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Best rechargeable spotlight 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2020
Best rechargeable spotlight of 2018
Here, I will review 3 of the best rechargeable spotlight of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop.
Many brands have introduced rechargeable spotlight on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. Before you spend your money on rechargeable spotlight, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – TITAN M10 Rechargeable Spotlight 10W LED – 1000 Lumens High Powered Flashlight – Built In Stand & Phone Charger – Perfect For Camping
Why did this rechargeable spotlight win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
№2 – Bright Rechargeable Searchlight handheld LED Flashlight Tactical Flashlight with Handle CREE L2 Spotlight 1200 Lumens Ultra-long Standby Electric Torch with USB OUTPUT as a Power Bank
Why did this rechargeable spotlight come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this rechargeable spotlight take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
rechargeable spotlight Buyer’s Guide
Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight
The Streamlight is clearly designed for usage on boats and similar crafts, since it offers IPXwater resistance and an ability to float if dropped in water.
As far as power is concerned, this is a slightly different option when compared to the other more common lithium battery powered options. This rugged black and yellow colored spotlight is powered by alkaline batteries, the “C” size ones. You need four of them to keep light running for up to 8.hours. There is also an option of using a 12V DC power cord. The batteries are not included with the package.
As for the LED in use, it emits 2lumens at high beam and 20 at low beam. That should be more than enough in a nautical setting, especially when you take into account the highly effective, long range parabolic reflector on this spotlight. The rugger device has a tough polycarbonate body and lens designed to withstand severe impacts and shocks.
Cyclop Sirius 500 Lumen Handheld Spotlight
With a matte all-black finish and a pistol-grip replete with a trigger guard, this spotlight looks very close to a handgun if not for the unduly fat barrel that makes up the LED lights. And there are a lot of them too, with separate LEDs for different ranges.
As its name suggests the Cyclops has high power Cree LEDs taking care of the long range lighting while leaving weaker LEDs to handle the illumination when looking at nearer objects.That obviously implies that this spotlight has modes, off, long distance and short range lighting. The rechargeable battery offers hours of run-time on the more powerful Cree LEDs while the dimmer LEDs can last for around 1hours max on a full charge.
The battery is a 6V lithium polymer SLA with 2.5Ah. For more subtle usage, you even get a detachable red lens. And at 1.5lbs, this is a very lightweight and compact spotlight that is very easy on your hands.
Sirius Cyclops CYC 9WS Thor Watt LED Spotlight
Sirius spotlights tend to have a separate LEDs for high and low beam and this model is no different. It has Luxeon high power LEDs, three of them, for the high beam.
The weaker low beam functionality is handled six Nichia LEDs of a standard configuration. The high beams throws 300 lumens, which is a bit on the lower side when compared to the competition. But the high power LEDs are capable of producing adequate lighting for all but the most demanding users. The spotlight uses rechargeable batteries, and you get a home charging option as well as a car charging option, making this a fantastic choice for a flashlight to keep in your car, especially if going on long trips.
The grip is rubberized and easy to hold, and the gun-like trigger has an always on feature. The spotlight uses up all the battery in hours if used in high beam setting. There is also a discreet detachable red lens.
Requires AA batteries
With almost 750 lumens at high beam, this is one of the more powerful units we have reviewed.
But despite all that power, it weighs in at a measly 1.5lbs. The pistol grip has comfortable grooves that offer extra grip, and there is an excellent trigger lock for always on function. For power saving, you also get a dimmer light switch which reduces the light to 400 lumens.
This spotlight uses an in-built lithium ion battery pack capable of reaching full charge in hours. It will give you close to hour of run-time on high beam, and around hours on the lower setting. It can hold charge for up to 1months and can be charged using either AC or DC power sources.
Features of a mountain bike light
Lamp body (head unit): This houses the LEDs, the lens in front, the reflectors behind, the circuitry that makes it all work and the fins or ribs that radiate away as much heat as possible.
LEDs: Most lights now use LEDs (light emitting diodes), because they produce more light for less power than a conventional bulb and are far less fragile than HID lamps. Technological advances mean performance has leapt forward in the past few years and each new season brings significant upgrades.
