Princeton Tec Torrent LED
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $62
This light, while moderately bright for an LED dive-capable unit, is plagued by engineering and manufacturing faults.
- Lifetime warranty
- Requires 8 batteries
- "Locking" switch poorly designed
- Unknown, random failures make this unreliable when needed
- Lifetime warranty required for this product.
On my 3rd Torrent LED, all due to failures and subsequent replacement. I cannot do a full review here, because the light, in my opinion, is unworthy of any use. My demands are the following:
Holds battery life when off;
Switch(s) positive, easy to use gloved or bare-hand;
Beam strong, focused;
Circuit efficient, conserves battery power;
This light has failed at SCUBA, kayaking, bicycling, and walking the dog. Returns are easy, but one return was a dead new unit, so actually, I have had 4 of these. Princeton Tec has been getting worse, in both build quality and customer service. No more for me.
I have owned or do own a 400, 2 different model LED headlamps + Matrix2, strobe, 2 Impacts, and 2 Eco-Flares. Nearly all have had to be returned and exchanged for working models. This during a period of 20+ years, depending on model. Horrible reliability.
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DIVE PINK & FIGHT BREST CANCER! For every Pink light sold $20 will be donated to fight breast cancer. Torrent LED Power meets versatility in the Torrent LED. It's small enough to be a backup light, but with a 95 Lumen 3-Watt Max-Bright LED, it's more than powerful enough to be a main source. Dive lights aren't just for night diving, and the Torrent LED is Princeton Tec's favorite dive light for looking into caves/crevices, restoring lost colors at depth, and daytime wreck diving. For those who need a great backup, an efficient main source, or just all around great dive light, the Torrent LED is all of the above. A simple switching mechanism and a 330' (100 meters) waterproof rating ensure that the Torrent LED will be shining bright whenever and wherever you need it to go. This 8 AA Cell Battery (included) dive light is excellent for local diving or for putting in your gear bag for vacation travel. The durable LED bulb will last about 10,000 hours and will bring out the true colors of all your underwater adventures. The light has a Burn time of 30 Hours on a set of fresh batteries. Light comes equipped with an Adjustable Wrist Lanyard and weighs 12.87 oz (365 g) with batteries.
Princeton Tec Torrent LED Flashlight - The Torrent LED flashlight was designed for the adventurer who wants high performance in a smaller package. With its 3 watt Maxbright LED, the Torrent LED is small enough for looking into tiny crevices but has the power to be your primary light if necessary. This flashlight uses LED bulbs to generate a color popping pure white light that will last up to 100,000 hours so you never have to worry about replacing the bulbs. It also runs on 1/10th the energy of a regular flashlight which means that you won't have to change the batteries as often either. The Torrent LED also features an easy-to-use toggle switch and can be 'locked off' to prevent accidental activation. With its comfort grip shape, impact resistance housing, and two O-ring seals for waterproofness (to 100 meters), you'll be glad that you have it on your next on the water adventure!
Impact resistant easy to grip Xenoy housing. Proprietary optics for maximum output. Rugged lock-out switch design with two O-ring seals. Power: 95 Lumens (LED), 115 Lumens (Xenon). Waterproof to 100m. Burn Time: 30 hours (LED), 5 hrs (Xenon). Includes 8 AA alkaline batteries and lanyard. Weight: 12.8 oz (LED), 12.3 oz (Xenon).
- Vargo Outdoors
Designed for the diver who wants highest perfomance in a smaller package, the Princeton Tec Torrent LED delivers. With its 3 watt Maxbright LED, the Toreent LED is small enough for looking into tiny crevices but has the power to be a primary dive light if needed. Excellent for local diving or for putting in your gear bag for vacation travel, the durable LED bulb will last about 10,000 hours and will bring out the true colors of all your underwater adventures.
- Altrec Outdoors