oxygen to ambient pressure and delivers it to the diver through a mouth piece. Remember, you need two – one for you and a spare for a buddy in case of emergencies!
Scuba Weight Belt – A diving weight belt assists with maintaining optimum buoyancy, by stopping divers from floating to the top of the water. How much weight you take will depend on your build, weight and diving ability.
Dive Gauge – Essential for keeping track of your air consumption and the depth at which you are diving. The best ones also feature compasses and can read the water temperature (useful for bragging rights when you go on extremely cold dives!).
Ultimate Combo Package – Whew! That’s a lot of gear we’ve covered. If you don’t yet have any scuba gear and want to bulk buy at great quality and value, this is the number one scuba starter pack out there.
SPLASH! It’s important to remember that scuba diving is an extreme sport. Accidents can happen. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble.
What’s more, because diving can take you all around the world, it’s absolutely essential you make sure you are properly covered by the best scuba diving insurance before leaving your home country.
We recommend going with Dive Assure. Why?
So if you’re one of the divers that recall that one time you were diving in the clear blue waters thinking to yourself ‘damn… I really could have used a dive light now to sneak a peek into that crevice and cave to see what was lurking in the dark’… or maybe you missed out on that perfect picture because the lighting just wasn’t as great as it could have been?
A dive light is an essential piece of equipment that can be taken advantage of on every single dive. Whether you’re diving in murky/clear waters, or day/night, then a dive light exactly something you need.
Okay diving squad! Now that you’ve got some of 2019’s best cheap dive lights at your fingertips, we hope that you’ll enjoy comparing and deciding on the best one for your dive light needs, just as much as we did reviewing them.
If you already own a dive light, consider using it regularly if you don’t already do so. And if you have yet to invest in a dive light… Well, now you have all the tools needed to make an informed decision.
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