Optics: The reflector and lens in front affect how the light is thrown down the trail. Focused spot beams are great for seeing a long way for a given output; wide flood beams give good peripheral vision.
Mount/bracket: How you attach the light to your bike. Most mounts use clips and spacers but O-rings are a great simple solution. If you are thinking of using a helmet mounted light, you need a lamp that’s light enough to be comfortable and secure on your lid, rather than a neck snapper. You’ll need an extension cable and helmet mount too, so check if that’s included or an optional extra.
Battery: The bit that powers the light. Lighter, tougher, far more random charge resistant lithium ion (Li-Ion) chargeable batteries have revolutionised mountain bike lighting compared with older lead acid and NiMH batteries — but battery and lamp efficiencies still vary dramatically. Most brands sell extra batteries (often at a discount if bought with the light) so you can always swap halfway. Check your batteries are properly prepared for maximum performance (this should be in the instructions) and take a back-up until you know you can rely on their run times.
Switchgear: The switch not only turns the light on, but also lets you change power output levels. It needs to be easy to operate while riding, even with gloves on, but hard to operate accidentally. Many lights now use backlit switches that double as mode and/or run time indicators using traffic-light-style colour changes. Switchgears now range from a simple push button sequential mode switch with low battery warning light to wireless bar-mounted units or switches that can also change the different output levels and menus.
Head or bars
Most lights come with both bar and helmet mounting options. Which is better comes down to personal preference, but here are the pros and cons of each.
The result — it’s a draw! In reality the best solution is to use helmet and bar-mounted lights, even if you have to buy lower powered units to afford both. It also means you have a backup should one battery die.
Being stuck on a wet winter’s night, miles from anywhere with a failed light or everything suddenly going pitch black halfway down a technical descent is a really serious matter. That’s why we take our lights testing extremely seriously.
The science side
As is often the case with mountain biking, the scientific part of the testing is the easiest bit. Lights (lamp body plus handlebar bracket) and batteries are weighed on our scales.
We then measure the useful maximum power run time (to when the output fades and low battery warning lights come on) with pre-conditioned (used and recharged) batteries in the highest power setting on an air cooled rig to mimic the cooling effect of riding at night. We also measure the maximum casing heat of the lights with a thermal probe to see if any get dangerously hot.
This method does favour spot beams over flood beams, but it’s still a more trail translatable measurement than the lumen potential of LEDs. The coverage, density and other specific characteristics of the beam are often more important than the peak brightness though, so we also take beam photos to make it easier to compare the lights.
The practical side
It’s the feedback we get from real world usage that really sorts out often very similar lamps in terms of trail performance. When it comes to our test conditions we’re talking serious sorties, often two or three times a week all year round in every trail condition imaginable. Baked hard river bed runs that’ll shake a poor bracket or fragile circuit board apart in seconds or leave a badly bagged battery hanging by its lead; sub-zero tundra trudges that freeze a battery to horribly low maximum power run times; drownings in downpours and hip-deep bog crashes.
Most of our lights have seen it all and, if the most recent versions have only been hammered through summer, we’ve certainly put the models preceding them through the most testing ride schedule possible. Repeated group riding, bike switching, recharging and battery flattening gives us the perfect comparative testing cluster too, so any failures or fading is immediately obvious rather than going unnoticed in isolation.
In other words, if a light scores well, you know it’s gone through some proper optical and electrical purgatory to prove itself. For that reason, for all of our latest lights testing we’ve deliberately stuck with established (at least a year old) lights manufacturers to ensure anything we recommend is a fully supported product.
Streamlight Strion DS HL
The Streamlight Strion HL is the ideal light for those who are looking for wide beam light with maximum illumination. The Strion DS HL uses a CLED to emit a maximum of 700 lumens for up to 71feet with a 12,000 candela peak beam intensity. The Strion DS HL’s CLED has a 50,000 hour lifetime and uses a deep dish parabolic reflector to provide the best peripheral illumination with a super concentrated beam.
The Streamlight Strion DS HL offers users three different brightness levels: high, medium, and low. The Strion DS HL also features a strobe mode that will run for two and a half hours to allow you to signal for help or disorient a potential attacker. With regulated run time technology, the light will deliver consistent performance throughout the life of the battery. The Strion DS HL allows for one handed operation via the multi-function tactical tail switch.
