Shaw’s Cove and a new 4.8 Watt LED Light

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:30 | Filled in Dive Gear

Intova Nova Wide Angle

Yesterday I went for a dive with my friend Brooke at Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach. We had a great dive with pristine conditions. We even ran into a Moray eel just before we hit our turn around point. After the dive we stopped by Laguna Sea Sports to get some fills and take advantage of their free rinse tank. We spent some time looking around the shop and found a truly innovative new light design from a company neither of us recognized. The company was Intova and the product was the smallest brightest LED backup light I’ve seen.

The Intova Nova Wide Angle LED Torch puts out 130 lumens with a focused 4.7 watt LED.  It’s smaller then my Halcyon, puts out more light and burns longer. The magnetic switch and double o-ring battery compartment means it is almost impossible to flood. With traditional lights like the Halcyon Scout you have to twist the head to turn on the light. This puts stress on the o-rings and can damage the seal if sand has made its way into contact with the o-ring. Traditional lights  also have a tendancy to turn on accidentally on decent if not twisted far enough in the off position.  This is because the water pressure presses the head down against the housing. With the magnetic switch on the Intova Nova there’s no opening so there’s no chance of a leak. The only time you have to service the o-rings on the Nova light is when you change the batteries. The only down side I see is that the 3volt batteries required  for the Nova light are a bit more expensie than traditional C cells, but I think you will agree its worth the extra money for the extra output.   To see the light for yourself visit

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4 Comments to Shaw’s Cove and a new 4.8 Watt LED Light

  1. Neutral Dive Gear says:

    January 6th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Cross-posted over at our scuba diving blog.

  2. clint seeley says:

    February 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 am

    very cool looking light. might have to get one

    Scuba Diving Sarasota

  3. Scuba Diving San Diego says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Just had a scuba diving & snorkel experience in San Diego thought the other should experience as well. Believe me that was truly adventurous.

  4. Rick says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    These are great lights even though they seem pricey compared to much larger lights. I just completed advanced diver training and our instructor allowed us to carry these as a primary light using the Intova narrow beam light, a sister to this one, as a backup. Extremely bright for the size and you don’t have to lug around a huge light filled with heavy batteries!

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