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Discussion in 'Accessories' started by watchmaker, Aug 3, 2007.
TORTURE TEST OF THE BOREALIS 1050 LUMENS TORCH, VIDEO.
Watchmaker, can you answer this question for me please?
I would appreciate a bit of information. I've got three double 3V Lithium tac lights that use the Xenon lamps. They're bright SOB's but they don't last long at all. I bought rechargeable batteries to help offset the cost but they're even worse for battery life. I'm only getting about 15 minutes with the rechargeables, probably twice that or more with throw aways. My question finally is how can a single LED tac light be as bright as a Xenon lamp? My lights are approximately 80 lumens and the LED's I'm seeing are equivalent to them and the battery life is over 10 hours! I've got some LED lights that aren't close to being that bright. Have they got a new type of LED now? How are they getting that kind of battery life out of those LED's as well as comparable brightness? They've got so many new products out there now and at these prices I'd like to know everything necessary before buying a new one. Any recommendations for a tactical size light would be appreciated, something that will fit on a picatinny rail system. Thanks very much!
The rechargeables last less time because they have half of the capacity (750 mah instead of 1500 mah)
The new Surefire 6PL (LED) will output a strong LED light BUT will not last the 11 hours that is advertised. At about four hours the output will be 50 %. Maybe 11 hours is to total darkness, and the LED's can glow for a long time.
How well the output will please you is another matter, LED's are notorious for poor throw and poor penetration in fog or smoke, especially if you want the range to be useable in a rifle.
For a rifle I will go with the Surefire Centurion III (incandescent) and the optional P-91 lamp for 200 lumens.
Of course the run time will be only 20 minutes, but in a rifle you switch the light much less than with a hand held tactical light.
My plans are to buy and review a couple of the new LED's lights with increased output, but I really don't expect much in the way of range.
My next post will review one of the small pocket/key chain lights
Thanks Watchmaker for your comments! Can you explain why a 3.0 V 1000mAh 123 battery will blow the Xenon lamp in a light that originally came with a 3.0 V 680mAh 123 battery? I was told by a battery dealer that I could put any size mAh into my flashlight as long as the voltage was identical. These batteries are all rechargeables. I blew one Xenon lamp and didn't try again. Did I get some bum info from the battery dealer?
They are some 123's rechargebles that have 3.7 volts. Check the markings in the battery, maybe you get one of them.
Otherwise it is not reason for the bulb to blow.
Maybe it was just the time that the bulb was at the end of his life, some bulbs have extremelly short life, like the Streamlight Scorpion at 5 hours.
Maybe someone touched the Bulb along the way. The oil in Skin can cause them to blow as well.
THE UTG BARREL MOUNT
For those wanting a barrel mount for a flashlight or laser, I have had good
results with the UTG barrel mount.
Initially purchased for an AK rifle, I found out that it can be mounted in
other rifle barrels, for example, it fits perfectly in a .22 rifle and also in
a Mini 14 I have.
It is a tri-rail mount with three Picattiny rails that will also accept Weaver
style rings. My model is the #2 mount which have two slots; the UTG is also
available with five slots that will accommodate the red dots scopes that are
in the market.
Picture of the UTG # 2
The UTG fully loaded with two TACM III tactical lights (one with a red filter)
and a laser.
The UTG is sold by Cheaper than Dirt and I imagine others places that cater to
tactical rifles. Just look in their catalogue in the AK accessories page.
VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE BY JAMES MAURER
ON THE BRIGHTEST LIGHTS IN THE WORLD
THAT YOU CAN GET OVER THE COUNTER.
THEY ARE ALL THERE
THE TORCH, THE POLARION, THE BOREALIS,
THE SUNFORCE, ETC.
READ IT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LIGHTS
http://www.jamesmaurer.com/worlds-brigh ... hlight.asp