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Posted: 12/26/2005 3:23:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 3:10:45 PM EDT by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]
Let's start off by saying that I have alway had an affinity for flashlights.

Recently, at www.candlepowerforums.com I discoved this big bad 35w HID sonofabitch:

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=93175

I decided I had to have it for some reason. It's one of those things that gets into your head that you realize is a stupid thing to buy, but the problem is that you obsess over the damn thing and eventually you come to the conclusion that you might well just go buy the damn thing because you are never going to get over it.

Well, I powered her up tonight , and swept the beam around.

Damn.

It lights up my back yard like daylight. It lights up my neighbors yard two doors down like daylight.

I can shine it at a house about a half mile away down in a valley and clearly light up the whole house, as well as their front and back yard. As well as the moderately sized hill in back of them in clear detail. I am sure they appreciate this polite gesture from afar.

There are powerlines somewhere between 3/4 and a mile away and I can CLEARLY light up the high tension towers. I can sweep it over some other hills a couple miles away and clearly light them up...being able to pick out some details that I know of in daylight.

Point it straight up? Major glare off the coulds as well as a sharp beacon all the way up.

Practical? No...not yet anyway. Fun? Yes. Loads of fun, for some psychotic reason.

I need a life.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:25:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:26:06 PM EDT
See if you can get de plane to land close
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:26:28 PM EDT
My only problem with that would be worrying about the bulb. How long will it last? How durable is it (will a simple bump blow it?)? How much does it cost to replace and where could one be bought?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:28:23 PM EDT
Now all you need is some sort of throw lever ARMS mount and rail system to attach that MoFo to your favorite evil black rifle.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:28:38 PM EDT
... I have one of those!

... I too like all things in the visible and invisible light spectrum.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:28:58 PM EDT
think i saw it used on an eposide of " dog, the bounty hunter"


it as bright..
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:29:21 PM EDT
Put it on your HD gun
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:30:40 PM EDT
Holy crap I need one of those!!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:32:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 3:32:41 PM EDT by mjohn3006]
At least no one can say that you're not very bright.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:32:08 PM EDT
You can contact the mother ship.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:32:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 3:32:40 PM EDT by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... I have one of those!

... I too like all things in the visible and invisible light spectrum.



I mean, DAMN! All I wanna do right now is piss off neighbors 1/2 to one mile a way as I make their yards visible with the naked eye.

I suppose it would be really stupid and really illegal to shine it on any aircraft that should happen to fly overhead, hmmmm?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:34:28 PM EDT
I have one of those. I call it the "cook birds in flight" light. works very well in the boat. You can get a replacement bulb for about 5 bucks at any marine supply store. The only problem I see with it is the weight.

I love Harbor Freight. Mine was on sale for 55$
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:34:34 PM EDT
I have one of the same things, but with a halogen bulb (100W) - $29 from Costco.

Now I wonder, can I get the HID bulb and its power supply and convert mine? ...
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:35:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:37:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 3:39:37 PM EDT by zipper]
Just don't plug it in on the boat,
On the way back from catfishin one night, I plugged in a 3mil light and blew every fuse in the boat, had to use a gum wrapper on a fuse to make it to the dock.

BTW: J/K on the aeroplane thing, do not pass go, do not collect $200

EDT: Must have just been my boat
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:38:19 PM EDT
I bought that exact same light for my stepfather's boat. It's pretty cool.

- rem
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:41:53 PM EDT
Tagged so I can look at the cool toy more later.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:42:47 PM EDT
Just remember that there are laws against just spotlighting game animals. Crap do I have to do 30 situps.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:43:30 PM EDT
Think of all the money you saved now that you can sell your guns, just tape one of these in front of it and shine it outside if you're in trouble.

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:43:39 PM EDT
going to harbor freight in the morning and check it out. You gettin' a commission?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:43:56 PM EDT
I may have to spring for one of those for the truck!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:46:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LoginName:
Now all you need is some sort of throw lever ARMS mount and rail system to attach that MoFo to your favorite evil black rifle.



YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!............run the wires to a "back pack" battery...............YEAH!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:47:58 PM EDT
I have one of the 10 Million CP models. Damn that thing is bright. Even has a "low beam". I figure it's just a standard headlight wired to a motorcycle battery. 30 million CP must be damn impressive.

I really wish they would start labeling those things in Lumens as Candlepower is not exactly a "real" measurement.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:48:05 PM EDT
I've used one to clear a large golf course at night from when a pursuit turned into a foot chase.

Buddy had his dog out, I was the light and another had the gun. I am very thankful mine came with a shoulder strap, golf courses are big!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:48:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 3:49:30 PM EDT by Stealth]
I'm thinking... home defense flashlight.


Or duct tape it to the handlebars of a mountain bike for some after hours downhill.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:48:38 PM EDT
You may want to call first. I THINK it is an internet only item...

Excuse me while I go scare my neighbors in the valley some more.


Originally Posted By johnthreesixteen:
going to harbor freight in the morning and check it out. You gettin' a commission?

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:53:39 PM EDT
yeah, I know about the lumens thing. Nifty thing about this one is that it is HID so the light is white, not "yellow" like you might find on most spotlights.


