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TOMBECK
September 26, 2009, 07:06 PM
I have bought a couple of cheap spotlights and got what I paid for -CHEAP!!!!
Would appreciate recommendations on good spotlight - rechargeable and good battery life, possibly dual/multi range light. In the 1 MM to 10MM candle power (lummens equivalent??). Ideas on places to buy and price range. Tell me the good ones and BAD ones in your experience.

I live in the country and use one for deer, wild dogs, lost cattle and horses, and to counter jacklighters. My 3 cell MagLight getting me by for now.

tranks
September 28, 2009, 11:40 PM
how far do you need the light to go? how long do the batteries need to last? whats your price range?

my 3 watt Olight (led) lasts 12 hrs at 90 lumens and 150 hrs at 7 lumens.

i also have a 3 D cell maglight and it (with new batteries) is almost the same brightest as my Olight on the 7 lumen setting.

on the 250 lumen setting, it has a pretty bright spot light at ~80ft. (but only lasts 3 hrs, gets fairly warm too)

the Olight cost quite a bit though, i paid 95 for the light and another 30 for the rechargeable battery and charger.

rjrivero
September 29, 2009, 12:32 AM
My Girlfriends Father has one of those huge 12 volt spotlights from Harbor Freight or some such place. Claims 1,000,000 candlepower. I have a hand held Olight M30 with 2 x 18500 batteries (Rechargeable) and it is MUCH brighter than that "spotlight." It is an LED light rated at 700 lumens out the front.

The Olight M30 is more "floody" than a true thrower. If you're looking for a pure thrower, then you'll be happier with a Jetbeam M1X, as I understand these throw better (due to reflector design). These are LED lights and will run about $100-$150 depending on where you buy them from.

If you're looking for a MEGA light, then I would suggest the Polarion HID (If you're independantly wealthy and have need for a $1,200 to $2,500 search light.)

If you're looking for something a bit more "reasonable" then the Microfire HID series have had good reviews. ($350ish to $600 ish depending on model and place of purchase.)

Do yourself a favor and take a peek at www.candlepowerforums.com and take some notes. It gives me a headache every time I read those posts. :eek:

Here are some pictures that may help you decide on a flashlight. Left to right:
Olight M30 (Without battery extender), AA Battery, Dorcy 41-4292 LED 6 Watt K2 Terminator, AAA Battery, Mini Maglight, R123A Battery, K2 Element, Surefire G2 Nitrolon, Surefire E2e
http://www.moviephotoforums.com/photopost/data/650/medium/Comparison.JPG
Olight M30 with the extender:
http://www.moviephotoforums.com/photopost/data/650/medium/ComproExtended.JPG
Olight M30 Bits and Pieces
http://www.moviephotoforums.com/photopost/data/650/medium/Pieces.JPG (http://www.moviephotoforums.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=8484)

TOMBECK
September 30, 2009, 08:26 PM
Thanks for input folks - got some good info and will do more research.

tranks
September 30, 2009, 08:51 PM
i don't know if you already saw it or not but there is another thread on here with lots of info....

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239165

Bill DeShivs
October 1, 2009, 08:26 AM
One of my DeLights will do what you want inexpensively, and you can put it in your pocket!
www.billdeshivs.com

Logs
October 8, 2009, 02:13 PM
I have a Surefire G3 with a WolfMan LED upgrade total cost about $100 and it is brighter than the 1 million candle power $40 spotlight at Walmart. The G3 is also a lot easier to carry and will last over an hour.

The one at Walmart Dorsey Brand I think, will only last 15 minutes.

langenc
October 8, 2009, 10:07 PM
My last Cabelas plastic statement had an offer for a rechargable 'spotlight' for around $30.