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18 people found this helpful
on February 26, 2011
I run a paranormal investigation group in Portland, OR and currently use the SIMA SL-20IR (3 of them), a Sony HVL-IRM and a Sony HVL-IRH2. The best light of all for illumination is the SIMA but with a short battery life (~45 minutes) and a brutal recharge time (~3 hours) they aren't very practical. Both Sony lights and the Phantom give off either a square or round beam of IR light whereas the SIMA is more of a flood light that illuminates the entire area. However, with the battery issues I was looking for a decent light that would do the job.
The Phantom runs on a 9-volt with approximately a 12 hour life making it ideal. It is very light and smaller than I expected which is nice. It does emit a round beam of light but is bright in zero light conditions. I'm still hoping someone can make a light as good as the SIMA but with the battery life of the Phantom or Sony lights.
I own 3 SIMA lights which adds up to around $110 but all three came with a bracket. I ordered the Phantom Lite with a bracket and it came to around $80 so it does save you some money in the long run, just doesn't give you as good illumination as the SIMA's. So if you want to avoid swapping out lights and constantly charging them, the Phantom is a good choice overall. I personally would like to see the Phantom ship WITH a bracket for around $60 but that's just wishful thinking. I would have given the light 5 stars if it shipped with a bracket and the beam of light was more flood light than spot light.
A demo of this light can be seen on YouTube under the channel name PortlandGhosts.