Exposure Marine claim that its man overboard (MOB) strobe and search light, will ensure you can be found fast.
The light, designed to save lives at sea, does not need to be switched on. Its motion activated technology means it can be thrown towards a person afloat. Once it hits the water a contact is created and its highly visible 1300 lumens strobe remains flashing until the water contact is broken. The MOB burn time lasts for one hour on high mode, five on medium and 20 hours on low.
Exposure's patented MOB light ensures the search light cannot be activated accidentally and that no time is wasted with mechanical switches in an emergency. Programmed to sense motion when the MOB is initially picked up, it triggers the positive and negative charge terminals to actively seek a connection for a period of 30 seconds. The strobe starts flashing after eight consecutive seconds in the water when the connection is confirmed. Once activated the MOB light auto-checks the connection every 60 seconds. If the water connection has ceased it will deactivate to save battery life.
The MOB, which also doubles as a search light, is stored head down in a choice of lifejacket or wall mounted holster enabling the quick find button to remain visible. The button also provides live battery feedback on the strobe’s remaining burntime indicating when it is time to recharge. A fully charged MOB light will remain active for ten days.
As well as the strobe the MOB has a 1300 lumens high power spot light to pinpoint an object and provide a periphery beam to illuminate the surrounding area.
Buoyant and housed in a high visibility orange aluminium waterproof casing, it is IPX8 rated to five metres depth. Weighing 116 grams, the lightweight MOB fits comfortably in the palm of a hand and offers high output modes for trimming or spotting and also supplies hours of runtime on lower modes for general use.
The Exposure MOB comes with two program modes. The first offers a high, medium and low output brightness modes for varying situations and is activated by double clicking the quick find button. Program two is a single click option for an instant rapid switch on/off, developed for professional sail trimmers to protect their eyes at night.
The MOB lights will be on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing throughout the current 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race acting as both trimming light and man over board strobe light. The crew have mounted the lights at various locations on the Volvo 65 Azzam to enable quick grab access.
Retailing at $334.45 supplied with:
- quick grab holster with velcro and water resistant adhesive attachment
- carriage holster with velcro belt loop, security loop and water resistant adhesive attachment
- USB charging lead
- quick start guide
- reflective Dyneema wrist lanyard