Streamlight uses a 3.5V Li-Ion battery that is fully rechargeable up to 1000 times. The clamp style charger that comes with the light allows you to quickly and easily charge the battery without having to remove it from the light in as little as three hours. The Strion DS HL uses a digital control circuit to prevent the battery from overcharging. Best of all the Strion DS HL can be charged with all existing Strion chargers.
The Eagletac MX30L3-R uses a rechargeable li-ion battery pack, which contains 18650 batteries to power its CREE XHp70 NCool White LED. The Eagletac MX30L3-R can emit up to 462lumens for a period of two hours. The good news is the battery pack comes with the purchase of the light. The beam of this high performance tactical flashlight can reach up to 47yards. The active thermal management system will automatically adjust the output based on the internal temperature of the MX30L3-R.
The light itself comes with a built-in C900 SW II li-ion charging circuit. The rechargeable battery pack can be charged in one of two ways: EL certified wall charger or a car charger. The MX30L3-R also comes equipped with a charging indicator to alert you to how far the battery has been charged. The indicator will flash a set number of times to indicate a partial charge while a steady light means the battery is full charged.
The MX30L3-R features a user friendly interface; the dual switch controls the entire light and is designed to be used with a single finger. Pressing the button will turn the light on in either minimum or maximum lumens. The dual switch also controls your access to the five brightness levels and two hidden auxiliary levels (beacon and S.O.S.). The switch also enables instant strobe or momentary on, as well as the battery level report system.
For those of you that are looking for a long range, but high lumen flashlight, the Streamlight Ultrastinger is the perfect choice for you. This newer model replicates the original Ultrastinger but offers the newest LED technology to provide users with 1,100 lumens of blinding white light that can reach up to 167feet away thanks to its 65,000 candelas. The brightness and beam distance of the new and improved Ultrastinger will vary based on the mode being used.
The Ultrastinger LED uses a CLED that has a 50,000 hour lifetime and is shock proof. The CLED is kept safe behind an unbreakable polycarbonate lens that comes complete with a scratch resistant coating. The Ultrastinger offers users three different brightness levels to choose from: high, medium, and low as well as a strobe mode and the choice between three different programs that are accessed using Streamlight’s TEN-TAP programming.
The Ultrastinger is powered by a five cell, 6-Volt Ni-MH battery that can be recharged up to 1000 times before needing to be replaced. The light features an indicator on the charger base to indicate the battery’s charging state. The five cell battery is fully recharged after hours using a 120V AC/1volt DC fast charging cord, which comes with the light. With regulated run times the Ultrastinger is able to provide consistent performance through each battery cycle.
If you are looking for one of the best EDC rechargeable lights, look no further than the Olight S1R. The SRutilizes a CREE XM-LLED paired with a TIR optic lens to deliver the best possible beam with a high transmission rate. The S1R’s appearance is the same as other lights in the BATON series with an anti-roll design and a flat magnetic tailcap that gives users a hands free option as it can be secured to metal surfaces.
The Olight SRcomes with a RCR123A battery that can be charged via the magnetic contact charging port and magnetic charging cable that comes with the light. Even with the magnetic charging this flashlight remains IPX-waterproof. Users will find that they can also use a desktop micro-dok to charge the light, which the more ways there are to charge the easier it is to find a charging source when needed. The Olight SRcomes with a rechargeable battery but can also be powered by other batteries. The downfall to using anything other than the RCR123A is they light cannot be charged via the charging port.
The Fenix RC1is the newest addition to the Fenix line of magnetic-charging lights and we must say it is a great one. The Fenix RC1is a mere 4.inches long, but it packs a very powerful punch because it can emit up to 1000 lumens on turbo and strobe modes with its CREE XM-LULED. The versatility of this amazing light makes it the ideal choice for an EDC light.
The RC1features five different output modes, which range from 1000 lumens down to lumens plus it features a strobe mode. The light uses a digitally-regulated output technology to ensure the light maintains a constant brightness throughout the life of the battery. Each of the five modes, as well as strobe, are accessed via a single switch for the easiest one handed operation. The RC1comes with a lock out mode that will prevent accidentally activation, so your light is always ready when you need it.
