The SeaLife SportDiver Pro 2500 Set is a compact and lightweight underwater housing for Apple’s iPhone® for use down to 130 feet or 40 meters. The SportDiver can hold the iPhone 7 through the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max models. The Set includes the Sea Dragon 2500F underwater photo-video light.
The SportDiver is easy to hold and use and offers a large shutter lever and rear control buttons for easy operation, even with dive gloves. It includes free SeaLife SportDiver camera app which requires IOS 12 or higher. The app uses the iPhone® camera technology native to each iPhone® model and allows you to easily switch between photo and video mode. All files are saved to iPhone® camera roll.
The SportDiver housing automatically connects your iPhone to the SportDiver app using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Powered by two AAA batteries that last over 50 hours of continuous use.
The SportDiver Housing includes the 2500 Lumen “Sea Dragon” Photo-Video Light for brilliant and colorful underwater images and video, and is accompanied with a grip and tray for smooth, steady imaging. When you’re not using the SportDiver with the light, a removable underwater color-correction filter is included with the SportDiver that restores natural underwater colors, it easily attached or removes underwater.
A sturdy tension holding spring and rubber grip tabs that securely hold the iPhone® in place and adds shock-protection. A Cam-lock sealing latch that easily and securely locks waterproof door.
Dual Leak Alarms, an internal moisture alarm and pressure loss alarm alert the diver with on-screen warnings, plus audible and LED signal in the unlikely event the waterproof seal is compromised.
For the latest app and technical updates, visit our technical updates and troubleshooting page.
Works with iPhone® 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, Xr, Xs, Xs Max, 11, 11 Pro Max, SE (2nd Gen), 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
Easy control – Large shutter lever and rear control buttons for easy operation, even with dive gloves
Access popular camera settings – Get creative with your shot by using advanced settings
Shoot photos or record video – Easily switch between photo and video mode
Dual Leak Alarms – Includes internal moisture alarm and internal vacuum pressure alarm
Removable underwater color-correction filter for bright, colorful underwater photos & videos
Includes SeaLife SportDiver camera app for iOS – Free download in App Store
Bluetooth® wireless technology – Housing automatically connects to your iPhone®
Holding spring and rubber grip tabs securely holds iPhone® in place and adds shock-protection
Triple 1/4-20 tripod mounts – Mounts to Flex-Connect or any tray with standard tripod threads
Cam-lock sealing mechanism easily and securely locks waterproof door
Powered by two AAA batteries that last over 50 hours of continuous use
Anti-fog design when SL911 Moisture Muncher capsule is used
Depth rated to 130ft / 40m – Each housing is individually depth tested
Playback photos and videos – App Playback mode shows full size photos and videos with vertical thumbnail strip to easily located your shots
Includes Sea Dragon 2500F underwater photo/video light with Grip & Tray for brilliant underwater imaging
Sea Dragon 2500 Features
Powerful 2500 lumen LED light using the latest COB LED array technology.
Three brightness levels: 100%, 50% and 25%.
One button control for easy operation. One button to power light on/off and select brightness.
60 minute burn time at full power.
Constant brightness – Regulated circuitry so light won’t dim with battery power.
90 Color Rendering Index (CRI) that mimics natural daylight.
Easy to expand with Flex-Connect™ trays, grip and flex arms.
120° wide beam angle evenly illuminates the subject with no hot spots. 90° underwater.
Emergency mode emits blinking light or SOS signal to alert others of distress. Activated by holding down power button for 5 seconds from power off state.
Depth rated to 330 ft (100m).
Corrosion-proof metal light head for heat dispersion and durability.
Removable 25Wh 3400 mAh Li-Ion battery w/ charger and international plug adapters included.
Waterproof battery compartment protects internal electronics even if light accidentally floods.
Protective circuitry – The light and battery feature integrated protective circuits that cuts power in the unlikely event the light overheats or short circuits.
Safety pressure release valve – One-way waterproof valve releases battery compartment pressure in the unlikely event of battery malfunction.
