Intelight Sport Endurance White Strobe Light

Monday, 26 June 2006
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Strobe Light Developed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Kliptek Inc. recently unveiled a line of high-end strobe lights for both recreational and professional users.

The 12 low-drain LED's (Light Emitting Diode) creates an intense strobe that the manufactures claim will be seen for up to 7.2 kilometers and continuously flash for up to 10 days before needing to change the batteries.
 
The hidden secret to this otherwise innocent looking strobe is the technology packed onboard. Inside you will find a wear-free infrared reflective sensor encoder built into its low-drain onboard microprocessor. What does that mean? This unit has no physical on/off switch like other strobes but rather a sensor inside that can tell the position of the rotating head. Since nothing actually touches each other, nothing is going to wear out or break due to moving parts ensuring a reliable unit for a really long time.

endurance_white_light.jpgOnboard gold plated water activation sensors will activate the strobe automatically if you go overboard. Be rest assured that the unit won't turn on in a rain storm as it needs to be underwater for at least one second before activation.

One drawback to this unit is that there is technically no off switch. Even though the unit might not be blinking, the water sensors are active so if you are out practicing rescues or rolling with the strobe attached to your PFD, it will start blinking. It can easily be reset back to "off" mode again with the twist of the units head.

To help increase the perception of brightness, the internal microprocessor is programmed to increase the actual strobe pulse by approximately 400 times then conventional strobe lights. This increase allows the pulse to seem much brighter to the human eye, especially over long distances. We did a head-to-head test with the Intelight and a standard issue military strobe. When viewed from 250 meters away, there was quite a noticeable difference in brightness between the two units.

We did find the unit a little large. Compared to other models on the market, it is one of the largest units. For sea kayakers, it could be a little cumbersome is you plan to mount it to the back of your PFD. We did feel though that the overall brightness and reliability of it far outweighed that extra weight and size.

Pro's
  • Unit floats with the head upright
  • Very strong plastic case and lanyard attachment points
  • Built-in low battery indicator

Con's
  • Price (around $130 CDN)
  • No master off switch for the water sensors.

For more information visit intelightsport.com.


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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