Fenix includes a single 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery with the light as well as a magnetic charging cable. The charging cable charges the battery through the magnetic suction port located in the neck of the flashlight. Like many other rechargeable lights the RC1comes with a built-in charging indicator, so users will know when the light is full charged. The RC1cannot use the flat-top design 18650 batteries, but it can accept two non-rechargeable CR123A batteries.
The Klarus RS30 uses two CREE XM-LULEDS to provide a maximum output of 2400 lumens with a peak beam intensity of 16,900 candelas. The LED pairs with a newly designed reflector to provide users with both a focused beam and a floodlight, which helps improve the illumination of the light. The lens and reflector are found behind an ultra-clear tempered lens that has been treated to help it resist scratches and wear.
The Klarus RS30 measures just 5.4inches and weighs 8.ounces, which makes it about 50% smaller and 20% lighter than other similar flashlights. By using two LEDS rather than a single LED, the RS30 is brighter than similar lights by about 200% thanks to the dual beams. The maximum output of 2400 lumens and the maximum runtime of 1000 hours, at its lowest setting, makes the light 100% stronger than other lights.
One of the most distinguishing features of the Klarus is its power source. The light can use either two 18650 batteries or CR12batteries, but since the dual LEDS are on dedicated circuits, the light can function on a single 18650 or two CR12batteries. Even more astounding is the fact that the RS30 will even work if the battery types are mixed due to its intelligent power management system. The light features two battery capacity indicators that work independently of each other plus the batteries are charged separately.
The Klarus RS30 features five different brightness levels that range from 2400 lumens down to five lumens. The highest setting, turbo, and the lowest setting, moonlight, are accessed by a single press of the lower switch. The top switch of the dual side switch design provides easy one handed operation and also employs a lock out mode to prevent accidental activation.
The Nitecore TIP literally is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but powerful enough to emit up to 360 lumens using a CREE XP-GSLED. The TIP is powered by a 500mAh Li-ion battery that allows the light to run for as long as 4hours on its lowest setting. The light uses an intelligent protective circuit to protect the battery from any kind of damage due to charging.
As a keychain style light most people worry about the TIP becoming scratched, but the HA II military grade metallic surface is strong enough to resist almost every scratch. To ensure the light can withstand being carried around on a keychain the out casing is made from a high strength aluminum alloy.
The Nitecore TIP features three brightness levels, as well as a turbo mode. Unlike other lights though the turbo mode is a separate setting from the other brightness modes and can be accessed directly by pressing and holding the mode switch while the light is powered down. The TIP uses a dual switch interface, one switch powers the light on or off, while the other allows users to switch between modes.
The Nitecore MH20GT measures just 4.3inches long and has a head diameter of 1.2inches and weighs in at just over three ounces. What these numbers tell us is that the MH20GT is the smallest and lightest rechargeable light that is powered by a single 18650 battery. In fact, Nitecore tells us that this light is actually 25% smaller than other lights.
The Nitecore MH20Gt is small in size, but don’t let that fool you! It is still a very powerful flashlight. The MH20GT uses a CREE XP-L HI VLED that provides over 130% more throw when compared to lights that use the XM-LLED. The newer LED uses new SCtechnology paired with the Crystal Coating reflectors that are used in Nitecore’s products top give the MH20GT beam’s a longer reach at 1,18feet and better intensity at 33,000 candelas. Nitecore also introduced thermoelectric separation technology with this light, which optimizes it output stability and extends the life of the LED. no more having to carry around spare batteries! With the blue power indicator light, you will always be alerted to the remaining battery life because each stage will flash a different pattern.
The Nitecore MH20GT features a two stage switch that allows you to use the light with a single hand even when you are wearing gloves. The switch provides access to five different brightness levels including turbo and ultralow. The MH20GT also features three special modes that are concealed: strobe, SOS, and location beacon. Plus, the deep pocket carrying clip allows you to carry the light in your pocket without anything sticking out over the top.