SportDiver Housing for iPhone®
|Free App Name:||SportDiver in App & Play stores|
|Compatible iPhones®:||7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, Xr, Xs, Xs Max, 11, 11 Pro Max, SE (2nd Gen), 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max|
|Depth rating:||130’ (40 m)|
|Power:||2x AAA batteries (alkaline or NiMH)|
|Battery Life:||50 hours|
|Two LED Indicators:||Leak Alarm pressure indicator: Flashing green when vacuum pressure has not been applied; Solid green when vacuum pressure is okay; Flashing red if a leak is detected
Power / Wireless connection status: Flashing blue when powered on and not wirelessly connected; Solid blue when powered on and wirelessly connected
|Wireless technology:||Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE)|
|Instruction manual:||Includes printed Instruction Manual in English. Spanish, German, French, Italian and Dutch languages may be downloaded from SeaLife website|
|Controls:||Shutter, Mode, Up (Zoom / Focus +), Down (Zoom / Focus -), Playback and Camera Settings|
|Operating temp:||Underwater: 33°F to 110°F|
|Land:||0°F to 120°F|
|Storage temp:||-20 degrees F to +140 degrees F|
|O-ring:||Main O-ring – TPE (requires included silicone lube)|
|Lens port:||Optical glass lens port; Lens frame allows attachment of color-correction filter while underwater|
|LCD window:||Optical grade polycarbonate full-screen display window (Screen Protector available – sold separately)|
|Tripod mount:||Three standard ¼-20 tripod threads to attach accessories|
|Lanyard:||SeaLife deluxe padded lanyard with swiveled attachment clip|
|Material:||Polycarbonate housing with 304-316 stainless steel and hard-anodized T6061-grade aluminum metal hardware|
|Dimensions:||External: 8.4” x 4.9” x 2.2” (213.1 mm x 125.7 mm x 54.8 mm)
Internal: 6.35″ x 3.15″ x 0.60” (160 mm x 79 mm x 15mm)
|Weight:||22.6 oz. (641g) UW housing only – without batteries, filter, Moisture Muncher
24.0 oz. (680g) UW housing only – with batteries, filter, Moisture Muncher, 10x med. grip tabs
|Buoyancy:||Positive 2.8 oz. (80g) UW housing only – with batteries, red filter and Moisture Muncher
Subtract weight of phone to calculate total UW buoyancy in seawater
|Warranty:||1-year limited warranty or longer depending on local government regulations|
|Certification:||CE, ROHS, FCC (FCC ID: 2ACKF-SL400)|
|Country of Origin:||Designed/Engineered in USA, Made in China|
SportDiver App for iOS
|App compatibility:||Supports iPhone’s with current and previous iOS operating system installed, which is subject to change as determined by Apple|
|Modes:||Photo – captures single image with each push of the shutter
Video – Push shutter to start/stop video recording
Settings – Adjust iPhone® camera settings (See below)
Playback – View photos and videos
|Settings (w/ V2 App):||Lens – Select single or multiple lenses (Depends on phone model)
Focus – Automatic or Manual
White Balance (WB) – Auto or manual (3000K to 8000K) in 100K increments
Tint – +150 to -150 color tint in 10-unit increments
Exposure (EV) – -3.0 top +3.0 in .3 stop increments
RAW+JPEG – Capture RAW image file (Depends on phone model)
Video Resolution – 4K-30fps, 1080p-30fps and 720p-30fps
Photo + 3 sec. Video – On or Off (Records 1 sec video clip before image capture)
Portrait (Bokeh) – On or Off (Same as portrait mode on multi-lens iPhone®)
Power Save – Off, 1 min, 2 min or 5 min. (Dims screen – push any button to wake-up)
Display Brightness – From 10% to 100%
Leak Alarm – On or Off (Audio alarm and warning message if leak is detected)
|Delete Function:||Yes – push OK button twice to delete selected file in Playback mode.|
|Battery Level Indicator:||Indicates remaining battery life of iPhone® and UW housing|
|Zoom:||Yes – from 1x to 10x in 0.5x increments|
|File Location:||Photos and videos are saved to iPhone® Photos app for editing and sharing|
Sea Dragon 2500 Specifications
|Body Material:||Anodized aluminum light head with fiber-reinforced polycarbonate body|
|Light Source/Bulb Type:||1 x COB LED array (COB – Chip On Board)|
|Brightness:||2500 lumens (maintains 2500 lumens throughout burn time at full power)|
|Brightness Levels:||Full power (100%), half power (50%), and quarter power (25%)|
|Buoyancy:||Negative; -94 grams underwater|
|Button Control:||Long push (1 sec) to power light on/off; Short push cycles through 100% → 50% → 25% → 100% [repeat cycle]|
|Light Modes:||Constant light or emergency signal light (activated by long push of power button); one second flash or SOS at full power|
|Color Rendering Index*:||90|
|Beam Angle:||120 degrees (90-degrees underwater)|
|Battery:||Lithium Ion 7.4V, 3400 mAh, 25Wh (included)|
|Battery Charge Time:||170 minutes|
|Run Time:||60 minutes at full power/120 minutes at half power/240 minutes at quarter power|
|Depth:||Tested to 200 feet/60 meters|
|Dimensions:||4.8″ x 2.2″ x 3.8″ (12.2cm x 5.6cm x 9.7cm), head only|
|Weight:||9oz (255g) head only without battery ; 12.9oz (365g) head with battery|
|Bulb Life:||35,000 hours|
|O-ring:||Dual NBR o-rings (lube included)|
|Country of Origin:||Designed/Engineered in USA, Made in China|
*CRI is a measure of a light source’s ability to show object colors “realistically” or “naturally” compared to daylight, which has a CRI of 100 and represents the maximum value.
The beam angles for the Sea Dragon lights are shown as the true, tested “in-air” (above water) beam angle. Underwater, due to light refraction, the angle tightens to approximately 33% less.
Avoid using this Sea Dragon light above water for prolonged periods of time
The light is designed for underwater use and water is needed to displace heat. The metal light head at full power will reach temperature of about 140F (60C) degrees within a few minutes, which may cause burning if touched. A thermal sensor will automatically dim the light if internal temperatures reaches 150F (65C) degrees. Immediately turn off light if any parts of the light become hot to the touch.
