I am writing GoPro reviews since 2014.
Since I am a scuba diver, I generally try to help divewithseaman.com readers about the underwater performance of each GoPro as much as I can.
On the land, we always have daylight during the day.
When it is rainy and/or cloudy, we use some lights to illuminate the object we are focused.
Generally speaking, when it is sunny and we are in an open environment, we don’t have to use a light.
However, this is not as simple as this (not talking about the pro shots, for sure) underwater.
Why We Need a Diving Light Underwater?
When you are at 10 meters, there is no more red color.
At 20 meters, there is no more orange.
This goes on like this and finally at 30’s, there is only blue and grey.
This is because water can absorb the colors from the light passing through it.
So, we not only loose the light as it becomes deeper, but also the color.
When you see a grey fish in 30 meters, for instance, you must think that maybe it is red… And when you aim an underwater torch to that fish, you can give it its real color again.
This is also valid for videos, for sure.
Which Diving Light to Use For GoPro?
There are dozens of brands and models of diving (underwater) lights for GoPro in the market.
I want to suggest you the ones that I am using with my own GoPros below.
Suptig GoPro Diving Lights
What I will be suggesting you to use is the brand: Suptig.
It is safe and works really fine if you are an amateur underwater photographer/videographer like me.
Recently, I use two models of Suptig GoPro Diving Lights:
Suptig 36 LED Diving Light for GoPro
I listed the compatible GoPro versions, but this diving light is also compatible with the majority of the actions cams.
It is waterproof up to 45 meters (147 feet) – already beyond recreational scuba diving limits
Very light (0.18Lb) and small (2.95 in(L) x 1.65 in(W) x 2.75 in(H)), which makes it easy to carry without the fear of entanglement.
500 Lumen maximum (5500K-6000K), that is to say, it is quite powerful in proportion to its size.
This underwater light has three modes:
Normal, Power saving and Flash (SOS for emergencies) that I have never used thankfully.
I advise you to use the normal mode, because power saving is not giving you what you expect.
The battery is rechargeable and it is 1050 mAh.
In normal mode, the battery lasts in 1.5 hours, so you can complete two dives without charging the battery in average.
In power saving mode, it is 4 hours and in flashing mode it is 6 hours.
The best part is, when the battery starts to make you sick and start to last only for 20 mins, you can replace it.
Note: I don’t advise you to use this GoPro diving light in your night dives as your primary dive torch even though some users and the producers declare that you can. However, as a primary dive torch in your night dives, you definitely need a much more powerful dive light. Please buy and use this light only for underwater photography/videography.
Suptig 56 LED Diving Light for GoPro
I use this light when the weather is darker, maybe in late afternoon and/or early evening dives, also in rainy and cloudy days.
I made couple of dives with Suptig 56 Led Diving Light for GoPro when it was raining like cats and dogs and the result were more than I expected.
Again, this diving light is compatible for the majority of the GoPros and other action cams, as well as the popular SLRs (check out the link for details).
This dive light has four dive light modes which are:
High Light (battery lasts in 2,5 hours) , Medium Light (battery lasts in 3,5 hours), Low Light (battery lasts in 5 hours) and SOS (battery lasts in 9 hours).
Its battery is 2600 mAh.
Suptig 56 LED diving light is waterproof up to 50 meters (164 feet) – already beyond recreational scuba diving limits
I use both of these diving lights for my GoPros and I am happy with them.
There were numerous divewithseaman.com readers that ask for a diving light compatible with GoPro.
It took some time for me to purchase and test some diving lights for our GoPros, but decided on these two.
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