The Olight R50 is the perfect handheld flashlight. It can be used for any purpose, fits comfortably in your hand, and will never let you down not even when you need it the most. The Olight R50 offers users the best of both types of light, amazing flood and an excellent throw. The R50 uses a CREE XLamp XHP50 LED to emit up to 2,500 lumens, which is twice the amount of light emitted by the R40 Seeker with its CREE XM-LLED.
The Olight R50 features three different brightness modes, plus a strobe and turbo mode. The R50 is one of the easier lights to use because all three brightness does are accessed by the side switch. Turbo mode is accessed by double clicking the side switch, while strobe mode requires the switch to be triple clicked. The built-in memory function of the R50 allows you to return to the last brightness level used. With the varying brightness levels the Olight R50 is great for outdoor activities during the night but can also be used around the house for normal everyday occasions.
The Olight SR52UT is a new and improved version of the SR5One of the best improvements offered by the Olight SR52UT is the CREE XP-L HI LED, which features the newest LED technology currently available. The LED found in the SR52UT allows the light to emit a maximum of 1,100 lumens for up to 2,62feet. The brightness and maximum beam distance makes this light an ideal choice for search and rescue, law enforcement, and other outdoor activities.
The Olight SR52Ut provides three brightness levels, so you can pick the amount of light that you need. You can also choose to use the 10Hz strobe mode. No matter what mode you select 99% of the light is transmitted through the two sided anti-reflective coated tempered glass lens. Plus, the flat tail cap allows you to stand the light on end to allow for hands free use.
The SR52UT is powered by three 18650 batteries, which are included with your purchase. The light is also compatible with CR123A batteries thanks to the wide input voltage range offered with the SR52UT. The Olight SR52UT comes with a built-in charging circuit for use with the 18650 batteries. To use the built-in charging circuit you will need to use the micro USB charging port on the light, along with the Micro-USB cable that comes with the light.
The Fenix RC40 comes complete with its very own 7.4V/7800mAh rechargeable li-ion battery that was tailor made for the RC40 specifically. The battery supports both AC chargers and DC car chargers for complete portability. The battery itself can be 100% recharged in as little as three and a half hours plus it can also serve as a power source for other digital devices thanks to its discharge USB port. The RC40 also has a battery fuel gauge that you simply press to check on the status of your battery.
The RC40 offers users five different operation modes, plus a strobe and SOS mode. Both Turbo and Strobe mode allow you to each maximum lumens for a period of one hour while the lowest setting emits 4lumens for 12hours. For those of you that prefer a tactical light rather than just a simple flood light, you will be happy to learn that the Fenix RC40 utilizes instant strobe for your tactical operations. Each of the modes are accessed via the dual side switch.
The RC40 offers protection from accidental activation as well as over-charging, over-heating, and over-discharging. The RC40 offers an intelligent memory circuit, so you can turn the light back on in the last mode you used. The RAPID SCAN BEAM technology allows your light work at your desired setting the moment you turn the light on, so no more having to wait for the light to warm up. If you are interested in really bright led flashlights check out our brightest flashlight article here.
The Thrunite TN42C is an ideal choice for search and rescue operations or just for lighting up objects in the distance because it is the brightest throw flashlight most of you have ever seen. The one thing that you want to keep in mind with the TN42C is this light should NEVER be used inside the home because of how bright it is, but the best part is how little spill the light has and its ability to light up areas 5,000 feet away.
The Thrunite TN42C uses a single CREE XHP3HI LED that has an average lifespan of 20 years. The single LED is powered by four 18650 batteries and provides users with five different brightness levels as well as a strobe mode. Turbo is the brightest level offered and can easily blind you with its 2,000 lumens, while firefly mode is perfect for maintaining your night vision as it only emits a mere 0.lumens.
The Thrunite TN42C uses ITC technology to prevent any damage to the light from potential overheating, which this technology also helps extend the life of the light. ITC technology lowers the current if the temperature in the LED or drivers reaches 17degrees Fahrenheit. The TN42C comes with a low voltage indicator that will turn from blue to red to indicate the battery needs to be replaced/charged.
Size & Weight
The size and weight of the spotlight you buy is going to largely affect how well you use it in the field and the jobs it can be pressed into service for. The smaller torches are great for raccoon hunting, running hog dogs, and tracking wounded deer through heavy brush.
