There is nothing quite like using a product to test it thoroughly. We like to play with the products whenever we get a good opportunity. I recently took part in the Scottish Islands Peak Race and it was the perfect opportunity to put some gear through its paces. Amongst the kit I took were Guy Cotton Boots, Devold Merinos, Lenser P5.2 Hand Torch, Petzl Tactkka Headtorch, Exped Dry Bags and the Ortlieb Duffle Bag. Most of these items have been rigorously tested before but there was one new toy that I took along and it was brilliant – Exposure Lights MOB Search Light.
One of the features of the race is running up mountains in the dark and GPS devices are banned. It is very easy to get lost! Small torches are essential kit but what you really need is something that will blast its way down the mountain to pick up on the small loch in the distant valley with the next checkpoint. The problem with most searchlights is that they are too heavy but this one weighs just 116 g and that includes the batteries! That means it is light enough to run with. It also means it will float.
The second incredible feature of this piece of kit is that if you throw it into the sea near a MOB casualty it will automatically turn on a powerful strobe and flash for 40 hrs. If you keep one in the cockpit you have both a powerful 1,300 lumen searchlight for picking your way through moorings plus a fantastic safety device.
It is IPX8 rated to 5 metres depth, charges via a USB cable and comes in a zip case with two holsters, lanyard and charge cable.
Any snags? The only minor thing we found was that the clever magnetic charger connection could get knocked off if it got bashed.
(Stop Press: A note from the manufacturer! - With regard to your comment on the charger falling off I appreciate that this can happen and due to weight restrictions we are unable to increase the magnets used. However we supply all new MOB lights with a holster which has an option to insert the charging lead down the side. The magnetic head can then be secured firmly onto the light using the holster flap.)
As usual good things do cost a bit more but at £179.95 for a search light and a MOB safety device I reckon this is good value. I’ve bought one for the Good Ship Sumara so if you see a little wooden yacht with a massive light, then that’ll be me!
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