Originally Posted By PromptCritical:
I have one of the 10 Million CP models. Damn that thing is bright. Even has a "low beam". I figure it's just a standard headlight wired to a motorcycle battery. 30 million CP must be damn impressive.

I really wish they would start labeling those things in Lumens as Candlepower is not exactly a "real" measurement.

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:57:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:00:41 PM EDT
i need to get one of those...my q beam is a mere pussy 2,000,000 candle power

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:00:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2005 8:32:46 AM EDT by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]
Here's a comparison between the light I have on the left and a commonly available Thor 15mil. candlepower light with a halogen bulb on the right

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:01:04 PM EDT
how long does it last on a full charge?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:07:12 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:07:15 PM EDT
.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:10:25 PM EDT
BTW...the best I was able to find out on candlepowerforums site is that it is at around 3200 lumens.


Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
yeah, I know about the lumens thing. Nifty thing about this one is that it is HID so the light is white, not "yellow" like you might find on most spotlights.


Originally Posted By PromptCritical:
I have one of the 10 Million CP models. Damn that thing is bright. Even has a "low beam". I figure it's just a standard headlight wired to a motorcycle battery. 30 million CP must be damn impressive.

I really wish they would start labeling those things in Lumens as Candlepower is not exactly a "real" measurement.


Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:12:20 PM EDT
I seem to remember reading that it is good for 45min. to 1 hr. But once it starts to flicker, turn it off quick as it is bad for the bulb.


Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:
how long does it last on a full charge?

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:16:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:
Think of all the money you saved now that you can sell your guns, just tape one of these in front of it and shine it outside if you're in trouble.

www.hovis.cc/Misc_Images/bat_symbol.jpg






Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:16:42 PM EDT

It is also not good for the lead acid battery to go into deep discharge.

Cool light BTW.

Bob



Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
I seem to remember reading that it is good for 45min. to 1 hr. But once it starts to flicker, turn it off quick as it is bad for the bulb.


Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:
how long does it last on a full charge?


Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:21:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
You can get a replacement bulb for about 5 bucks at any marine supply store.

Is that right? $5 for a bulb that will make that much light?

What type of bulb is it?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:37:41 PM EDT
Does it kick when you turn it on?, Is it loud?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:45:49 PM EDT
well its less than 1/10th the price a a maxabeam portable searchlight. and that thing only has 6mill candelpower. so its a deal i guess..


maxabeam..



basic unit only 2895.00

deluxe is 3995.00

maxabeam
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:49:41 PM EDT
I have a 15 million candlepower one I got from costco for 29.95$...if that thing is truely twice as bright, Christ almighty. 15 million is awesome enough as is, it still projects a beam on a treeline 600 yards away and lights up everything in between.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:51:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 4:52:21 PM EDT by DukeSnookems]

Originally Posted By st0newall:
well its less than 1/10th the price a a maxabeam portable searchlight. and that thing only has 6mill candelpower. so its a deal i guess..


maxabeam..

www.probuy.net/shops/probuytest/images/archives/mb.jpg

basic unit only 2895.00

deluxe is 3995.00

maxabeam



Candlepower is a misleading and often abused metric. It's like looking only at psi when buying compressors, it doesn't tell you anything about your total output.

The maxabeams are pricey but pretty nice, used to have one at my old job.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:53:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:

Originally Posted By st0newall:
well its less than 1/10th the price a a maxabeam portable searchlight. and that thing only has 6mill candelpower. so its a deal i guess..


maxabeam..

www.probuy.net/shops/probuytest/images/archives/mb.jpg

basic unit only 2895.00

deluxe is 3995.00

maxabeam



Candlepower is a misleading and often abused metric. It's like lookin only at psi when buying compressors.

The maxabeams are pricey but pretty nice, used to have one at my old job.



i'd love to have one. its what you see in the movies. fire and rescue i guess are only other places that can afford them. 3k for a light is a LOT of money.....

several years ago when they first appeared brigade quatermasters (near me) was selling them for around 1600 i think...
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:03:34 PM EDT
just bought one for the shit/giggle factor
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:05:57 PM EDT
Tag
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:24:33 PM EDT
I think you're looking at AT LEAST $50 for a HID replacement bulb.

I could be wrong.



Originally Posted By oneSoneK:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
You can get a replacement bulb for about 5 bucks at any marine supply store.

Is that right? $5 for a bulb that will make that much light?

What type of bulb is it?

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:29:50 PM EDT
You can use one for night hunting assmonkeys.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:37:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Trumpet:
Put it on your HD gun



Been there done that --2/3 of the way down and yes I did actually fire 30 rounds --does wonders for recoil and muzzle rise .

archive.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=8&f=14&t=198041&page=2

it is only the 10 million cp version but it is now only like 29.99 and the upgraded 15 mil cp is 49.95. and yes you can illuminate aircraft w/ it. I dont recomend illuminating police helos unless you want to see what they call the "night sun" up close and personal.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:42:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
I think you're looking at AT LEAST $50 for a HID replacement bulb.

I could be wrong.



Originally Posted By oneSoneK:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
You can get a replacement bulb for about 5 bucks at any marine supply store.

Is that right? $5 for a bulb that will make that much light?

What type of bulb is it?


Alright, you two have to duke it out and find out who's right. Let's get ready to rumble, ding ding ding.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 5:43:57 PM EDT
Holy Sheet Good mother of lights
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