Introducing the OrcaTorch D570-GL, a handheld dive light boasting 1000 lumens designed for both recreational and commercial diving purposes. The package includes essential accessories such as an 18650 lithium-ion battery, USB cable, charger, lanyard, extra o-rings, and an owner's manual. This versatile dive light features two independently controlled light sources, comprising a white beam and a green laser, making it ideal for various underwater activities, including low light scuba diving, rescue signaling, object identification, and wildlife observation during water-based activities like boating and kayaking.
Pros of the Dive Light:
The OrcaTorch D570-GL stands out as a well-designed dive light, capturing our interest during testing. Despite our unfamiliarity with the OrcaTorch brand, we were impressed by the compact yet powerful design of the D570-GL, ensuring effective light coverage even in plankton-rich environments. Following a quick pre-dive charge, we submerged the torch, with Joey utilizing it as his primary light source alongside my strobes and underwater camera.
In terms of functionality, Joey tested the light and laser features, confirming that the brightness provided by the D570-GL was sufficient for use as a primary light. Its compact size also made it a viable option as a backup light. Switching between the light and laser proved to be straightforward, requiring a simple press of the titanium alloy button. This simplicity, especially crucial in cold water conditions with bulky dive gloves, made the D570-GL highly appealing.
The standout feature that led us to test this light was its green laser capability. As underwater photographers, having a light that allows a dive partner to point out subjects from a distance was particularly attractive. The green beam projected an impressive distance, enabling Joey to locate and highlight fascinating creatures while maintaining a comfortable distance.
Cons of the Dive Light:
While the OrcaTorch D570-GL excelled as a dive light, its battery life emerged as its primary drawback. A full charge provided approximately two hours of usage, a duration further reduced in colder water. Given our typical two-dive days lasting 60-75 minutes each, the light risked running out of battery midway through the second dive. Consequently, we opted to keep a backup light on hand.
Despite this limitation, the LED battery indicator light on the switch button proved invaluable. It offered a quick overview of the remaining charge, with green indicating above 70%, orange for 30-70%, red for 10-30%, and a flashing red light signaling a charge below 10%.
Note: This D570-GL dive light review was sponsored by OrcaTorch. The D570-GL light was provided to Dive Buddies 4 Life. All comments, tests and thoughts in relation to the light are honest and strictly that of Dive Buddies 4 Life.