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 Post subject: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:33 pm 
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I see a lot of people with some quite powerful flashlights walking around the camp perimeter at night and sometimes taking them on night drives.

-Could anyone advise on a good make\model?
- What do they cost?
- Do they use regular batteries or rechargeable batteries?


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 1:41 pm 
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I was lucky. The gentleman who got me hooked on KNP gave his to me after his wife couldn't travel that far anymore. It was actually quite sad as I got it after what we knew would be their last trip.

Ours is rechargeable.


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I don't think there is a specific make to go for. We bought a new one last year for about R75 which seemed to be about average depending where you shopped. Ours is rechargable - 220v and cigerette lighter. You want 1 million candle power plus not so much for area of light but for distance as well as brightness.

Be warned these things are heavy and can take a pounding rolling around in the car being dropped etc. so don't grow too attached you may need to replace regularly.

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They are fantastic to take walks with around the perimeter.

Please be careful to not shine it into the animals eyes though. With a beam that powerful it takes quite a while for their eyes to re-adjust and it might compromise the animal unfairly.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:25 pm 
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Can buy them at places like Makro, Trade Centre, safari/outdoor type shops.


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For a bit extra (about R200, if I remember correctly), we bought a spotlight with an internal rechargeable battery 220V and the function that we can run it of the cigarette lighter 12V of the car for recharging and for spotting - in other words, you can just plug it in to the lighter when the battery has run down and continue LIT spotting! (not like the standard ones that can't work while busy charging)
Ours is a Leisure Quip Dual power rechargable spotlight 1 million candle power model. It works well!

Another thing about spotlights, that we've learnt the hard way (i.e. having a fused globe when there was a leopard in the road right in front of us at dawn), is to make sure that you replace the globe with the right voltage replacement globe! (All the globes look the same, except for small print stating the voltage for the globe)

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 Post subject: Spotlight
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:20 pm 
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I wasn't sure where to post this:

I noticed a particular special at Makro.
A 10 Million Candle Power Rechargeable Spotlight.
Brand: Leisure Quip.
Price: R 249.00

I am thinking game drives, perimeter walks etc etc.....

Besides, I have some e-bucks, and you can shop instore with your ebucks

For the foreigners: e-bucks is a currency that our FNB bank has. It's a reward system, that you earn when you spend etc, but up till recently you could only buy at certain online stores. Since then they took on some retail partners.

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I'd like more info on spotlights too. Bought a cheap rechargeable one and it does not last long at all - not more than 5min and takes ages to charge....and is heavy!


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight
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Loams wrote:
IPrice: R 249.00



Are you sure that its good quality for this kind of money :?
Its nearly a give away.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:51 pm 
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Loams wrote:
IPrice: R 249.00



Are you sure that its good quality for this kind of money :?
Its nearly a give away.


Dunno

*EDIT* Looks like I previously broke the page. Here's the link: Don't click on it, copy and paste entire link into your browser[/edit]
www.makro.co.za/product.asp?sku=0000000 ... iPageNum=&
I find most things at Makro to be of decent quality and good price, especially their Outdoor goods.

All their goods also come with warrantees. I will buy one before the weekend is out and report back. They were R 300.00 last week.

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I paid about R130 for the one I am talking about....from a camp shop.


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Speaking of spotlights .... walked past a Cape Union Mart shop and saw that massive spotlight ...

Don't ask me how much candelight ... but I swear you will need a car battery to light up that baby ... don't think about carrying it ...

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 7:01 am 
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Loams wrote:
I noticed a particular special at Makro.
A 10 Million Candle Power Rechargeable Spotlight.
Brand: Leisure Quip.
Price: R 249.00

I am thinking game drives, perimeter walks etc etc.....


We have the other Leisure Quip light, the round one, and despite the fact that the bottom got melted from being left on the braai, it has really been worth it. We only use it to read by and occasionally put it on for more complex cooking, but it does last for quite a long time and gives a good light. It saves a lot in batteries.

If the spotlight is as good as this one, I would recommend it.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 7:38 am 
Loams wrote:
I noticed a particular special at Makro.
A 10 Million Candle Power Rechargeable Spotlight.
Brand: Leisure Quip.
Price: R 249.00
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Maybe we are just unlucky. We have gone through 3 of these Leisure Quip spotlights in the past 2 years. The latest one we bought had to be returned immediately because it was non-functional when we took it out of the box – the replacement only lasted 3 months :x
I also would really like advice on a descent spotlight. We are sort of desperate by now. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlight
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 4:21 pm 
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Jumbo wrote:
... the replacement only lasted 3 months :x
I also would really like advice on a descent spotlight. We are sort of desperate by now. :roll:


What went wrong with it?

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