Gerber Myth Spotlight
If you’re going to get a small light to take with you when you leave the truck, this is one of the best. It’s small enough to take literally anywhere you go hunting, but still, plenty the most powerful handheld spotlight to use for tracking and identifying targets.
It’s made by Gerber, the knife guys that have been making some awesome hunting equipment in recent years. This is a perfect example. It is a brightest rechargeable spotlight that uses a rechargeable battery and three high powered LEDs to produce either 600, or 100 lumens of light.
This model includes everything you need to spotlight hunt, gig frogs or track dogs. It includes two chargers, one for the house, the other for the truck, and two filters for the light, one red and one green.
Browning is a legendary company that now makes just about everything a hunter could need short of a truck and a license. They market tons of different pieces of gear and it’s all good. This is an example of one of their pieces of kit that are well worth the money and extremely useful.
This is one of the only decent disposable batteries on the market. It is made from a very high strength plastic that is durable and seals up tight so you don’t have to worry about dropping it and getting it water logged.
It has a huge comfortable handle with a lanyard, and huge trigger to turn the light on. The top has two eyelets to lash the torch onto a tent or branch to hold for light. That light topping out at 82lumens.
Primos Bloodhunter HD Blood Trailing Light Sooner or later you’re going to need to trail a wounded deer. If it’s not you, it’s going to be your buddy who guts shot a pig at night or wounded a deer or a raccoon that you need to find.
Technology can be a huge asset to this and this is a great example, it’s a light with an optimized color to make blood stand out.
It seems trivial, especially if you’ve ever been on your hands and knees looking for blood like a CSI cop! However, need this once and you’ll have it in your pack forever more. This is brought to the market b the giants at Primo’s and is a LED spotlight made for finding blood.
It includes two power setting, one for looking for blood, and one for following trails that you’ve found. This saves power so you can take advantage of the Cree LEDs for as long as possible. They top out at 600 lumens and take cr12batteries that come included.
Always buy a fixed focus bezel and make sure you follow laws on color and brightness regulations.
Do yourself a favor, buy LED. Not only does it use less power, have a brightest hunting spotlight, is smaller, lighter weight, and more compact, it’s much more rugged in the field.
You don’t have to worry about a bad hunt due to a broken or blown out bulb. LEDs are superior in a very way to bulbs and with prices coming down, there’s no reason to buy a bulb model.
Try and buy the most compact model you can Even if you’re buying a model for the truck or ATV, your arm will be less tired and be easier to maneuver with a smaller and lighter weight spotlight.
Try and buy a model that includes not only a charging cable for the wall, but also for the adapter in your truck. Some companies won’t include it and you’ll have to buy a separate charger at a high cost if they offer it at all.
Take the time to make sure you have all the batteries, and chargers you need for a full night’s hunt.
The key requirements are sufficient range and spread to allow use as a portable searchlight, coupled with reliability and a long battery life. Preferably, there should be some kind of battery meter or warning lights telling us the battery is low and either needs recharging or replacing. Ideally, the lamp should float, which means it should also be waterproof: not for underwater exploration (which would put the cost up far too much), but for using in the rain or spray and taking the occasional dunking.
Those with disposable batteries can take either AA, D cells or a lantern battery, so there is a choice. All can be purchased as rechargeable batteries: chargers are now available which will run off AC mains or 12V, making them more convenient for onboard use. Similarly, built-in rechargeable batteries should be capable of charging from either a 12V cigar lighter-type socket or AC mains.
Some lamps offer different handle positions, pistol or suitcase grip, and some provide the ability to change from one grip to the other.
Duration of battery.
Additionally, our testers tried them out for convenience of operation and ease of holding. Our range test consisted of using the lamps at night and seeing how far we could spot an object in the water. We used a football suspended over the water as our target. For the battery duration we used a data logger coupled with a light sensor. This was able to plot a graph of light strength in lux against time (seconds). Thus we were able to see how the battery performed over time.
Blue Spot 30 LED
This rechargeable spotlight features an auto-discharge shut-off function to prolong battery life. Comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery: a red light flashes when the battery is low, then stays on when charging. When fully charged, a green light comes on. Charge time is approximately six hours, and it will operates for approximately three hours on one full charge. Supplied with mains charger only. The unit has a protection function which prevents the light being turned on while under charge.
