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posted 12-28-2011 11:37 PM ET (US)
My rechargeable handheld [spotlight] finally died and I need a new [rechargeable handheld spotlight]. I use [a rechargeable hand-held spotlight] around the [house] and garage so I'm hunting. [Do readers have] any recommendations [for a handheld rechargeable spotlight that can be used around the house and the garage]?
posted 12-29-2011 09:53 AM ET (US)
Ben Ellison on PANBO.COM gave a very strong endorsement for a particular hand-held flashlight in a recent article he wrote for his blog. I have not tried this product, but it seemed to be a reasonable choice. See Ben's blog for comments:
Note: Ben refers to this as a flashlight, not a spotlight. It may be more suitable for use in your garage than a true spotlight. Usually the beam from a spotlight is intended to be thrown a long distance, and, unless you have an extremely large garage, I suspect a spotlight might not be the best choice for a hand-held electric torch.
posted 12-29-2011 11:18 AM ET (US)
I was given a Streamlight "Waypoint" (streamlight.com) from a family member for Christmas. It is not rechargable, but operates on either C batteries or you can plug it in to a 12v accessory outlet. I love this LED light and use it every night on the farm. It is super bright, stingy with batteries, has low and high powers, strobe and armored at the lens. You would be shocked at how bright this light really is. Great for the boat as the beam is long distance and very focused.
posted 12-29-2011 12:31 PM ET (US)
[Explained the meaning of several foreign language words that he used in his initial article, but I have replaced those foreign language words with their English equivalents already.--jimh]
I used the same handheld spot light I got for night boating for spotting the dogs when I let them out at night or kids trying to egg our house.
My standard array of battery powered lights includes - Pelican LED, two AAs, Maglight - 3 D cells in console, Petzel headlight - three LEDs, and one red - double lenses - awesome and if night fishing - Black Diamond Apollo, super awesome and should win design awards.
I need a new high powered spotlight to throw a long beam out and for spotting buoys. I appreciate recommendations.
Best to all.
posted 12-29-2011 12:35 PM ET (US)
[The Apollo latern shown in the page that results if you cut and past the URL mentioned below] is incredible--best lantern ever and amazing how it is incredibly stable on console at helm, on seats, deck, whereever. Folds up, tough, LED so long run time and I think there's an option for rechargeable battery pack. Plus it has dimmer feature and lots of O-rings.
posted 12-29-2011 03:20 PM ET (US)
If you have access to a 12v outlet, I'd go with a GoLight. I have a radio ray model and it is a fantastic light...durable, really bright, and a narrowly focused beam. Much better than any rechargeable spotlight that I've used and I got mine for $10 at a garage sale!
The Black Diamond lantern that Pete mentions is awesome, as are the Petzl headlamps, but they aren't really spotlights.
posted 12-30-2011 12:24 PM ET (US)
I don't understand your recommendation of the lantern. It does not appear to be any sort of a spotlight. Typically a spotlight is intended to focus and throw a beam of light onto a confined area. The lantern looks like it tries to light up a room.
Perhaps you are really seeking a searchlight. Perko makes quite a variety
For finding objects like a buoy in darkness I have found that a simple flashlight with a variable focus, like a MAGLITE, is a good device.
posted 01-01-2012 01:59 AM ET (US)
I simply listed the battery powered lights I have on my boat with me most of the time - or when camping, hiking or assorted adventures. Lanterns do not throw light beams - but that little lantern is fantastic and I field test the guts out of most of my stuff.
Just trying to share the love...
posted 01-01-2012 02:03 AM ET (US)
In addition - some throw beams like a search light, others (like my head lamps) are great for running at night, working on something, fishing or even loading the boat and preparing it for hauling after dark. The Petzel Tikka something that I prefer has a red light which is great for running in the dark and reading instruments and more.
I don't want to mount anything on my Outrage 17 but appreciate the advice - maybe for a future boat w/ cuddy.
posted 01-01-2012 11:06 AM ET (US)
On more than one occasion I have been forced to navigate in darkness and search for buoys using a lamp to illuminate them. In my experience, a small flashlight like a MAGLITE worked better than a big handheld spot light. The big hand held spotlight throws much more light, but it also creates too much light around the boat, which tends to spoil the pilot's night vision. In comparison, a small MAGLITE flashlight taken forward to the bow will provide plenty of light to illuminate a buoy without harming the night vision of the pilot.
Many buoys contain a reflective strip that will reflect a very high percentage of the light that hits them, and when they are illuminated, even with the light from a small flashlight, the buoy become very visible--as long as you still have your night vision.
