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 Post subject: Spotlight recommendations?
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:32 pm 
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I am soo looking forward to our trip end of the year and have the pleasure for the first time to stay at Nshawu Guesthouse!!
What I really need to invest in is a good spotlight/ torch - can someone please recommend a good one. Thanks :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:44 pm 
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Just bought the Led lenser P7
small, sturdy and tested it yesterday
at least 100 meter of bright great light
and a energy saving mode, enough for seeing whats going on around the braai but saving batteries

Search for LED
Ledlenser, Maglite, Olight and Fenix are all quality
Will set you back about R400-500
I bought one using AAA batteries
which can be bought everywhere in the world

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:55 pm 
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We also have a Led Lenzer. and used it in KNP in December. Would definitely recommend it. Bought it at Cape Union Mart - Im not sure who else sells it.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
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They are one of the cheapest

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:36 am 
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I bought a Zartek rechargeable spotlight a few years back, cost about R350 -R400... AC/DC Chargeable with a Beam Distance of about 200 metres.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:40 am 
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I have had two rechargeable spotlights during my "spotlight career" and were very disappointed with both, after a while the recharge did not last long, about 5 or 10 minutes and then kaput (I'm starting to suspect my friends buys me rubbish presents).
So I gave it up altogether.
Must admit I drool when I see those huge spotlights in Cape Union Mart, but it won't fit into the car (and budget) :roll:
a good spotlight can help so much, so I enjoy the tips on this thread :thumbs_up:
For now, I have about four of those LED head lamps and dish them out to the family when we are in the Park, fantastic to use during a braai and to shine in front of you when carrying the food from the braai to the hut - not to step on a puffy.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:16 am 
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DON'T BUY ONE OF THOSE "GUN HOLD/TRIGGER' SPOTS!!! they are useless and they last for about a year, even after looking after it (putting back in box once finished using it and charging it properly before using it, it still broke...well "they" broke.
Rather go for the traditional "maglight" style torch/spot..my father got a R1 500.00 voucher for outdoor warehouse and so bought a torch that is like the maglite....but a billion times brighter, as well as a LED headlight with an infra red bulb to...will never touch the "GUN HOLD/TRIGGER" spot again.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Is it allowed to shine a spotlight from camp? I have never used one so it will be interesting to know. If a hundred people use spotlights at the fence, it will resemble a scene from the second world war over Dresden.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Most unpleasant , in my opinion , to see light paths sweeping over your line of sight when enjoying the peace & quiet...

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There is no rule about shining a spotlight in camp
I use it sometimes when i think i hear a owl in the tree above me.
But i am lazy in the evenings, so its al from my chair

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:10 pm 
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@ Ndloti. I agree with you 100%. In fact, at a private reserve where I often go to, you can be fined up to R1500.00 for using a spotlight in camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:21 pm 
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Thanks for all the comments so far keep them coming in - still have some time to decide:)


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:22 am 
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Darkness is a chance for them to be on their own , unmolested by the public ... one should consider the animals above the satisfaction gained from viewing them , even though they cannot talk give them the benefit of the doubt that there is a possibility that they find spotlights intrusive.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:58 am 
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I take my spotlight with me where ever I go camping.
But in the park I never use it except for once when the night drive didn't have enough the one blew a bulb.

It really depends what you want to use it for.
If you want to use it only when you are at your vehicle then I would say stay away from rechargeable spotlights with batteries.
You can get a 12V halogen light for much cheaper with a lot more juice. :big_eyes:

You can even use it to cook if you have to :tongue: .
Just be careful you might start a fire if you shine to close to the car.

Get a nice strong spotlight and a good torch. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight to recommend??
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:51 pm 
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Well seeing that Sanparks have introduced night drives that uses spotlights for the visitors to be able to view ndlotis (servals) :) and other nocturnal active animals then surely I am also entitled to use my Australian made LIGHTFORCE spotlight from my abode next to the fence with a view that I have paid extra for the privilege.
I have never used it in such a way to be annoying to others or to blind animals such as bushbabys.
The fact that I have it actually have given other visitors pleasurable experiences of being able to see animals they would not have been able to see and photograph and it also came in handy on night drives when a knowledgeable person and experienced eye of the bush were in control of an extra spotlight.

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