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Recommendations for a spotlight to scare off wildlife at night?

Hi All,

we live in a rural area, lots of wildlife especially at night, coyote, skunks, opossums, however, this never used to be a problem our as older dogs always stayed in at night, but not the youngest one. she is as cute as can be, but this fearless little monster demands to be let out at night, and then barks at whatever is out there. (she already killed five skunks... in addition to numerous other critters)

I am thinking that a strong spotlight might scare off whatever critter the she is barking at, and will let the neighbors and us have a better night's sleep...

Amazon have lots of CCC (Cheap Chinese Crap) at around $30, which might be just good enough for my needs, but I am looking for your advice before I buy.

I'd like to keep price around $50-$80, size/weight does not matter, as is run time (only about 10 minutes per night), but I would like a long reach, about 600-800 feet of very bright light. strobe mode might also be useful.

from bit of research, I understand that I need to look for candlepower rather than lumens.

and seems that Lumintop GT Mini might be a good choice for my needs...

any other advice is more than welcome,

thanks,

-avi

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A light alone wont scare them off. A noise will.

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If your barking, skunkacidal dog does not scare them off, then a very bright light probably won’t, either. 

 

 

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Strobe maybe? Worked for a turkey already Big Smile .

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she kept barking and I kept researching, found this site which allows searching by parameters:

 

http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html?lumens=1400,_&blink=beacon,...

 

SF47T comes up at the top (cheapest)

 

and seems to have a fairly good review here:

 

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/76446

 

also looked at the Convoy C8 and L21A

 

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75745

 

but not sure about purchasing off AliExpress, long shipping and no easy returns... the SF47T is available from Amazon

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The GT mini is a very nice light. But if size and weight are no problem, I would get a Convoy L6 with the XHP70.2 led.
Just pass on the batteries and get some quality ones. You will need a charger too.
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https://budgetlightforum.com/node/50372

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thanks, could not find any info about range/throw for the L6, do you know what it might be? or how the L6 throw compares to the L21A which is advertized at over 1000m?

 

I found somewhere mentioned that the usable throw range is about 30% of ANSI. so if I need about 600ft, I should be looking at about 600m, is that correct?

 

also, where do I find quality 26650 batteries? how do I know they are high quality?

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I can recommend the TrustFire T70 with 2300lm, 1000m, XHP35, direct strobe through mode memory, and 2×18650.

Same with T62, just a bit over 600m, XHP70.2 and 3800lm, OPR. Regulated at 2500lm.

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This light gets very good performance like you stated. I do not have one, so I cannot compare it to my lights. In the video, it has a tiny beam size, and that is how it gets its throw, by intensity combined with small size equals distance. However its lack of light volume is disappointing. See the CPF review video below.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001594138171.html
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?473991-Review-Convoy...(Osram-W2-HX)-300-000cd
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If you want to scare animals at night, get a bb gun, mount this Convoy light on it and shoot them in the behind. Wink
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Here is a review on the Convoy L6 XHP70.2 with an Smooth reflector which is a thrower. Matt’s web sight is down for repair, but he offeres the best L6 modded you can find. Thumbs Up http://asflashlights.com/
https://budgetlightforum.com/node/65662
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I prefer the XHP 70.2 because its very powerful, but does not throw as far by the numbers, but throws more volume of light at a decent distance. To get more light, you deal with HEAT. So these lights need a Husky Body to dissipate the heat. The L6 is Hefty.
I prefer throwers and most of my lights are. There is much advertising for distance in flashlights. The problem is, can you actually see anything with a light that states it can throw 2400 meters ? I have been there and was very disappointed in the actual performance. So I modded it to a XHP 70.2 and after the first mod it dropped to 1800 meters with 4x more light volume down stream.

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avic wrote:

thanks, could not find any info about range/throw for the L6, do you know what it might be? or how the L6 throw compares to the L21A which is advertized at over 1000m?


 


I found somewhere mentioned that the usable throw range is about 30% of ANSI. so if I need about 600ft, I should be looking at about 600m, is that correct?


 


also, where do I find quality 26650 batteries? how do I know they are high quality?


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I only use this one. Wink
https://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_1...
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Wildlife tuned to see in the dark unless they fly wilk usually just stand there as they can’t see a damn thing. What gets them moving as mentioned is noise, that triggers a response to move on as it replicates danger coming towards them. I’m constantly scari f off kangeroos off my lawn & noise or throwing an object near them scares them off.

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Hate to tell ya but skunks are nearly blind. They go more by sound, smell, and feeling with their front paws.

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CNCman wrote:

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I only use this one. Wink
https://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_1...

I thought this cell was being discontinued awhile ago. Did they decide to keep making it?
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pennzy wrote:
CNCman wrote:

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I only use this one. Wink
https://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_1...

I thought this cell was being discontinued awhile ago. Did they decide to keep making it?

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They still have 323 pcs in stock. I did not know it was discontinued. Thanks Thumbs Up
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Just get the Convoy L21A with Osram CULPM1, it gets 600m easily to identify a deer. It’s a top seller for hunters here in New Zealand.

If you click on my YouTube channel check out the Osram L21A demo, the re-uploaded one

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Funtastic wrote:
Just get the Convoy L21A with Osram CULPM1, it gets 600m easily to identify a deer. It’s a top seller for hunters here in New Zealand.

If you click on my YouTube channel check out the Osram L21A demo, the re-uploaded one

It will identify them but it wont scare them away,

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If you think the L21A is too narrow then grab the Astrolux FT03 SST40 which is also plenty.

