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Spotlights

Postby vincentpa » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:48 am

Does anyone know of a spotlight that actually functions after using it more than twice? The last two million candlepower spotlights I have owned have stopped working after 3 or 4 times of using it. I had one from WalMart and one from GAnder Mountain. I tried taking one apart but I couldn't find anything. Both of them would inexplicably start working again after a few days only to die everytime that I charged it. The pattern for both of them seemed to be to lose function after I charged it. Then they would start working again after a few days. Now, they both don't work. Has anyone had these same problems? Does anyone have any ideas what would be causing the problems? Any recommendations on a good spotlight?
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Re: Spotlights

Postby snapshotmd » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:53 pm

My hunting buddy has this. Very bright and seems durable.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-10-Watt-LED-Spotlight/21804432
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Re: Spotlights

Postby thebman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:53 pm

Optronics® Blue Eye Beam® 400,000 Candlepower Marine Hand-Held Spotlight
and a motorcycle battery... it will last for YEARS.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby mudpack » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:09 am

thebman wrote:Optronics® Blue Eye Beam® 400,000 Candlepower Marine Hand-Held Spotlight
and a motorcycle battery... it will last for YEARS.

:thumbsup:
This is the methodology I use, even if not the same spotlight. In fact, the spotlight I have been using for almost 15 seasons is a no-name, $8 Bargain Table Special from the local hardware store. ( okay, I did have to replace the ON-OFF switch about five years ago....)

I've not found a rechargeable spotlight that lasted more than 2 seasons without failing. I have about five of them on a shelf in my shop right now: door nails. Sometimes I can fix them temporarily, but they never regain any semblance of reliability. Twelve volt plug-in lights just seem so much more durable.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby vincentpa » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:34 am

I'm looking for a handheld unit that I can stash in my layout boat, which is tight. The light has to be small-ish. The battery would have to be contained in the unit or else I lose the compactness for tight spaces in my boat.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby aunt betty » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:39 am

I put headlights on my boat for about half the cost of a good spotlight.
Went to a farm store and bought an auxiliary light kit for a tractor.
$20 and I'm no longer driving with one hand while I hold the spotlight with the other one until my shoulder goes numb.

As an after thought I built a plywood box that surrounds the lights. Keeps people from getting burned and helps keep branches from smacking the lights. Best $20 I ever spent.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby aunt betty » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:41 am

vincentpa wrote:I'm looking for a handheld unit that I can stash in my layout boat, which is tight. The light has to be small-ish. The battery would have to be contained in the unit or else I lose the compactness for tight spaces in my boat.


The best light I ever used in my layout boat was the one that came with my 18 volt DeWalt saw/sawzall/drill/light kit.
The 18 volt battery lasts quite a while. Used it a lot for frog gigging and duck hunting. Then got a bigger boat. I'll still use that 18 volt spotlight from time to time. The battery cost is HIGH but once you are set up. You're good to go.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby mudpack » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:30 pm

aunt betty wrote:[The best light I ever used in my layout boat was the one that came with my 18 volt DeWalt saw/sawzall/drill/light kit.


If you must have a rechargeable, that sure sounds like the way to go.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby apexhunter » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:50 pm

On another thread with a similar topic one guy said he used a wheelchair battery to power lights in a small boat. They are deep cycle to last longer from constant dischargeing & recharging and they are fairly compact compared to even a 24 size battery. Get one of those and a good spotlight and you should be good to go.

For a light I have a 70,000cp RAM ATV spotlight that is rubber encased and durable as heck...mine is 8+ years old and is going strong. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Auto-ATV ... t104194080 If the link doesn't work go to Cabelas.com, click on Auto & ATV then ATV UTV accessories then ATV accessories and look for the light.
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Re: Spotlights

Postby Duramax0530 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:52 pm

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