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Gear Review: SurfEars 3.0

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Back in 2019 I was at a really low ebb. I had just been told that I could not dive anymore due to recurrent ear infections causing perforations that eventually would lead to permanent damage. I got home from the hospital, slumped on the sofa, and the phone rang. It was Steve Warren from INON UK and I told him my woes. Don’t give up yet, he told me, I think I have just the people to help – SurfEars.

I tried to argue that wearing ear plugs whilst diving was not safe. What about equalization? But he stopped me in my tracks and said that these would work, he had tried them already on several dives. Could this be the answer that would save my diving career and allow me to continue my passion? Well the short answer is yes!

I wrote a review back then which you can read here: https://www.scubaverse.com/gear-review-surfears/

However, I am not sure that I stressed enough at the time that these earplugs saved me. They allowed me to dive, swim and snorkel in the ocean, and I have not had an ear infection since.

Recently the team at SurfEars sent me the latest design – SurfEars 3.0 – to try out. The earplugs come in a really handy pod that I clip to my BCD so that I do not forget them. They come with a range of plug sizes so you can customise them for a perfect fit. The ‘wing’ tucks into your ear, holding the earplug securely, so you feel they will be secure even when rolling or striding off the boat into the water. You can even use them even when putting on a hood in cold water.

The SurfEars allow you to still be able to hear clearly, as they allow air and sound to travel through, and just prevent water ingress, so safety in hearing instructions from the boat or your buddy is not compromised.

I find that wearing them has not only completely stopped any ear infections, but also makes equalization easier too. They are so comfortable that I never really notice that they are in.

If you suffer from ear infections from diving, then do give these a try. They are the first thing on my packing list now!

For more information visit https://surfears.com/

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Tried & Tested: OrcaTorch D630 Canister Dive Light

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The OrcaTorch D630 is a canister dive light designed for cave diving, wreck diving or similar technical diving activities. The light delivers up to 4,000 lumens, and its angle adjustable cable allows both 90°and 180° rotation between canister and light head. This makes the OrcaTorch D630 suited for both side mount and back mount diving. Its large capacity battery pack provides up to 5 hours at the brightest mode.

Features

  • Uses 5* CREE LEDs, max 4000 lumens
  • 90°~180° angle adjustable cable
  • 7° super focus beam
  • LED indicator offers an instant update of battery status
  • Rechargeable large capacity battery
  • 5 hours long runtime at brightest mode
  • Battery can be used as a power bank
  • Battery charging indicator displays the charging status
  • Easy operation with side titanium alloy button switch
  • Safe lock function
  • Intelligent overheat protection
  • Depth rated up to 150 meters
  • Constructed from aircraft-grade high strength aluminum alloy

Test Conditions

  • Location: Capernwray Quarry, UK
  • Visibility: 6-8m
  • Temperature: 14 degrees C
  • No of Dives: 2

Review

There is plenty to be impressed about with the OrcaTorch D630 Dive Light! On a recent trip to Capernwray I used it both as a light and gave it to my buddy to model for me, so that I could see it in action from both sides. Firstly, and possibly most importantly, it is really easy to use. There is a lock to prevent it being turned on accidentally, and this switch is easy to use even with thick gloves. Once unlocked it is a simple button press to flick through the modes. The dive was a bit green and murky, but this powerful light cut through the less than perfect water conditions really well. It is easy to mount and with the adjustable cable angle it can be put wherever suits you best and still have a good hose route.

I love the fact that at the end of a couple of long dives using this light, I was still able to use the battery to charge my phone! The D630 gives a clear indication of the power left in the battery, so you will never be caught short on a dive.

This is a great light for wreck diving or using on any overhead environment dive. I have not tried it at night, but I can be confident it would be outstanding for this too. It is a tough, rugged, quality dive light with both impressive battery life and light beam.

At £539.95 ($659.95) you are getting a quality light for your money. It is depth rated to 150m and the battery will last for 5 hours – so it is a great dive light to join you on your next adventure.

For more information visit the OrcaTorch website by clicking here.

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