We loved the original version 1 OrcaTorch D630 because it was the perfect primary dive light for technical diving at a great price point, whether diving backmount, sidemount or rebreather. Now the 2023 Version 2 makes it even better.
D630: 5 to 20 hours run time
From the day it hit the market, the OrcaTorch D630 canister (umbilical) dive light became our reliable and affordable best-seller with dozens of divers… Unsurprisingly, the revamped OrcaTorch D630 V.2 is now the best dive light in our arsenal in 2023.
With a super-focus 7º beam, the OrcaTorch D630 V2.0 Tech Dive Light dive light delivers up to 4,000 lumens of maximum power for 5 hours and comes at such a good price point it has been our best seller for a few years now.
Suppose you need more time to make up your mind. In that case, take into account this torch has three power modes that can extend the burn-time up to nearly 20 hours, a 90º and 180º adjustable cable outlet from the battery, as well as an adjustable and front-foldable Goodman Handle that protects the lens during transport, and its low profile, low weight, makes it ideally suited for every type of diving.
90º-180º Angle Adjustable Cable
The angle-adjustable cable of the OrcaTorch D630 allows both 90 and 180-degree rotation, making it ideal for backmount or Sidemount diving and attachment to any rebreather.
So what else makes the D630 the best dive light in 2023?..
First off, OrcaTorch is distributed in the UK by our friends at one of the country’s most reliable distributors, Sea & Sea renowned for its excellent service and after-care.
Secondly, we are the largest stockists of OrcaTorch D630’s (and its smaller hand-held siblings) in the country, and there’s a reason for that: Increased demand. Not through any advertising, but word of mouth mostly, divers seeing other divers using this excellent product, some in adverse, cold and dark conditions.
Starting from the torch battery…
It consists of 2 components: The anodised Aluminium canister itself and the battery pack casing that is screwed in (as it will arrive ready-to-go in its box to you).
On removing the canister from the light head, one of the first things you’ll notice is that the canister threads have not just two but three o-rings, providing greater protection against water ingress.
The threads are deep, and the thread part that screws into the light head connector is about 270mm high, giving enough distance to keep the water out under pressure.
Two jubilee clips holding a 2.5-inch wide velcro harness webbing strap are impressively concealed in quality rubber starting straight underneath the threads, with the jubilee screws also out of sight in hard rubber protectors (but accessible from the side).
You can use the harness webbing strap without using the velcro as the connection is well secure.
Looking at the battery from top, you’ll see… well… lots of things. For one a USB out port which is an attractive addition for those dive trips you’re returning from and still have juice to charge a phone or headphones and similar.
The battery is clearly marked at 3000mAh which is plenty of power and 7.4V, 89Wh which the experts among you will work out to match what advertised rates are. The slot to the left of the 7,4V in the picture is where the charge plug goes in. And the 4 LED lights to the right of it show how much juice the battery has.
Using our scale we’ve established the weight of the canister and battery combined as 746 gram of which the battery itself is 524 gram and the housing with jubilee clips and webbing strap 222 gram (give or take).
All the power is packed in a low profile slim body canister.
With a diameter of 22mm, circumference 165mm and height just under 210mm, the canister can be worn on the back in sidemount configuration with adjustable hose routing or neatly against a backplate on the waist harness webbing for backmount.
…to the light head itself
The light head of the Orcatorch D630 is as low profile as the battery and feels extremely comfortable and stable on back of a hand, whether gloved or not, with its adjustable Goodman Handle.
The head is permanently attached via a power cable to the screw-on battery cap although the handle is removable and light head, cable, handle and cap weigh just above 850 gr on the surface. (The above image text does not include the weight of the handle.)
As you’ll see in the image below, the head itself contains 5 LEDs.
You can see how cool the adjustable handle looks (it feels nice too! It also folds back onto the lens of the light to protect it during transport). You can pre-adjust the height and the width with its Allen key.
There are 4 connection points in the battery cap that screws on the canister creating contact with the two circular power outputs on the battery facing up.
The light head switch can be locked to prevent accidental use and also shows battery level.
A single press on the button will bring the torch alive at maximum power and another press, lower the power until the third press that brings it to lowest power setting.
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Looking for a more alternative hand-held alternative to the OrcaTorch D630? Check out our Top Dive Lights for Under £150 review.