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I’ve was trying to figure how to get better lighting for my optivisor. I had the 6 LED lights with the battery pack but it just didn’t cut it. I searched for something that might work. I came across the Nitecore keychain flashlights, the Tube has 45 lumens and is $10. Then I saw the Tip which is 360 Lumens for $30!!!! Why not.  It weighs less than an ounce, the battery has a usb recharger. It has 4 settings which will of course effect charge life. low (1 lumen) 46 hrs, med (35 lumens) 6.5 hrs, high (150 lumens) 1.5 hrs and  TURBO (360 lumens) 30 min.   It’s like aircraft landing lights!!! Yee hah. Piece of velcro and good to go. 

Kurt

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After checking this out on Amazon, 

there is a 30 sec auto-off option- to save battery.  Your last adventure with the 360 setting 

the short time was likely due to your activating the saver function.

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I had thought so too, but it seems the 360 is always as a burst regardless. The 150 seems more than enough. The 360 would most likely be too intense at that focal distance. Having the light focused where you are looking with no shadows is really, really nice. I watched several video reviews (of course after I already had it). One reviewer ran it constantly at low, medium and high (150) until it blacked out. The 150 ran over and hour continuously. I don't no how quickly it will recharge, or whether it also one of the issues where its better to run completely down before charging or intermittently partially recharge yet. Maybe some tech type here at MSW would let us know. I'm happy so far.

 

Kurt

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Kurt, 

 

Do you know what kind of battery it has?   That will make a difference as to whether drain it completely or being able just partial discharge and recharge.

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On 05/05/2018 at 6:49 PM, Kurt Johnson said:

The 150 seems more than enough. The 360 would most likely be too intense at that focal distance. Having the light focused where you are looking with no shadows is really, really nice.

 

In comparison, I measured in lumen at 1 foot my Xenon light, it can deliver 261 times more light:  91500 lm.

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For sure! I am using it with a #2 Optivisor lens. The light is basically weightless, no battery weight. It really is amazing how nice it is to have good illumination without any shadows. I actually could theoretically add a second one and focus them to the same location, but that coulld be a waste of time and money. For me, its like I knocked years off my aging eyeballs. So long and short, yes, (one of those good finds). I hope I don’t have to have a disclaimer and say I haven’t any connection, but I don’t.

 

Kurt

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At Canadian tire, a store where you can buy all kinds of things, you can buy a flashlight  at 1000 lm for $60. 

At 1000 lm, you will see things that you cannot see at 350 lm.

The more you increase the lumens the more details you will see.

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 The size, shape, weight and rechargeable battery were major factors in the search. All this took was a piece of velcro to attach it. The length was the starting factor in fitting on the visor, then I tried to find the brightest that would probably fit. This worked, so I stopped looking. There are probably better solutions, but I’m happy with it (for the moment). Canadian Tire would be about a 10 hour drive, so factoring in the gas it probably wouldn’t be worth it 🙂 .

 

Kurt

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As I explained you yesterday in a private message, your best choice would be a lamp instead (more power for less money).

To my knowledge, the best performing lamps actually are in this category: Studio lighting/ continuous lighting/ LED lights that you can find in Photo stores like BH photo:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?setNs=p_PRICE_2|0&Ns=p_PRICE_2|0&ci=12248&fct=fct_color-temperature-type_4243|daylight-balanced&srtclk=sort&N=3988592074&

 

With only one of these light, you will be surprise of the power and you will not have to mix 2 or 3 kinds of lights. 

And as a bonus, you will get better photos, white balance included.

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No need to drive, Kurt. There's always shopping on the Internet.   Where I am, it's about the only way to get any thing for this hobby, except wood glue, sandpaper, and the like.

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Mark, The internet has it’s down side. Just yesterday I drove to this Electronics store near me, a real one that was like an old time hardware store. You could poke around forever, finding this and that. The building was empty, they gave up.  About a year ago, the only real hobby shop in my area closed. That hurt. I use the internet, the UPS guy has become like family now. I’m am Amazon super duper Prime guy. I don’t like EBay that much. I miss going to the store, seeing and feeling what things are like. BS-ing with the people at the stores. That’s life. 

 

Gaetan, Like I had said to you, I have a number of lights and most likely will be getting a new brighter one. Still like the one on the Optivisor, its always pointing at where I’m glancing. I like tinkering.

 

 

I can never figure why some threads will go on for a bit and others die at the get go. Maybe the answer is on the internet.

 

Kurt

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Hi Kurt, I just received the little landing light. Looks good. It's all charged up, I'm waiting for the Velcro to set.

Thanks for the heads up.

Cheers, Harley

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