The last thing you want to use for finding buoys in the dark is a lantern that throws light all round the boat. Such a lamp will ruin your night vision and not cast much light to the buoys.
Pete--I do not understand why a lantern would be prized for its O-rings. Can you explain your mention of O-rings with the lantern you mentioned? I don't see where an O-ring comes into play with a flashlight or lantern.
posted 01-01-2012 11:21 AM ET (US)
Using a rechargeable battery is a necessity for devices that are in constant use. For example, the laptop computer I am using has a rechargeable battery, and it would be impossible to operate the laptop without the recharging feature. But the laptop has a much higher duty factor than a flashlight. I use the laptop several hours each day. I use the flashlight on my boat perhaps a minute a day, and only on the days I am operating the boat during darkness. Also, on the boat there is no source of 120-VAC to operate the charger. The boat operates primarily completely independent of 120-VAC. On this basis, I don't see that having a flashlight with a battery that can be recharged is particularly necessary, and, in fact, it is really unnecessary for my boating habits.
posted 01-01-2012 11:47 AM ET (US)
Jim, the point about glare you mentioned is very important. I've found that the best place to mount a spotlight is on the apex of the bow rail. This eliminates glare but necessitates a remote controlled spotlight.
If a spotlight is used only on a small boat, I don't see the need for a battery at all. My GoLight has a 10' 12v power cable and I can use it any place on my 22 foot boat without the hassle of making sure batteries are charged or fresh.
posted 01-01-2012 02:34 PM ET (US)
Pete's first article says:
Pete gives another good reason to avoid rechargeable flashlights:
--they wear out or "die" and cannot be easily fixed
--their battery cannot be replaced
I have a couple of MAGLITE flashlights that are over 20-years old. They have gone through many batteries, simple AA batteries that are very inexpensive, and I have replaced the miniature electric lightbulb in the flashlight a few times. They still work fine. I suspect that 20-years from now it will be unlikely that any rechargeable spotlight will still be working and its battery still be good or available for replacement. I think simple is better, and on a small boat you cannot get much simpler than a MAGLITE flashlight running off quality AA batteries.
posted 01-01-2012 05:31 PM ET (US)
I'm liking the LED Maglite at this time. I have 3 of different vintage that use AA batteries. The newest Maglites are an improvement on the oldest ones. Batteries last longer and have not had to replace the little bulbs.
A D cell model would be interesting to try out.
posted 01-02-2012 12:27 AM ET (US)
O-rings - Maglites have a couple of O-rings, I think my Pelican has o-rings, my four or five (mostly two AA cell) Maglites have o-rings, the Black Diamond lantern (AA powered) is designed by rock climbers for rugged use and has o-rings - I think o-rings are used to keep out moisture. In fact, I think the Pelican is water proof, has rubberized on/off button but I would have to double check the lens and collar to make sure. That Pelican has been (AA power) incredible. I know the Petzel has rubber gaskets too.
I appreciate the comments about rechargeable hand held spotlight - the two I have had did not have replaceable batteries. All my other lights and many of my cameras and pro stuff have AAs, all rechargeable. In fact, my fishin' pal who is a battery engineer sent me a box of AAs (Sanyo) which have been great. When on serious mission I keep spares charged up at all times.
As regards the hand held rechargeable spotlight, I'm still on the hunt and will go super cheap or stretch if I can replace the batteries. I like a big beam spot light, my thing - used to have cop car spotlights on my cars back in HS days. I too have used Mags and small ones to spot buoy reflective tape but around here you need more light to spot the buoys, especially no wake bouys in Spring Lake and up the Grand River. PLUS I like scanning for sweepers, I just hold the light high over my head or give it to a passenger forward. The only time ambient light is a problem is if it reflects off the interior hull - holding it high enough works great.
posted 01-02-2012 11:20 PM ET (US)
If price is not a concern...
posted 01-03-2012 02:07 AM ET (US)
AA maglites with 1W LED bulbs are great for small and bright.
I have three or four of them, but not on the boat. Maglights
are only splashproof at best, not waterproof.
The Pelican lights I've dealt with are serious waterproof
What I have on the boat is an Ikelite mini-C. Four C cells.
