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I have this in the mail:

 

http://www.mozohid.com/eshowProDetail.asp?ProID=1611

 

mmmmwahahahaha....

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How much? 

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"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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A bit over 100 bucks on ebay. Not too bad. These are about 3000 lumens, similar to 10 well driven xp-g's (or about 20 dx ones, lol) so should be pretty bright.

 

I got it instead of the Stanley HID, because of the lithium batteries (likely 6x 18650), instead of the SLA's which often go bad if not maintained, since it's not something I anticipate using all the time.

 

Main drawback I can see is the 6000K bulb, but 4300K's are cheap.

 

This one has smallish reflector, so I won't get crazy lazer beam out of it, but the small size and light weight'll make it a bit more practical. If I end up liking HID's, I might get some cheapo giant spotlights and installing some 50-75W car kits in them to reach the clouds.

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Expensive but very nice looking.  Maybe you can post a few pics when you get it. 

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"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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i bought the stanely one. HUGE let down. side by side with the stanley 100 watt halogen was comparable, and thats rated at 1300 lumens

 

dimmer function BARELY worked. so i returned it to walmart and tried another. SAME problem

so i returned it and kept the Halogen one (30 bux at lowes)

 

 

oh and i couldnt get the bulb to fit where the battery is mounted (tried retrofitting the Stanley Halogen, its an H3 bulb lol, had DDM ballasts and bulbs)

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A 35w hid shouldn't be that much brighter than a 100w halogen.

 

The halogen is about 20lum/Watt, and the hid maybe 80. 1300 lumens would be a very conservative estimate.

 

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http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=230868

 

That's a good post. The 8000K bulb probably doesn't help the Stanley HID. The one I got is supposedly  a copy of the L35.

 

I might have to buy the stanley 2M just to compare.

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yea and i didnt see a way to upgrade the ballast, which was REALLY what i wanted to do.

the DDM ballasts put out ALOT of light. id rather wait for it to warm up than lose some power right off the bat!

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Just came in. Quick review:

 

1. Build is pretty cheap, but functional. Nothing to fall apart, but nothing to delight either. I suspect the stanley uses better molds.

2. It'a s lot of light in a light and ergonomic package. 3000 lumen is probably not far off, or about 15 times brighter than a well driven xr-e light. To get an idea of how bright it is, its quite small hotspot (formed by the anode on a plasma arc) is about 3.5 times brighter than a MRV thrower.  It has a secondary/larger hotspot formed by the whole arc that's about as bright as the MRV and around 25 times larger in area (!). Plus with a shallow reflector there's a lot of sidespill, almost 180deg to the sides.

3. The smallish reflector means not the greatest spot thrower, but that means it's better for general use. Lights up the road like car headlights, as far as you can reasonably see anyway.

4. Manual is inaccurate. The battery removes via two press buttons on the side (not easy to swap, not that you'll find replacement anyway), and the rocker switch is wired opposite of what the manual claims (hid vs side led positions swapped).

5. I got a bit over an hour runtime, but I only ran until the last led/bar of the charge indicator, not until dead.  The light might've been in storage for a while, so the battery may not be the freshest.  It was delivered with a charge, but not impossible the seller charged it before shpping.

6. Charge lights work well, charger light changes from red to green, so probably reasonably safe electronics.

7. The beam is advertised as 6000K, but seems cooler than that, perhaps because of how bright it is, and the colors of the hid kind of change slightly around the halo. Not a big deal in real world use, though.

8. The light turns on right away with no delay, but it takes maybe half a min to get from its initial state which is about half as bright to full brightness.

 

All in all it's a good functional light. Quite useful but not pretty. The factory could've done a much better job on the finish, but I got everything I paid for. I can't remember how much the factory HID projectors on my car cost as an option, but probably quite a bit more even though it's only an upgrade.

 

It's the king (that or the muscle-bound berzerker) of all my lights for now.

 

I'm too lazy to take pics ATM, but I found this slight more diligent person got the same light as me so you can take a look at his: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=297772

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im happy with my 100 watt stanley. build quality is very good. output is impressive (def more than 1300 lumens)

you cant beat it for 30 bux.  HID or not lol

run time im sure is less. probably 30 mins. but hey, who uses a spot light for more than 30 mins lol

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im happy with my 100 watt stanley. build quality is very good. output is impressive (def more than 1300 lumens)

you cant beat it for 30 bux.  HID or not lol

run time im sure is less. probably 30 mins. but hey, who uses a spot light for more than 30 mins lol