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Super bright light, awesome!
on October 23, 2013
I have a 5 acre lot, and needed a good spotlight for looking at my yard at night. I had been using my makita rechargeable flashlight that came with my screw driver/drill set. it was ok, but not bright enough to find my dog even at 300 feet... unless she was looking at me and her eyes reflected. So a replacement was on the list!
I first tried the Cyclops 9w 3x LED spotlight. It was pretty much the same as my makita light, just whiter since it was LED and a little more focused. At 300 feet -- only a TAD brighter... not worth the money.
So, after some more research and looking at a flashlight message board, i figured I'd give this light a try. I got it 7 hours before it got dark, perfect for the 6 hour initial charge time (it indicated fully charged before that).
So, to the point: This light is AMAZING. I didn't know a single LED could produce that much light, and throw that far. At 300 feet, you can see very brightly and in detail. AT 500 feet, it still shines noticeable light, but i didn't look with binoculars to see how bright it really was. At 600 feet i shined it on my house and it was bright enough to squint from the reflection on the windows when the reflection hit me. There are trees at about 850 feet from where i was testing, and I could see my light shining on those without straining. Not super bright, but noticeable. The moon was fairly bright as well, so on a really dark night, it would probably be even more noticeable. There is a dim setting, which you almost HAVE to use if you are doing something up close... this review is based on bright setting, who cares about dim!?
If you are looking for an inexpensive spotlight, LED or otherwise, buy this. Time will tell how long the quality is good for, but this thing is crazy bright and throws extremely far. If you want something better, you are gonna spend way more money, and you may need an HID flashlight... which will eat your batteries. I have no tested battery life on this light yet. i only use it for a minute or so at a time.
--6 month update--
I've had this light for about 6 months now. I use it almost every single day to do a yard scan for creatures and such when I let my dogs out. Part of that is just because its fun. I still LOVE this spotlight and have found no real flaws. The only that might give me a reason to gripe is the trigger lock. The light has a trigger, not an "on off" switch -- which is actually perfect for 98% of the time i'm using it. Sometimes if i'm using while walking around (or setting it down to point at something), I use the trigger lock to keep the flashlight on. The trigger lock works well and keeps the light on, but it can be a little tricky to "lock" the flashlight on with one hand. Its more of a 2 hand trick because of the location of lock. no biggie, just a bit of issue if your other hand is full.
battery life has been GREAT. I generally use the light about 5 - 15 seconds at a time, multiple times a night... if there is something fun to look at (deer, coyotes, frogs, other beady little eyes), i'll have it on longer.. but I've charged the light less than once a month. I think I've charged it 4 times in 6 months (counting the initial charge after purchase). It may have only been 3 times, i'm not exactly sure. I'd say once every week or two i use the light for 5-15 minutes walking around my property, and on occasion for 20-30 minutes if i'm working on a project. When the battery level gets low, the green LED turns RED with plenty of warning to recharge. I've left it on red for days and still not had it die on me, or even dim. When I feel like it after the light turns red, i charge it overnight and let it go for another month or 2.
I love showing off this light when people visit. Guys always get a kick out of stuff like this, and i've recommended several friends purchase it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these if I had a need for another, or needed a good guy/gadgety gift for someone.