But all of the above are a dim candle compared to:
BTW, if you just want a really narrow beam for spotting
posted 01-09-2012 10:49 PM ET (US)
Sweet Chuck, a bit spendy for my use but if I ever get into diving....
posted 01-10-2012 09:23 AM ET (US)
I second Litnin's comment about the Streamlight. I was given one for Christmas and like the fact that it can be plugged into an accessory outlet or run on traditional C cell batteries. I have been trying it out around the house (outside) and the light from the LED is focused and very bright. I think I could easily spot buoys from 1/4 mile out, maybe more. It has the 3 modes that Litnin referenced, HI/LO/STROBE. The model I was given is "LED3M-WPG".
posted 01-10-2012 11:12 AM ET (US)
Right on Robert. I'm a "flashlight guy" and it is certainly a top tier light. I have yet to show it to anyone who did not say "WOW, I want one".
posted 01-10-2012 09:52 PM ET (US)
I have both of these and I am impressed with both of them
Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight
posted 01-11-2012 12:50 AM ET (US)
SEarched on line for that model did not find the exact one but did find lots from that manufacturer and Pelican. The fireman model seems real interesting, Pelican makes several and Streamlight makes some too. Does anyone have the fireman model?? I'd like to see one.
posted 01-11-2012 01:28 AM ET (US)
RobP - that one looks real good. I might jump on it if I can get reachargable C cells. Thanks!!
posted 01-11-2012 06:18 AM ET (US)
The Stanley Light is rechargable and waterproof
Sorry I goofed on the link above
posted 01-11-2012 06:35 AM ET (US)
Pete are you talking about the Pelican Fire Box Series?
I used these back when I was a volunteer firefighter. Very good light, sturdy and can throw a bright light. Not waterproof but water resistant (IPX4 I believe). You can get a vehicle charging station for them.
I would use the SL-20XP series in my personal vehicle with a 12v plug charger.
You really can't go wrong with Streamlights if your willing to spend the $
posted 01-11-2012 10:00 AM ET (US)
We mounted these to our vehicle mounted machine guns in Iraq. Hands down the brightest light I have have used. You can identify individuals out to about 600 Yds. Puts out 3,000 lumens and can run off of a 12V cigarette lighter outlet or rechargeable batteries. One of our vehicles rolled down a ditch, ripped the turret off of it, everyone was fine and so was the hellfighter. Still worked even thought it had gotten smushed like a pancake, simply incrediable.
posted 01-12-2012 08:54 PM ET (US)
soul -- - Awesome. Thanks for your service and the link to something way cool
posted 01-12-2012 09:03 PM ET (US)
As long as hand-held and re-chargeable are no long required criterea, then I vote for these:
posted 01-12-2012 10:50 PM ET (US)
posted 01-12-2012 11:38 PM ET (US)
I think we need a bigger boat
posted 01-13-2012 09:22 AM ET (US)
Without the criterion of being hand-held, I think the lamp shown in RidgeRunner's linked video is clearly the brightest and best choice. It may be a bit awkward for use around the house, where the smoke could be objectionable, but on the boat the smoke should not be as much of a problem, making that the best spotlight choice.
posted 01-13-2012 01:37 PM ET (US)
But, but, but, but they're not LEDeeeeeeesssss!!!!
posted 01-13-2012 11:06 PM ET (US)
Meh, I'll see your gigantic kleig light and raise you a handheld Maxabeam ( http://www.peakbeam.com/ ).
I have a friend who owns one and it is indescribably bright and the throw is incredible. It also costs about $2500.00 (similar to the Surefire HellFire weapon lights).
I have a Havis-Shields HID spotlight that is plenty-bright and will throw about a mile, more than adequate for recreational boating use. It is 12V and corded.
I would avoid a rechargeable light system.
I also have a half-dozen Surefire flashlights, my favorite (and everyday carry) being the E2L.
posted 01-14-2012 08:35 AM ET (US)
While on our trip to Isle Royal, while sitting in the dark with no ambient light, Dave Pendleton, Buckda, and I discussed flashlights, Dave Pendleton says his wife thinks he's a "Light-a-holic".....I think he's a co-dependent Light-a-holic & Gadget-a-holic......that being said he know's his stuff!!!
posted 01-14-2012 09:52 AM ET (US)
I was ordering a book from Amazon and needed to add a few dollars to the purchase to get free shipping--or that was my rationalization--so I ordered the DORCY 180 LUMEN HI FLUX LED CYBER LIGHT FLASHLIGHT.
My only gripe about the product is the lack of any indicator on how to install the batteries. Since the lamp is an LED you have to get the polarity correct, but I could not find any clear indicator for orienting the batteries. Of course, after two tries I got it working.
posted 01-14-2012 03:59 PM ET (US)
That looks like a nice light for $20.00. The beam shots are impressive. It's also nice that it uses AA batteries instead of 123A batteries like my lights. They can be expensive.
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