SportDiver Underwater Housing for iPhone®
Sea Dragon 2500 Underwater Photo/Video Light head
Flex-Connect Single Tray w/ standard ¼-20 mounting screw
25Wh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery
AC Power Adapter, charging tray, and international plug adapters
Spare O-rings, O-ring lubricant, O-ring removal tool
Sea Dragon EVA Case
Q: When will SportDiver ANDROID version be available?
A: App engineers are working on the Android app, which will be compatible with the same SportDiver underwater housing (item # SL400) that is currently used for the iPhone. The SportDiver Android app will be available in June 2021.
Q: Can I lock and unlock the phone when it is inside the SportDiver housing to save battery power?
A: It is not possible to lock or unlock the phone when it is inside the housing. Apple iOS controls that function. The phone must be unlocked and SportDiver app running when it is inside the housing. The app has a power save feature which dims the screen by 80% and turns off the camera. Push any button to “wake-up” the phone. Also turn off any apps running in the background to further save battery power. With these power save features, the phone’s battery should last at least 2 dives, so there is no need to open the housing between dives.
Q: Can I take a picture while recording video?
A: Not currently, but the SportDiver app does have a “Photo + 3 sec. Video” setting, which records 1.5 seconds of video before and after the picture. We are continuously working on improving the app features and hope to add PIV (Picture-in-Video) feature with future app update.
Q: Will the SportDiver Bluetooth interfere with my dive computer or other Bluetooth devices?
A: There should be no interference issues with the SportDiver and any other Bluetooth devices. The SportDiver has been tested and certified by testing lab for FCC and Bluetooth compliance, which specifically tests for interference among other radio frequency compliance regulations. In addition, the SportDiver uses frequency-hopping Bluetooth Low Energy wireless technology which does not transmit through water (i.e. to your dive computer)
Q: How do I get my iPhone 12 / 11 Pro Max to fit in the housing?
A: Replace the pre-installed medium-sized rubber grip tabs with the small-sized grip tabs. The small grip tabs are in the white envelope included with the SportDiver. See page 14 of the manual for details.
Q: I can’t play the .MOV videos on my Windows computer
A: Use VLC Media Player, which is a free download at https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
Q: When I put my phone into the housing, Siri appears because the volume button was pressed accidentally.
A: You can move the rubber grip tabs around so they do not touch the iPhone buttons. Page 14 in manual.
Q: When I put the phone into the housing the leak alarm goes off.
A: Your finger is conductive like water, so touching the water sensor will activate the alarm. See Page 21 in manual.
Q: Is there a way to use the SportDiver without the vacuum pressure leak alarm or is it mandatory?
A: Yes, you can disable the pre-dive vacuum pressure leak alarm in the bottom of the Settings Menu. The water sensor leak alarm cannot be disabled. See Page 37 in manual.
Q: I pumped too much and got “over-pump” warning but couldn’t release the pressure with my finger or a pen. Am I doing something wrong?
A: Move the rubber tip sideways – don’t push down on it. See Page 24 in manual.
Q: Sometimes the button response is a bit slow in the Settings menu.
A: The lens setting has a 1 second delay when changing lenses, which is necessary for stable app performance. See Page 35 in the manual.
Q: When I want to save a RAW, what is the difference between the JPG and the RAW in the iPhone? Normally my phone doesn’t have this feature.
A: The JPEG is the processed image using iPhone’s image processing technology. The RAW file is the native unprocessed image from the iPhone sensor. The SportDiver doesn’t do any processing of the RAW file.
Q: Are you planning to make an adapter for the front to be able to use a wide-angle or macro lens with the housing as well?
A: Not at this time for several reasons:
Q: Can you use the flash of the iPhone so that you can connect an external strobe?
A: No. The iPhone’s LED Flash is next to the lens and will cause internal glare. Therefore, the strobe light has been permanently disabled. Another issue is that the iPhone uses a pre-flash to control exposure. That requires a special strobe to mimic the pre-flash and then deploy a primary flash, which strobes typically won’t do. A photo-video light is the best lighting accessory and easy to use.
Q: I can’t see the menu items for some reason. Only the select menu setting is visible.
A: Change the iPhone’s Display & Brightness setting from “Dark” mode to “Light” mode. A future app update will allow you to read the full menu in Dark mode.
Q: Do I need cellular service to be able to use the SportDiver with my iPhone?
A: No, you just need WiFi to download and install the SportDiver app from the App Store to the iPhone, and a current version of iOS. Cellular service is not needed.
Q: What is maximum operating altitude for the SportDiver housing?
A: The SportDiver housing vacuum pressure check (leak analysis) works up to altitude of 6000 ft / 1829m (11.8 psia). At higher altitude, the SportDiver LED status indicator will show red/green/yellow error code.
SportDiver App V.2 Highlights*
*Phone must be capable of the features described in app highlights, i.e. phone must have 4K to able to shoot 4K through the app.
New app versions are being developed continuously to open more features.