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Old 22-08-2013, 21:57   #31
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Re: Best Handheld Spotlights. What do you recommend?

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Well put noelex 77. There are a lot of hobbyists that roll there own, I bought mine from a guy in Oregon.

This hobbyist manage to keep somewhat of a tight beam on this monster creation.


This was his test of a commercially built 2500 lumen spot type.


Compared to his creation.
Now that is a retina roaster! I want one! How much $ ?
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Old 22-08-2013, 22:23   #32
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Now that is a retina roaster! I want one! How much $ ?
I think those cree emitters run about $35 X 8 = $280. Then the billet and machining plus the lithium batteries, don't know what he would sell it for.
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I think those cree emitters run about $35 X 8 = $280. Then the billet and machining plus the lithium batteries, don't know what he would sell it for.
Well, you know as soon as China get ahold of the idea, we'll see them in Harbor freight for $19.95
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Well, you know as soon as China get ahold of the idea, we'll see them in Harbor freight for $19.95
Amazon.com: 10000 lumen flashlight
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Here in the tropics the heat humidity and salt air is hell on switches and contact points. Ive been through lots of lights that fail in this department quite soon. For years now, I have favored MagLite 3 x D cell LED flashlights. Nothing else Ive tried holds up like they do. I have several on the boat and at the house. Not technically a spot, but a good bright light w an adjustable beam.

IMHO, these mega lumen spots are not very practical...lots of blinding back scatter if used from deck level. I have not used anything more than a good flashlight in many years.
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Re: Best Handheld Spotlights. What do you recommend?

i have plug in led flashlights--some actually have aa wide beam and those ar great for on deck lighting things in darkness for cheap. plug into 110, is only problem.
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Old 23-08-2013, 12:57   #37
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Re: Best Handheld Spotlights. What do you Recommend?

Not hand held, but I use a coast HL7 headlamp with a bright 196 lumen led. Adjustable focus and tilt, plus variable brightness. Keeps the hands free too.

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Re: Best Handheld Spotlights. What do you Recommend?

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Here in the tropics the heat humidity and salt air is hell on switches and contact points. Ive been through lots of lights that fail in this department quite soon. For years now, I have favored MagLite 3 x D cell LED flashlights. Nothing else Ive tried holds up like they do. I have several on the boat and at the house. Not technically a spot, but a good bright light w an adjustable beam.

IMHO, these mega lumen spots are not very practical...lots of blinding back scatter if used from deck level. I have not used anything more than a good flashlight in many years.
For ultimate resistance to humidity I use dive lights. I have lights that I've owned for years and had as deep as 300' and still work like new. Of course don't have the lumens or burn time of the new LED lights but still working. I found one diving a few weeks ago that must have been underwater for a year. It was completely covered with algae. New batteries and it worked perfectly.
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What are some of the best 12 volt hand held spotlights?
Impact resistant, water resistant/waterproof, candlepower etc.
So.

What did you end up deciding on?

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So.

What did you end up deciding on?

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I bought 2, both on separate dates at the local marine chandlery.
I ended up returning them, they were garbage, 1 million candlepower of melted wax.
I'm currently without a spotlight.
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I bought 2, both on separate dates at the local marine chandlery.
I ended up returning them, they were garbage, 1 million candlepower of melted wax.
I'm currently without a spotlight.

RC wireless is the way to go. Easy install. Handheld is never where you need it when you need it, PITA and/or expensive to keep charge/batteries in, etc. These run on ships power, always at max brightness, controls right next to the helm.


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I bought 2, both on separate dates at the local marine chandlery.
I ended up returning them, they were garbage, 1 million candlepower of melted wax.
I'm currently without a spotlight.
We are a live aboard and I buy the cheap ones to Low's as would much rathr have multi/several with in easy access than one expensive one. We have on in the maste stateroom, Stairs going up to the salon, the stairs going up to the pilot house, the pilot house, and the back deck. If one does not work there is another on close by.
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Re: Best Handheld Spotlights. What do you Recommend?

go to ace hardware and buy store brand rechargeable spotlight. they work and are not pricey.
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I bought 2, both on separate dates at the local marine chandlery.
I ended up returning them, they were garbage, 1 million candlepower of melted wax.
I'm currently without a spotlight.
Bummer.

1 million in LEDs will get pretty hot.
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Not hand held, but I use a coast HL7 headlamp with a bright 196 lumen led. Adjustable focus and tilt, plus variable brightness. Keeps the hands free too. . .
Ditto on the Headlamp! except mine is a Black Diamond with three LEDs providing narrow and wide beam settings...can't say it's the best cuz I didn't research... Xmas gift, my daughter is well trained!
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