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Old 15-05-2019, 01:02 PM
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$200 Head torch versus $20 unit (brief test)

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Old 15-05-2019, 09:16 PM
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That $20 torch is pretty impressive
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Old 15-05-2019, 09:36 PM
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"...shed too much light..." (pun itended?)

not bad for twenny buks.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:57 AM
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That $20 torch is pretty impressive
Yeah durability and battery life were 2 things i didnt test but well see how it pans out.
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Old 16-05-2019, 12:58 AM
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"...shed too much light..." (pun itended?)

not bad for twenny buks.
Only the sharpest tools would pick up on that reference
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Old 16-05-2019, 06:57 AM
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Just got some feed back from a bloke whose been using a similar unit for 5 years without problem

I must have been too rough with mine and dislodged the wiring by pulling to hard on the light to get it out of a bag - (the soldering job on the wiring was dodgy though) so If you look after these lights - they could be a real option.

not saying there arent better lights out there - just saying these might be a legitimate option based on intended use
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Old 16-05-2019, 06:58 PM
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thats a good little unit mate, might come in handy on the boat for sure..
how long does the charge last?
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Old 16-05-2019, 08:52 PM
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thats a good little unit mate, might come in handy on the boat for sure..
how long does the charge last?
Thats were these package deals with unbranded 18650 batteries usually run into trouble

They quite often overstate the battery power on these units.

I'll charge mine up and let it run tonight to see how long it lasts.

Also the case that holds the battery in has a flimsy flexible rectangular rubber seal - and the plugs that cover the charging port are pretty flimsy aswell - So it isnt the most water resistant torch. But as long as you know this and be mindful of it - it should be a massive issue - but if I was going out in heavy rain or spray Imight not use this torch - and if I did I'd wrap the seals in duct tape

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Got a couple of these.

https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/ill...ead-torch.html

They are super handy in the boat and only take a AA battery
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Old 17-05-2019, 02:18 AM
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Got a couple of these.

https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/ill...ead-torch.html

They are super handy in the boat and only take a AA battery
Yeah I'd only ever recommend these really bright torches to someone who really needed a really bright torch

18650 batteries cant be bought at the local servo and the market is rife with knock offs and lies - the reputable brands are very expensive - so you have to take that into consideration when purchasing.

If you just want a head torch to tie knots with and look around the boat - you dont need these super powerful units.

But if you use them to spot fish and bait schools off bridges at night - you are going to need at least 1000 lumens and a focus-able beam. (theres times when many more lumens would be handy but you start need huge battery packs to sustain them for more than a couple of hours)

So the head torches I choose are a compromise between weight and the amount of life I can get from the battery pack. But I've never found myself saying "geez I wish this torch wasnt so bright" when spotting fish.

I would much prefer to run all my torches off AA rechargeable in ideal world due to ease of purchase and I know what I'm getting with Energizer and Duracell.

My charger handles all types of batteries but alot dont, so you have to take that into consideration aswell.

The Head torch game is all about compromises - all my head torches have energy efficient modes I use for tying knots but I wouldnt buy one that couldnt be used for spotting fish

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I'm reluctant to share this Vid, as my camera sucks in low light - but there might be something in it.

White light tends to illuminate the hell out of an area - but yellow light gives a truer representation of the colours you would see in day light - and for what its worth - I find when I'm spot lighting fish - they are much more likely to spook on a white light than a yellow light


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After a 90 min constant battery test on full power - it seriously weakened the beam to the point where it sucks

after 3 hours you could still tie knots with it but not much else.

after 4 hours you'd have to squint to tie knots��

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thats a good little unit mate, might come in handy on the boat for sure..
how long does the charge last?
Ok so the results are in - as suspected the battery's are junk - they actually performed worse than I expected.

I tested them after 80 mins on full power and there was already a noticeable loss in brightness.

They deteriorated quickly after that.

But a bloke who ran genuine panasonic batteries was a big wrap for the torches - so theres a good chance its just the fake mislabeled batteries that suck.

The torch seems to be capable of putting out the brightness required - as long is there is enough power to maintain it - the fake batteries that come standard cant do this for long
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