ON TEST: The lightest lamp tested, and very much a handy spotlight with the shortest range. The lithium-ion battery charges quickly and a light warns when it’s time for a charge, but it has a fairly short duration. Useful wrist lanyard.
Draper 3W LED Rechargeable Spotlight
TEST: Moderate range, but good battery duration, light weight and reasonable charging time. The fixed handle and no stand limits flexible use.
Draper Expert 5W CREE LED waterproof
The only fully waterproof lamp from the Draper range has a single CREE LED. The waterproof and shockproof ABS casing has an IP6rating so it is protected against dust and high-pressure water jets. The LED is powered by three AA batteries: range or duration time is not specified. With a fixed pistol grip and trigger switch, a second press puts the LEDs on a lower power, and a further press is required to switch the light off.
The switch can be locked in the on or off modes. A stand enables the light to be set at varying angles from horizontal to vertical. A wrist strap from the pistol grip and a detachable shoulder carry strap are provided.
ON TEST: The most popular lamp with testers, who liked its light weight, robustness, waterproofness, lockable switch and wrist lanyard. Commendable beam range and battery duration.
Draper Expert 6V 2.4W
A 6V lamp with an impact-resistant rubber housing and a krypton bulb. A swivelling stand offers six positions between horizontal and vertical. The handle is of the open suitcase type with the micro on-off switch conveniently located for thumb operation when being carried. Powered by non-rechargeable batteries, either four D-type cells or a lantern battery. The D-type cells made it the heaviest lamp tested. No range or battery life specified.
ON TEST: Robust, weatherproof construction, very much the heavyweight on the test and with an unsteady stand. Good light range and a surprising battery life when fitted with extra-heavy-duty D batteries: the light reduced in intensity but was still useful up to 1hours. Water-resistant casing.
Unilite LED Floating lantern PS-L2
Only the Unilite lamps are designed to float in water with the beam upright. This one has passed the ingress protection standard with a 5category. A single LED puts out 200 lumens and is directed through a bi-convex lens giving a claimed range of 170m. The body has high impact resistance. Comes with a fixed suitcase-style closed handle and an attachment point for a wrist strap (not provided). Designed to take a disposable lantern battery (not supplied standard). A rechargeable lantern battery is available as an accessory with a suitable charger.
ON TEST: The second most popular lamp. Testers liked its waterproofness and robustness coupled with good range and long battery life.
Unilite Rubber Weather Proof LED lantern
Has a similar light specification to the Unilite PS-L2, but with an extra-tough synthetic industrial-grade rubber casing claimed to withstand a 1m drop. Floats with the light shining upwards, and has a claimed beam range of 160m and run time of five hours on a lantern battery. Also comes with a rear charging point for use with Unilite rechargeable lantern batteries. Handle is closed suitcase type: no pistol grip option. Rubber casing is high friction so it resists sliding, but when resting horizontally on its base, it will fall over on a slope of around 15°.
ON TEST: A robust, non-slip casing coupled with a good beam range and battery duration make this a worthwhile investment, though it is pricey and would benefit from not having the charging point access which creates a waterproofing weakness.
Rechargeable batteries versus disposable
Our four rechargeable batteries were either a sealed lead acid (B&Q Diall, Kingslite 3W LED) or lithium-ion (Blue Spot, Draper LED). The lithium-ion batteries have the advantage of a faster charge rate – typically five hours versus 1hours for the lead acid – and weigh less, but with a price premium. Both types require regular charging, so if left on a boat some sort of charging regime would require establishing, perhaps with a stick-on label to record charging dates.
The high current demand from halogen and tungsten bulbs gives a short duration. Here the LEDs really score, giving much more useful battery life whether with rechargeables or disposables. Disposable batteries can be purchased with different capacities, with a premium price on the long-life variety such as Duracell. Most manufacturers offer long-life and even extra-long-life cells. The unit price comes down when purchasing larger pack quantities.
D-cell and AA batteries can be purchased in rechargeable form, the majority now being Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMh). I use two in my Garmin 7handheld GPS and they will last up to six hours of continuous use before requiring recharging.
