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Posted: 5/20/2005 11:27:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 11:45:45 AM EDT by 223-Buckaroo]
I just picked up a Dorcy Spyder Tactical Flashlight at Lowe's, of all places.

It was $19.99, and came with a holster and 2 CR123 batteries. The little sucker is BRIGHT, and the on/off switch is in the tail cap, so you could easily use it along with a CCW pistol. Not a bad deal....






Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:24:23 PM EDT
Damn, I just googled my Lowes here in Yuma and it looks like they are not carrying it......
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:31:29 PM EDT
Fuck, the batteries cost that much-just about.

I have an Inova LED that takes the CR123 batteries and they're $12.99 for 2 at Walgreens.

So, I guess you got a decent deal.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:34:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:36:17 PM EDT
I'll check into that.

Thank you.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:38:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 12:39:26 PM EDT by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By gamesniper:
Fuck, the batteries cost that much-just about.

I have an Inova LED that takes the CR123 batteries and they're $12.99 for 2 at Walgreens.

So, I guess you got a decent deal.




If you are paying $12.99 for 2 batteries, you are getting ripped off


Surefire sells them directly for $1.25 per battery, and they are arguably better than duracell or any other brand (especially for high drain lights)
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:42:01 PM EDT
Any idea how the Dorcy would compare to the least expensive Surefire?????
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:47:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AZMAN-1:

Any idea how the Dorcy would compare to the least expensive Surefire?????



FWIW - I've never seen a Dorcy product in my life that wasn't pretty cheap & crappy, but I haven't seen this light.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:47:21 PM EDT
Fortunately, I haven't had to replace the batteries in my Inova yet. It gets little use, even though I carry it whenever I use my CCW fannypack. I bought the light 2 years ago and it still has the original batteries that came with it in it.

I just noticed the price when I was at Walgreen's getting batteries for my OKO reflex sight. (Now those are cheap at Walgreen's)

I rarely use the Inova because I'm the same way with Maglites as I am with knives-I have more than any 3 guys need.

Now if Maglite just came out with a momentary switch for their 2@AA lights, I'd be set.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:49:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

Originally Posted By gamesniper:
Fuck, the batteries cost that much-just about.

I have an Inova LED that takes the CR123 batteries and they're $12.99 for 2 at Walgreens.

So, I guess you got a decent deal.



buy them in bulk from surefire or ebay. i have seen them as low as 1.25 each.





Botach also occasionally has them for ~$1/ea.


FYI, many people have had no luck with buying stuff from Botach.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:49:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AZMAN-1:
Any idea how the Dorcy would compare to the least expensive Surefire?????



Beam isn't as well shaped. Button sucks compared to the G2.

Bottom line - for a few bucks more get the G2.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:55:56 PM EDT
The Dorcy claims 120 Lumens and $34.00 surefire is 60 lumens but the more expensive Surefires are 120 lumens and up.
I'll try the dorcy out for the price but I still want a Surefire as well(get both)
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:57:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/20/2005 12:59:19 PM EDT by Luxan]
www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/dorcy_spyder.htm

WOW Great little light for the money! You definately found a killer deal. Not the most durable but just look at the review and how much light it puts out for that price you paid!

Review Date ............................. November 2003
Case Material ........................... Anodized Aluminum, Rubber Grips
Case Features ..........................
Case Access Type .................... Unscrew tailcap for battery change
Switch Type ............................. "Reverse" click switch - turns on after release
Reflector Type ......................... Smooth (aluminum?)
Lens Type ................................ Clear Plastic

Bulb Type ................................. 4.8V, 1.22A xenon BI-pin
Beam Type ............................... Spot to flood adjustable
Beam Characteristics ............... Oval smooth spot, artifacts appear as it's adjusted to flood
Throw (Lux) (click for description) ~ 4506 at beam center. (67.13 Comparison Chart equivalent)
Overall Output (click for description) ~ 6100 (61.00 Comparison Chart equivalent)
Battery / Power Type................ 2 x 123A lithium cells
Battery Life (advertised) ........... 1 hours
Environmental Protection ......... o-ring seals
Special Items of Note ............... Includes batteries and belt sheath
Warranty .................................. Limited lifetime
Retail Cost ................................ ~$27.00 US$ for a PAIR at Costco

review says it can not be used as a momentary switch. Either on or off though.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 12:57:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By timdog68:
The Dorcy claims 120 Lumens and $34.00 surefire is 60 lumens but the more expensive Surefires are 120 lumens and up.
I'll try the dorcy out for the price but I still want a Surefire as well(get both)




You can get a 120 lumen bulb and keep your 60 as a spare.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:02:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:09:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

you won't touch a surefire 120lumen light for 50.00 though. closer to 100+




Surefire G2 - I can get for $28 or so from BrightFlashlights.

I think I paid $20 for a 120 lumen P61 lamp. Total is now $48 - plus I have the P60 as a spare.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:31:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Surefire sells them directly for $1.25 per battery, and they are arguably better than duracell or any other brand (especially for high drain lights)



General concensus is that they're repackaged Energizers...which finished at the bottom of the heap when measured at high drain (2 amps).


(Source: Candlepower Forums 123 Battery Shootout)
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:36:17 PM EDT



That chart shows SF batteries ranking 4th, out of 8. The energizers finished last, yet you say they're repackaged energizers?



Help a brutha understand mang!
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 1:38:01 PM EDT
I and a friend have ordered many times from Botach and have had no problems at all, I got real Glock high caps for fifteen-dollars and a couple of Streamlight Scorpions for $25 each and the batteries were $17.50 for a pack of 20 Sanyos. I have full confidence in them and have always received what I ordered on time.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 11:44:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
That chart shows SF batteries ranking 4th, out of 8. The energizers finished last, yet you say they're repackaged energizers?
Help a brutha understand mang!



The chart shows the SF batteries finishing 7th out of 8th (at 1.048 AH), with the Energizers bringing up the rear (at 0.956 AH). The order in which the batteries are listed on the chart has nothing to do with their ranking.
Link Posted: 5/20/2005 11:54:59 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/21/2005 4:21:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:


That chart shows SF batteries ranking 4th, out of 8. The energizers finished last, yet you say they're repackaged energizers?




For one thing - that test isn't valid for how I use my flashlights.


I don't turn them on and leave them on - overheating won't be an issue for my use.
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