NEW Archon S30 review (not released yet!)

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Mark Pilzer
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NEW Archon S30 review (not released yet!)

Hi Guys!

Here is the complete review for the brand new Archon S30.

This is a small-size but powerfull diving light, it uses a 26650 batteries and 3 Xm-l2 LED`s.
The runtime although it dimms over time is quite long! I was able to get over 5 and a half hours of light out of the 4000mAh battery. See the Runtime test here!
Another great feature of the light is that it has a built in over-discharge protection for the battery, which means that also unprotected cells can be used withouth worries.
It is very similar to the S24V in therms of appearance and construction, the only big diference is that the head of the S24V has a larger diameter.

The switch is the usual Archon magnetic Push switch, I find it very convenient to opperate as it switches quite easilly, but still hard enough to prevent accidental switching, as a canditate for back-up light this feature is convenient on the S30, especially if you like to carry the back-up in your BCD pocket.

It runs 3 xm-l2`s with a cold-white tint, and it is sold as a 3000lumen max light.
I had no way to test it, but during a dive I compared it to my OrcaTorch D620 (2700lumen) and I could not tell a real diference, although I think the D620 was appearing to be a bit brighter. (the S30 had run for about 15mins when I compared them)
Take a look at the complete review to see underwater footage of the light!

It has a 2 O-ring design, the O-rings are very thick and came well lubricated!
The thread is short and clean cut.
Both negative and positive contacts use a spring for ideal contact.
This is exactlly the same to the new S24V

The beam is a bit wider than the Archon V10S or others like the Brinyte Div11/12, but consiering it is a 3000lumen light is comes in handy, basically you have the same amount of light where you shine it to, but the lighten area is larger.


The pack includes a 4000mAh 26650 protected battery from Archon, the charger has a 1A output and was a EU plug in my case.
Included in the set is the light, battery, charger, a wrist strap, spare-O-rings and the english user-manual.

See the review, unboxing and underwater video here:
https://youtu.be/fkqXj4QCEMQ
And see the Runtime test here:
https://youtu.be/ixU29NmAfN4

Thanks for reading this!
Best regards
Mark

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:34
blueb8llz
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Thanks for the quick review and video. I kinda like this light. But it does not look to be a true 3000 lumens. I wonder what the price will be

Mark Pilzer
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blueb8llz wrote:
Thanks for the quick review and video. I kinda like this light. But it does not look to be a true 3000 lumens. I wonder what the price will be

Yeah, it’s not really a 3000lumen over a long period, although I believe it is near that at the beginning, if you notice on the runtime test video, in the first 1 hour it sloly dimms down, I would say 1500/2000lumen +/-, and then stays steady until around 3 hours where I gess is the time it changes to the low-mode, and then runs out on that.

The retail price for this light will be around 120-130USD I have been told, for the complete pack.

If you compare this light to some umbilicals out there I ask myself why do people buy umbilicals… I gess runtime must be king for them.

Cheers