Using flashlight for night critters

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by top predator, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. top predator

    top predator Well-Known Member

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    don't know if this post belongs here, but...

    i was using the usual gun mounted spotlight, which is kinda heavy and cumbersome. i tried the handheld stuff also. then i thought about just using a decent flashlight.

    I got that Maglite LED last night. It is SUPER bright, very "white" and
    very illuminating at distance. Absolutely blow away a standard Maglite
    bulb. From the website On flashlights, Flashlight Reviews and LED Modifications there is a
    rundown of lumens projected by the LED through a 2cell, 3cell, and
    4cell, with the 3cell coming the brightest as the LED more efficiently
    uses the power supplied with the 3cell. Nice thing too about the LEDs
    is that even as battery power goes down, the amount of brightness
    doesn't dwindle as much, and it uses less power to operate. This equals
    having a light that stays brighter longer, that uses less power
    (increases battery life), and stays almost as bright with older
    batteries as new ones.

    At 150 yards side by side with my 4 cell and 5 cell with regular bulbs,
    the 3 cell LED is so much brighter and focusable, that

    Being a 3 cell, so it's lighter and smaller than the traditional
    spotlights we carry. The red filter really tones it down to the point
    where it's defeating the purpose of target identification at night,
    however the blue filter works well out to 150 yards (at least that's the
    maximum distance I had to work with for the test).

    I tried putting colored saran wrap over the clear lens, however it has
    to be applied in a smooth fashion or the light beam gets distorted. I
    also "sharpied" a clear lens with orange, it's ok, but not up to the
    blue filter standards.

    At 150 yards side by side with my 4 cell and 5 cell with regular bulbs,
    the 3 cell LED is so much brighter and focusable, that I am going to get
    the LED bulb upgrade for all my Maglites, as the improvement they make
    are quite justified. May even "sharpie" one LED bulb to see the impact
    it would make on having the color and the amount of light projection
    given.