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Old 04-04-2019, 16:41   #1
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Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I need to replace my old corded incandescent spotlight. I want something decently bright. Rather than try to pick something off Amazon that may or may not be appropriate I thought I'd ask what others are using. TIA.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I bought a couple of 12 volt Led spot lights for my boat to put on the spreaders,
I used them on my RV instead, They drown out the Halogen headlights high beam,
They were 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall, $15-00 USD each and free delivery from Fleabay.com from China,
But I will be buying a hand held Spot light in the future, Led spotlights throw out an incredible amount of light, And from China very cheap, With free delivery, Takes two or thee weeks to get here,
Leds also use less power to run,
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

Harbor Freight sells one.


https://www.harborfreight.com/3-watt...ght-61777.html


We've had ours a year or so and is working fine.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I bought a Dr LED hand held rechargeable from defender. Love it so far after 5 years. Got it from defender.

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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I have a high powered pocket size LED torch I love. Waterproof, rechargeable.

At full power it is much brighter with a longer throw than any of the handheld spotlights I have compared against. And at lower brightness, perfect for day to day use.

More expensive than many spotlights, but well worth it I think.

The exact model I have is no longer sold, but is similar to this one.

ThruNite TC20 3800 Lumen Flashlight - ThruNite Official Store

You can also get much more powerful models with much longer range, but they no longer fit in your pocket easily.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I had bought what I thought was a powerful 2 million candle light spotlight to replace a sold one. So one night at anchor I took it out to test it. It light up the shore pretty good and I was happy with my purchase, that is until my buddy says ‘oh ya, that’s cute’and pulled a small flashlight out of his pocket and proceeded to drown my spotlight out and light up the entire anchorage. Pretty sure it was one of these
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He said his was around $100 cnd (so like $30 usd? Lol) and the battery was going on two years at the time. I have yet to buy one but it is on my to do list.
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I had bought what I thought was a powerful 2 million candle light spotlight to replace a sold one. So one night at anchor I took it out to test it. It light up the shore pretty good and I was happy with my purchase, that is until my buddy says ‘oh ya, that’s cute’and pulled a small flashlight out of his pocket and proceeded to drown my spotlight out and light up the entire anchorage. Pretty sure it was one of these
Fenixlight Limited

He said his was around $100 cnd (so like $30 usd? Lol) and the battery was going on two years at the time. I have yet to buy one but it is on my to do list.

There's a reason they are called "flashlights", not "spotlights"
How many hours of use over those two years?


The advantage of big spotlights is the size of the battery. Using a flashlight for picking your way through lobster pots etc for a few hours will eat the battery.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

Most handheld searchlights/spotlights are useless on a boat because the beam is too wide. Stray light bounces off the deck and sails ruining your night vision. This light from Marinebeam uses a patented technology to focus the light into a tight beam. Lets you stand at the helm and pick out buoys at astonishing distances. No recharging. The standard D batteries last for years. Not cheap but it’s my goto light on my boat.

https://store.marinebeam.com/marineb...or-flashlight/
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There's a reason they are called "flashlights", not "spotlights"
How many hours of use over those two years?


The advantage of big spotlights is the size of the battery. Using a flashlight for picking your way through lobster pots etc for a few hours will eat the battery.
He uses it a lot. It’s led so it’s not like old mag lights that had a 2 hour lifespan. You can also buy the rechargeable battery and connect it to your house bank via USB for more or less unlimited time. If It put my spotlight to shame. And spotlights shouldn’t have batteries, they should have a dc plug in and decent length of cord.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I just bought one of these, Led Lights are incredible with the light they put out,
Rechargable Inbuilt lithium battery,
500 metre spot light beam,
work light on the side,
Minimum 10 hour battery cycle on full beam,
Water proof,
Comes with charging cables,
No cords to get tangled,
Fleabay.com, Free delivery, From China, $12-00 USD,
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

Princeton Tec Adventure Pack LED dive lights
-1 hi/low spotlight (usually is in the car)
-1 handheld (usually in the house)
-1 mini flare (stays in dive bag)

Useful around the house too but not rechargeable. All have wrist straps or lanyards. Good battery life and good service if something breaks.


Rechargeable: Stanley Sat3S rechargeable LED, various settings and mounting options. I found an older one at a secondhand store and it works great.
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West Marine Brand - best I've had so far. LED rechargeable. caught it on sale for around $50.
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...76?recordNum=1
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

I like this one:
ThruNite Catapult V6 ($74.99 us on Amazon)

Someone earlier had recommended a TruNight, but it was one with less "throw" (beam distance). I have both a floodlight and a spotlight each light is great for its' intended purpose. I've found that the run times have exceeded the usage I've needed in one night, and you could always carry spare rechargeables.
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Re: Rechargeable handheld LED spotlight

Thing about LED rechargeable. When they run low on power they just go out. No warning. I dislike that feature a lot.

I have the WM and it's ok but the beam really is too wide which throws a lot of light where you don't want it. Maybe I'll look at the one mentioned above
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Thing about LED rechargeable. When they run low on power they just go out. No warning. I dislike that feature a lot.

I have the WM and it's ok but the beam really is too wide which throws a lot of light where you don't want it. Maybe I'll look at the one mentioned above
I find it to be a happy median. I like the wider beam when working into an anchorage. But, a narrower beam is nice when trying to pick out markers in a channel. This one has worked for both scenarios but not perfect as your night vision takes a hit from the reflection off the boat.

In the later case I get someone to go to the bow with the light or raise the light way above my head.

I suppose the cats meow would be a spot light that you could adjust the beam width and has 1300 lumens or better.

I often toy with the idea of putting an LED spot light at the top of the mast to help illuminate channel markers. Some of the ones I've seen are compact enough to do this, I'm just not sure they are bright enough.
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