Equipment Test – Tovatec 1000 USB Spot Light
by Gene Muchanski, Editor
The Dive Industry Professional
We recently had the pleasure to field test the Tovatec T1000 Spot Light and quickly discovered the T1000 was an exceptional piece of equipment and had to be put on our “must take on every dive” list. Before taking it on our dive trip to the Dominican Republic, we tested it out one evening in our pool shortly after we received the light from Innovative Scuba Concepts/Tovatec. Needless to say, we were very excited when we saw the T1000 light completely fill our 44′ x 18′ pool. The intense power of the 12 degree beam angel at night is quite impressive, especially with it’s 1000 lumen light output. The light is multi-functional and can be used at 100% or 50% capacity or as an SOS Strobe. The T1000 has a burn time of 1 hour at 100%, 2.1 hours at 50% and 3.5 hours as an SOS Strobe. Recharging time is approximately 4-5 hours.
There are a number of things we liked about the Tovatec 1000 USB Spot Light. It measures only 6″ in length by 1.1″ in diameter. It only weights 4.4 oz without its battery and it has a USB direct recharging port. The T1000 comes with a durable padded case, that you’ll want to take with you in your carry-on luggage. It protects the light and its charging connection and keeps the battery at a consistent safe temperature while traveling. The kit even comes with an adjustable lanyard and an extra O-Ring for the battery compartment.
We dove the Tovatec 1000 USB Spot Light on six dives, over a three day period in the Dominican Republic. Most divers would not think that bringing a light on six shallow day dives was necessary, especially since the dives were done between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, in less than 80 feet of water. I thought so too, until I dove with the T1000. The visibility in Dominican Republic as very good. The sun was overhead with little to no cloud cover. We dove the reefs and walls from 30-80 feet and used the T1000 Spot Light to bring out the colors of the reef and to see inside all the nooks and crannies in the reef and on the bottom. The narrow light beam had sufficient power to illuminate the reef from over 6 feet away. The extra light and the added colors made my dives much more enjoyable. I basically left the light on for about 45 minutes on both dives from only one charge.
We dove with Scuba Caribe at Dreams Resorts & Spas (Dreams La Romana and Dreams Dominicus). I was impressed with their dive operation and their Divemasters. Two of the Scuba Caribe Dive Guides took the Tovatec 1000 Spot Light on one dive each and both came back with high praise for the quality and performance of the light. We’ll be taking our T1000 to Saint Lucia soon and I hope to repeat the process of getting the professional opinions of the Dive Guides there.
I was delighted with the performance of the Tovatec 1000 Spot Light and would give it an A+ and highly recommend it. I can’t wait to use it on a night dive or on one of our video dives.
The Tovatec 1000 USB Spot Light is available from Innovative Scuba Concepts/Tovatec as one of their products exclusively sold through their Dealers with Doors Program.
For more information, contact:
Innovative Scuba Concepts/Tovatec
6170 Lake Shore Court
Colorado Springs, CO 80915