Boys and girls, this new UV curing light is what us fly tyers have been waiting for. Before I purchased this light, my cures were left tacky and cracked easily. I don’t think you can understand the agony of waiting over a minute for UV to cure, all while staring at my folded over gut. Believe me, it’s not a pretty sight.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “60 smackaroos for a light, get outta here!” I do admit, I was hesitant to drop that kind of money when I already had two other UV lights sitting at my tying station. Yet, how many times have you thrown out a fly on the river because it came apart? Oh, the disdain you felt when that UV cracked and peeled away from that beautiful fly you had tied. Tinsel and Thin Skin are left exposed to the elements after your UV cure flaked away and your stuck asking yourself, “how did it come to this?!” At this point you throw the fly across the river, grab a mirror, and start to wonder when your life hit rock bottom. Well, this is it, rock bottom. You’re a litterer and your flies are useless! So, lets avoid this situation by curing your UV resins right the first time.
So, what does this light bring to the table?
3-Watt Output: This means no more carpal tunnel pain while you’re holding that light for ages. Get ready to bake that UV, baby! It’s gonna cook anywhere between 10 to 15 seconds, and with less tackiness. Your flies are going to come out better than a cupcake in an Easy Bake Oven.
Rechargeable Battery: Seriously, why did it take so long for this to be a thing? Half of the reason why my cures were terrible and inconsistent was due to battery issues. A light that uses disposable batteries will start to lose its strength after only a few uses, making your cures suffer. Since this light is rechargeable, you won’t be wondering if that AA has enough juice to cure the fly covered in resin. Instead, just plug the light in after you’re done with it and your worries will melt away. Now, for those lazy people who can’t be bothered to move 5 feet to the nearest outlet, this light will still work just fine! The Infiniti Light has an LED letting the user know when it should be recharged, meaning you will never have to wonder if it’s time for a new battery.
Environmentally Friendly: Because this light is rechargeable, it means no more tossing out batteries. Now you can bake some UV and say you’re a steward for positive environmental change, boyo! Stop dropping your hard-earned money at Costco for that Kirkland 50-pack of AA’s and start living the high life!
How could it be better?
Cord Length: What is this, a cord for ants? There is measly 2-foot cord included with the packaging. Seriously, when is there an outlet at desk height? Maybe in your wacky world, but not mine. This light should come with at least a 6-foot cord for convenience.
Charging Tip: Okay, so you may think I can just buy a longer cord and all will be well in resin curing world. Well, no, that is not the case. The USB charging tip is an odd, elongated shape that cannot be charged by any cords I have. No, not USB type C, no not your iPhone charger, and no, not your wife’s “massager.” I wish they could have just went with a simple charging port that works with cords you can find at Walmart.
Price: Yes, the price is what will throw off most potential buyers. Spending 60 bucks on a UV light is a tough pill to swallow when you can get some lights like the Loon Nano for $20. I have seen even cheaper lights on Amazon that claim they can cure UV resins in no time. However, I leave that decision up to you.
Final Verdict? This light is the best UV curing light I’ve ever owned. It’s one of, if not the most, powerful UV curing lights on the market today. Trust me, it’s worth the price tag it carries because you won’t be tossing those ruined flies out, along with your sanity. My only complaint is the cord that comes with the light. I wish it were around 6 feet so that you could have it plugged it while using it. However, just suck it up and get the best light you’ve ever owned. Just remember, don’t shine it on your bed, unless you want to be reminded that you’re a disgusting pig.
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