*** I will be adding a review of the Bug Bond torch soon. It is currently in the mail! 4/25/14***
Loon Outdoors UV Power Light (added 6/23/13)
Sells for $34-39.99 online. The light is slim, measuring approximately 4" long x .75"diameter & is slightly longer than the palm of my hand. I've emailed the company to request specs. The light houses a single bulb. The light comes with a cordura & velcro case that can attach to a belt. It also comes with a removable lanyard. The on/off button nearly fills the lamp's base and the lanyard attaches near the base. The light takes 1 standard (included) or rechargeable AA battery. UV Mini Lamp: It comes on a key chain, is well constructed, & takes 4 AG3 batteries (included). Due to the decreased intensity of the bulb itself, of course it takes longer to cure LCRs. Because it is only 2 inches long, it is easy to carry in a vest or wader pocket, along with a small tube of a Loon LCR, to quickly repair tears in waders, boat punctures, etc. I started out curing LCR on my flies with this little lamp. The largest con to the light is the battery type required for its use. To locally purchase batteries costs at least as much as my lamp's $15.33 purchase price. I bought batteries through Amazon more affordably but took a gamble that the batteries would arrive appropriately charged.
Pro Curing Light from Clear Cure Goo
Curing Rates - Please note that I used Loon Outdoors UV Clear Fly Finish adhesive with these lights. I can’t report how other adhesive brands would cure with these lights & many manufacturers recommend their light, claiming it is made to cure within the specific wavelength of their product. When in doubt, use your product's light. If not possible, first cure your flies with a light then place outside on sunny day to ensure a full cure. My first impression was that the Spirit River light cured as quickly as the CCG product and maybe a hair faster. However, after adding eyes, curing, & then building up the heads, it seemed the CCG light cured a bit more effectively. The CCG light simply has more LED’s and a broader beam of light. The differences were slight.
Loon UV Power Light update 6/23/13: The Loon light cured the LCR on my musky fly head quite similarly to the CCG light without any obvious differences in cure rate or amount of tackiness on the cured surface. I used a freshly charged AA battery in the light.
Loon UV Power Light review added 6/23/13: I felt I was able to comfortably use the Loon light in my hand, although the CCG light likely was the most comfortable. The on/off button was also placed in the same position as the CCG light & had similar ergonomic ease of use. The Loon light appears well-made, appearing to have the best quality construction of the 3 lights. The Loon light, with a nice heft, is composed primarily of metal parts with metal threads attaching the the cap of the battery compartment.
Summary - While my review is far from scientific, I feel both lights did their intended job. If cost is one’s main concern, perhaps the Spirit River Lightsaber would be a good choice. Overall, I felt the CCG light cured slightly faster, was more comfortable in the hand, and was more user-friendly. I would take great care to avoid dropping either light. ~Twitch, 11/30/12
Loon update 6/23/13: As expected, the Loon light was effective in curing its own LCR product on small and large flies. Overall, the Loon light appeared to be constructed better & came with accessories that have a practical use. It's cost is comparable to the CCG light.
A single bulb allows one to concentrate the light source over the area being cured & decrease curing time, whereas multiple, less-intense bulbs may produce similar overall light output but in a more diffuse area. During the latter, more UV light spills onto the user's hands and the tying area. On the flip side, if one of those weaker bulbs burns out, the light remains usable. If the single-bulb light burns out, one best hope it's a sunny day so the fly can be finished!