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Rail-mounted Spot Light Retail Source
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posted 10-07-2007 07:20 PM ET (US)
[Seeks] a relatively inexpensive spot light that can plug into a cigarette lighter and clip to the top rail of a Montauk center console.
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posted 10-08-2007 08:12 AM ET (US)
Cabela's has one that a few friends use on duck hunting boats. I think they are intended for ATV's. It has limited candle power but seems to be holding up pretty well in the marine environment (brackish / fresh water).
posted 10-08-2007 02:49 PM ET (US)
Before you buy and mount a spotlight on the rail see if you can borrow a handheld to hold in the position the mounted light will occupy and check for glare back in your eyes.
For that reason I wound up with a handheld and didn't even go with the plug-in but a one-million candlepower rechargeable instead. I can hold it up high in the air to spot markers and it will burn for hours between charges, longer than I would ever keep it on.
posted 10-08-2007 08:08 PM ET (US)
The only hesitation I have with rechargables is that I've had them and they've lost their ability to recharge after a year or so. This makes it a disposable option in my opinion and would have to be a "disposable" price.
posted 10-09-2007 02:27 PM ET (US)
I would have agreed with you a couple of years ago, rechargeable batteries used to develop a memory so unless you completely discharged then recharged you would end up not completely charging.
The advances in battery technology make the current rechargables a much better proposition.
posted 10-09-2007 02:53 PM ET (US)
I have had a Garrity one million candlepower rechargeable for about 2 years and have had no problem recharging.
I just Googled Garrity and found them as cheap as 15 bucks and imagine Wal Mart would be about that much. I think I paid about $20 and thought that was cheap:-)
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posted 10-09-2007 03:05 PM ET (US)
I use cheap rechargeable spotlights on my 13'. I get about one duck season out of a light. I always carry a "new" charged spare because they seem to die at the wrong times.
On my 18' Outrage I use a plug in handheld, also of the cheap variety. Its use is to be so infrequent I did not want to have to worry about keeping it charged.
Additonal note to my first post, I realized that the grab rails my buddies use are much larger in diameter than yours.
posted 10-09-2007 08:41 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all of the response guys!
One question about the rechargables. Some of the ones I've seen for sale come with car chargers. If the charge dies while I'm using it, will it work plugged in or is the plug only for charging? I had a rechargable for around the house and when it died, it still didn't work when plugged in.
Regarding the glare, you're right. Even with 3/4" rails, I've experienced VERY annoying glare and I can see that being a problem with rail mounting the spot.
My best bet is likely a handheld plug-in, since as you've mentioned, the rechargables can die at a moments notice and usually when you need the spot the most.
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