View Full Version : Recomendation for BRIGHT flashlight and spotlight

November 26, 2009, 10:58 PM
I'm looking for a really BRIGHT flashlight. The size of the flashlight is really of no concern to me as long as I'm able to haul it around without much effort. I am also looking for a bright spotlight to keep in my truck for hunting...preferably a cordless one. I have one now at about 3 million candlepowers that plugs into the ac adapter in my truck and many times find myself wanting to take it down with me but cant..

November 26, 2009, 11:03 PM
Not sure about the spot light, but here's a fairly bright flashlight. What'ch hunting?


November 26, 2009, 11:07 PM
feral hogs mostly - most other game such as whitetail is illegal to hunt at night with spotlights

November 27, 2009, 06:23 AM
I have one of these:
It has two led bulbs on the side of the main sealed beam. It works plugged into the lighter and cordless. I'm not sure how long it will last uncorded but it does have indicator lights to let you know when its wearing down. HTH

November 27, 2009, 12:04 PM
There's nothing brighter for less money than this. (http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-HID0109-HID-Spotlight/dp/B001U04MEY) It's also available at walmart (but there are crappy other ones that look very similar to this one there.)

November 27, 2009, 12:55 PM
For $20 you cant beat these...


Its a good bit brighter than my old Streamlight Scorpions, and punches a beam as far or farther.

November 27, 2009, 01:38 PM
Plus one on the Fenix TK 40. If you are interested in one I can put you in touch with a Fenix dealer who sells them for about $100.

email me at dadams111@charter.net.

4Sevens is coming out with the Maelstrom in the next month or so. It is supposed be very bright with strong throw.


November 28, 2009, 12:53 PM
Do any of you have experience with HID spotlights? Cabelas has one at about 3,000 lumens...I want to know how they compare with regular ol' candlepower spotlights..

November 28, 2009, 02:33 PM
Black Bear sells some very bright flashlights. I've been very happy with mine and with the customer service. The link is in my signature.

November 28, 2009, 06:53 PM
Black Bear sells some very bright flashlights.

They are great flashlights. Hard to beat for the lumen's per dollar.

If cost is not a big problem then HID lights can do what you are asking and more. Here is one site, but there are others. Just search the Web for HID.


Here you go. 1800 lumen's in your hand. Just get hold your wallet in the other hand.:D


I want to know how they compare with regular ol' candlepower spotlights..

Missed that. As indicated they are the brightest out there. They do have some warm-up time...not instant on. But I think they now have models that come on very fast. They are more like a fluorescent than an ordinary incandescent. There is an initial high voltage to get the gas lit, then they run on low voltage. The military has some expensive HID's that are vehicle mounted that can light up a target for miles.

Also, HID like LED will have a smooth beam. No filament to show shadows or artifacts.

November 28, 2009, 07:55 PM
Ordered and received these (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200395696_200395696) last week. Hard to beat for the money. They are super bright and have a good throw for an LED-type... Best part is no batteries to change out every few days. Pop the battery out every few days and let it charge overnight, good to go.

November 29, 2009, 09:10 PM

Here in Australia Lightforce are considered one of the best for vehicle and hand held lighting systems, they do portable kits as well. They are available in the USA.

Check the video of the driving light toughness test.

November 29, 2009, 09:20 PM
I'm a big fan of Fenix flashlights and second that recommendation. But if you're on a tight budget and don't mind a larger light and have a Costco membership they have a deal on 2 x 360 lumen flashlights (http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11474620&search=flashlight&Mo=13&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=flashlight&Ntt=flashlight&No=9&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1). I have never used one but the reviews are good. The problem is that none of these have a long throw.

December 1, 2009, 02:37 PM
Check out the Solarforce lights that are in the accessories classifieds here on TFL. There's a fellow by the screen name Jimdo who is great to deal with and has great lights. I got a few of them and just ordered more for holiday gifts.

They are 300 lumen, light, small, shockproof and waterproof for around $30 and they ship fast.

December 1, 2009, 08:08 PM
Lots of good lights mentioned, but keep in mind that the OP said spotlight light, or long range throw. Lights that run multiple LED's usually do not have good throw. They have great flood type light and are as advertised for lumen's, but it takes a single LED or bulb parabolic reflector to give good throw.

December 1, 2009, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the recommendation..I put my order in to him Sunday and am expecting it soon :D

Chris Huff
December 2, 2009, 08:05 AM
Looks like I might be too late for you, but thought I'd post this up.

200 Lumn Cree XLamp 3w for $12. (http://www.goldengadgets.com/led-lights/led-flashlights/high-power-led-flashlights/f-nf015-3-watt-led-flashlight-with-cree-xlamp-led.html)

I got a couple to give as gifts and they will light up my pine trees 100-150ft away. Great for spotting my golden retriever when she won't come in. :)

They have lots of other lights on that site, so look around.

December 2, 2009, 03:27 PM
That is a bargain..and for 11.99 it won't bother me one bit to order another flashlight.

But, now that I've gotten excellent recommendations on flashlights, does anybody have any for spotlights?? Possibly something along the lines of the Stanley HID --> http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-HID0109-HID-Spotlight/dp/B001U04MEY

December 2, 2009, 03:50 PM

December 2, 2009, 08:59 PM
Thanks for the recommendation..I put my order in to him Sunday and am expecting it soon

You ordered some from Jim? I just got mine in today (paid Sunday as well) and they are awesome. I think my father and father-in-law are going to be quite pleased with these gifts. Every man needs a good light.

December 3, 2009, 12:33 AM
Yea, I ordered from Jim, but I've yet to receive it...

black bear 84
December 4, 2009, 05:29 PM

If you want a flashlight that can throw as far as a spotlight and of high quality, check the Borealis 1050 lumens flashlight.

Here is a comparison test I did against a Q-Bean 2 million candlepower sporlight,


Black Bear