Spotlights Versus BOREALIS flashlight
Except for some HIDâ€™s barely portable lights like the â€œBeastâ€ from Surefire (a $3,000 light working on 20 disposables batteries, outputting 2,000 lumens) and others HIDâ€™s that donâ€™t qualify as flashlights as they are considered â€œsearchlightsâ€ and take quite a few seconds to get them going, no other flashlight that you can get in the store can compete in lumens output with the BOREALIS 1050 lumens flashlight that is made in the 3 D format.
So the question arose as how the BOREALIS will compare with an incandescent two million candlepower spotlight.
I have a closet full of spotlights of 15 years ago, lights that plugged into the cigarette lighter of a car and at that time were state of the art at 250,000 and even 500,000 candlepowerâ€™s.
Later the portable, rechargeable 500,000 and one million spotlights come about and of late you can get a good spotlight by LSI or Q. Beam of 2 million candlepower.
How does the little 2â€ reflector and 35 watt bulb compare with the monstrous 5 Â½ inches reflectors and 50 to 75 watts bulbs in those spotlights?
To find out, I did a round up of what I have in the house: a couple of 1 million Q Beam I had disposed off when the batteries ran out of life, but I have a brand new LSI Nite Tracker 2,000.000 million candlepower, a 1 million spotlight from Aid Auto Stores and a new PN 46224 5 million from Heartland America catalogue.
Actually this is the second one, because I returned the first as the light donâ€™t seem to my eyes to output more than a million, the second is still delivering the same output, so maybe where they come from the candlepowerâ€™s have a different value than the American ones!
I gave all the spotlights and my light a good charge to run a fair test.
The shootout was made against a tool shed at 30 yards and my appreciation of what I saw is this: The Aid auto Store spotlight seems to be a thru and thru one million candlepower light as the output is well matched against what I have seen before from other one millions.
The BOREALIS will overpower this spotlight plenty, washing the beam of it when the BOREALIS beam is made to coincide.
The second spotlight I tried was the LSI Nite tracker, 2,000.000 million; this is a great light (but also great in size and weight) and is obviously what the BOREALIS has to compete for.
I have found that the BOREALIS beam is more useful than the LSI as the spread is wider (more floodlight), I can see much more landscape to the sides of the shed than with the beam of the LSI. As per the intensity at the shed door, here are the pictures so you can judge it yourself.
Of the Black and yellow 5 million light from Heartland, to my eyes it is barely 1 million, maybe 750,000 more likely.
Yes, the LSI two million can do almost the same as the BOREALIS, but that light is much more compact, lighter and of incomparable quality in its components, the modified switch, reflector and battery carrier are a work of art and the power source are the best high current high capacity Nimhs in existence.
The Contenders, from left to right; My red BOREALIS flashlight 1050 lumens,
the 5 million Heartland of America black and yellow spotlight, the LSI Nite Tracker 2 million, and the Aid auto stores 1 million spotlight.
And I am going to show the beamshots in the opposite sequence:
Aid auto stores 1 million candlepower
LSI Nite Tracker 2 million
Heartland of America 5 million (The text explain what I think of this light)
BOREALIS 1050 lumens rechargeable, 50 minutes run time.
As the pictures don't show how much real state is illuminated by the BOREALIS, I am going to take a video and post it in my site, http://www.blackbearflashlights.com
That will show more of what is in real life.