Beam comparison of the L21A and FT03 http://imgur.com/vAOm5pi

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zoulas wrote:
Funtastic wrote:
Just get the Convoy L21A with Osram CULPM1, it gets 600m easily to identify a deer. It’s a top seller for hunters here in New Zealand.

If you click on my YouTube channel check out the Osram L21A demo, the re-uploaded one

It will identify them but it wont scare them away,

He’s only after 600ft not 600m which would be way more intense/bright at the center than the L6

The L6 is a lot less range, less bright, it just has a much wider beam

Texas Ace Lumen Tube calibrated with maukka lights

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zoulas wrote:
A light alone wont scare them off. A noise will.

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Bottle-rockets.

 

we have a refillable/rechargeable marine horn which works wonderfully... scares away the coyotes and scares the dog into the house to mommy.

 

however, we use it in emergencies only, when the coyotes are near the fence and are howling mad

 

the idea behind the light was to find something quieter to allow for a "better night's sleep"...

 

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Funtastic wrote:
If you think the L21A is too narrow then grab the Astrolux FT03 SST40 which is also plenty. Beam comparison of the L21A and FT03 http://imgur.com/vAOm5pi

 

I like the one on the right, with the narrower beam. however, since my harebrained idea might not work, I want to purchase from a place I can easily return, Amazon... and the only place I found the L21A was AliExpress, too long shipping time, and no easy returns... 

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since as some pointed out, my idea of a bright light might not work, I am going to purchase something that I can return, i.e. from Amazon.

 

rules out the L21A since it is only available from AliExpress

 

I also ruled out the TrustFire T70 since it is over my budget (as are the Noctigon K1 and the Nitecore P30i)

 

Amazon has a CCC (Cheap Chinese Crap) with a whopping 6000 lumen for under $23 after a price drop and 6% off coupon.

 

https://amazon.com/gp/product/B07BQCNB16

 

I also got the SF47T for $70 (after $10 coupon)

 

both should arrive tomorrow, and I'll report what I find out...

 

I will still monitor this for more advice and suggestion, but less frequently... 

 

thanks all

-avi

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If you have the space try a shock fence. On your side of the fence or better yet the other side.

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If you have the space try a shock fence. On your side of the fence or better yet the other side.

 

purchased one, did not install it yet, the intention is to put it on angled arms (not sure if that's the correct terminology, but the arms on which you would normally put barbed wire on) on top of the fence

 

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Galvanized-Metal-Fence-Barbed-Wire-Arm-Chain-link-Fence/1000006420

 

to complete the circuit, the critter will need to also touch the electric ground, so my plan is to make the entire existing fence "ground" and insulate the hot wire from the arms/fence. 

 

we got this for safety, on the other hand, in over 20 years, never seen a coyote climb into our side, though skunks and opossums obviously made it... so far miss little monster was able to defeat these with only minor battle scars on her nose/cheeks 

 

but this will not make her stop barking at critters outside the fence... 

 

thanks,

 

-avi

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the dog should be restrained within a fenced area, so it cannot hunt skunks

you are required by law to report a skunk encounter:

https://www.vcas.us/wildlife/
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If your dog, has an encounter with skunks, you must immediately report that interaction to Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4341, and your veterinarian as these animals can harbor the deadly rabies virus.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/RabiesAnimal.htm
Skunks continue to be the second-most commonly diagnosed rabid animal species in California.

Flashlights are fun, but I think there are some other interventions you should consider as well..

1. Do not let the dog run free at night, no matter how demanding she is. Killing wildlife is a serious problem, and your dog now knows it is fun, and that you are a pushover.

2. Take an obedience class with your dog. So you learn ways NOT to give in to the dog demanding to go skunk hunting at night.

3. Another dog management tool to consider, is Crate Training.

4. consider an anti barking device

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avic wrote:
the idea behind the light was to find something quieter to allow for a “better night’s sleep”…

One quick pop vs hours of nonstop barking?

Also, beware annoyed neighbors that might get fed up with the nightly concerts and toss some poisoned meat into your yard.

I second the suggestion to keep Li’l Monster inside the house at night no matter what. Otherwise whatever happens to LM is on you.

(Didn’t know about the skunk/rabies thing, that’s another good reason to keep LM inside.)

 

Ever try to out-stubborn a cat? I did, and dogs are pushovers in comparison. Rescue #2 was an outdoors cat all the way, got raked but good on his shoulder, enough to “cut into the musculature” and a puncture-wound in his cheek that blew up like a balloon. So off to the vet, stitches out the wazoo, Penrose drain in his cheek, Cone Of Shame around his head, etc., and still the little devil was clawing at the door trying to get out. Had to dope him up with ACE that made him wobbly like he was drunk, and still he was clawing at the door. Wasn’t working, and when he saw me opening the door by the knob, he climbed up on the platform next to the door and tried clawing at the doorknob! Smart cat, but determined to get out.

I just had to stick with it. A semi-feral cat that Just Wants Out, another male cat indoors that wasn’t exactly making him feel welcome, but I just stuck with it, and, yeah, months later, they’re playing with each other, chasing each other around (usually waking me up with the ruckus when I’m sleeping), and both are pretty happy indoors.

So if I could do that with a cat, you can sure do that with a dog.

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raccoon city wrote:
Just get yourself a flamethrower and KIWF (Kill it with fire.)

Mmmm, might work, but I get the feeling he actually likes his dog.

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how about use a flashlight to illuminate/indicate your target,
then use a pellet gun or slingshot for quieter discouragement?

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Can someone explain to me Amazon allowing returns for perfectly working products?

If you buy something and it works as advertised, but your idea of what you wanted it to do doesn’t work, how is it fair on the seller to return that product?

Seems extremely unfair

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