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Old 10-06-2008, 11:01 AM
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Default Best marine grade spotlight

I have gone through about 3 vector spotlights over the past few years and I am sick of replacing them. What is the best coordless marine spotlight that will last for a while. I like what I have read about the Pelican M13 rechargeable 6050 but i dont know if it is a quality light. Thanks in advance for your insight.
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Check out Golight. You can use it as a handheld or temporarily mount it an use the wired or wireless remote depending on the model you get. I have one and think its one of the best accesories I have purchased for the boat. Scroll down to portable searchlights. BW carries the wired remote one if you want to look at one in person. I have my quich release mount on my t-top or you can just hold it like a handheld. If you get one, mount the quick release plate to your bow or on your t-top (if you have one) but back a little to shade the bow to reduce glare.
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Any of the dive lights are good if you want something for handheld battery powered occasional use.

They will be 110% waterproof but and pretty tough but not really designed for impact. I dive with a 6C handheld pelican and an 8D handheld UK and they are both good lights. Only catch with the traditional scuba lights is that they will get hot, as they are not made for continuous use out of the water - but a few minutes here and there is fine, I use them often around the house.
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http://tinyurl.com/goodspotlight

If the link doesn't work, its the $9.99 OPTRONICS Pro Torx 1M Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlight. I lasted me well, when something started acting up on it, the company quickly replaced it, under warranty. Nice and bright, the charge lasts and its not expensive. Buy a new one each year...
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The problem I have had with a couple of the cheap 1m candlepower spotlights is that they will charge up and work fine but then will lose the charge very fast when left to sit [like overnight]. That pretty much makes them worthless in my book. I assume it has something to do with the type of battery. I thought I could use them as a spare by using the power adapter but without the battery charged it would not work and into the trash it went.
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http://tinyurl.com/goodspotlight*

If the link doesn't work, its the $9.99 OPTRONICS Pro Torx 1M Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlight. I lasted me well, when something started acting up on it, the company quickly replaced it, under warranty. Nice and bright, the charge lasts and its not expensive. Buy a new one each year...
Have had one for 2 years and it has never failed me. Just bought another as a back up. $10 is cheap and it is very light weight compared to the multi-million candlepower units. Also the beam is more directed so you dont' get the glare and flash back like you do from the bigger units. Oh, did I mention it is only 10 bucks?!!
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If you don't need a lot of power a good quality led dive light will take abuse and always work and costs about 125 for a bright one.
For distance look at Streamlight HID spotlight well made and last 1 1/2 hours on a charge but 750.
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Thanks for all the insight I am going to get the $10 light for now and keep it as a back up once i get a quality light. I am torn between the pelican and the golight profiler 2.
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I never had an issue with the battery discharging when it sat. That said, I didn't use it non-stop when it was used. I was running around Key West at night...mostly navigating by GPS with a quick light search across the bow every minute or so...
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for 60 bucks at Pepboys. i got a 15,000,000 (yes million) candel watt power flashlight , that has a 40 min battery, or plugs in to your cig lighter. WORKS INCREDIBLE. highly reccommended.
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I want to mount one that is not handheld like the remote control ones, is there any good ones or does everyone use the handheld ones?
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After reading the reviews for the $10 spot at the site given by Jeff I would think twice before buying this lite.
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Pelican and Streamlight are about the only two flashlights you'll see in the maritime industry. They are both quality brands. I prefer Pelican because they're cheaper and use conventional batteries. I tend to drop things in unrecoverable ways into the bilge. Those really high candlepower spots available from automotive stores and Cosco are pretty unbeatable deals. I can't speak for their longevity/durability in a marine environment, but they are about the brightest things you can get.
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