The situation we seek to avoid at all costs is the battery failing at a critical time in use. This is much less likely with LED bulbs. The advantage disposable batteries offer is the ability to quickly change to another set (providing you have them on board!).
The headlamps in this guide are not recommended for mountain biking (you need something brighter) or hunting, nor are they appropriate for military purposes, tactical use, or rescue (you need something with colored LED lights, and color temperature might matter, too). And they are not the right choice for caving, diving, or underwater photography (you need something seriously waterproof).
How we picked and tested
Lights that make you seen can greatly improve your visibility to road users when riding at night. They ensure that car drivers can see you from a distance and be alerted to your presence. Almost all bicycle lights use LED bulbs as they are more reliable and use much less battery power, whilst also offering much higher levels of brightness. Used in flashing mode, they are very good at attracting attention from other road users.
How to choose a sensor light
LED vs. Incandescent: depending on your requirements, there is a need for choosing between these two technologies. LEDs are however more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan. Watts vs. Lumens: it is better to consider the Lumens which is the amount of light produced then compare it the different watt requirements to identify which light is more energy-efficient at the same output. Range: other than the illumination, the range of the motion sensor is crucial. This measures how far into the darkness the system can detect sensor movement. At least 40 feet is considered adequate.
Litom SOLAR LIGHTS OUTDOOR 2LEDs
The Litom solar light has 2LED with LEDs on both sides for a wider coverage and increased performance. The light is super bright and very easy to set up as it does not need setting up wires. Its motion sensor can detect movement 2feet away.
Mr. Beams MB330 Wireless LED Spotlight
The MB330 by Mr. Beams is a top of the line battery-powered wireless LED lighting product for home use. It produces 140 Lumens enough to light up driveway, yards or entryways. Its motion detector senses up to 30 feet away to turn on the lights automatically. A single set of batteries can power up to 1800 activations before requiring replacement.
Miserwe Solar Led Lights Pack
The Miserwe solar light has a weatherproof design and a sensing range of feet and 120 degrees for excellent performance. It is easy to set up on the wall in a place with direct access to sunlight to recharge the battery. It can work for four continuous days on a full charge, making it perfect for areas with low sunshine.
MICROSOLAR 120 LED
So in this review of MicroSolar 120 LED we will try to explain as clearly as possible why this is the best solar flood light you should buy.
MicroSolar 120 LED flood light is charged by a 10W polycrystalline solar panel. Polycrystalline solar panels are between the most used ones not only for solar lighting but also for full scale solar systems thanks their high efficiency and good pricing. 10W output power is decent enough to charge its batteries and metal frame will hold it in place nicely. Nothing more to add, a good choice of panel in our opinion.
The battery used in this fixture is a 4000 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. We always value that manufacturers are using lithium-ion batteries instead of some older options such as Ni-Cd or lead acid that has many drawbacks when compared to lithium batteries. The capacity of the battery is good enough to provide an average of 8-hours continuous illumination time with full charge, and if the weather has been especially sunny for few days, you can even expect it to go full 1hours with a full charge, so this can surely be considered a dusk-to-dawn flood light. The battery is mounted inside the flood light, so the light is able to illuminate also when the solar panel has been disconnected form the lamp.
One important aspect when considering solar lights is how easy it will be to get a replacement batteries, because after about or years (depending on the type of battery) you will need to look for a replacement battery. Luckily, MicroSolar is selling replacement batteries for their solar products, so it should be easy to buy one when you will need it.
To be able to provide a continuous illumination from dusk to dawn the flood light has got a photo cell sensor built into the solar panel. When the photosensor detects that it gets dark outside, it will automatically turn the light on and similarly, when it starts to get brighter outside in the morning, the light will stop illuminating and start charging the battery using the solar panel. While reviewing other lights, we found out that some didn’t even have an on/off switch so you couldn’t control when the light illuminates and when not. Fortunately, MicroSolar 120 LED light has got an on/off switch on the bottom of the light, so you can actually turn the light off if you don’t need it at night.
As mentioned previously, the solar flood light is manufactured by a company called MicroSolar. If you have ever shopped around for solar light, you should be familiar with the name MicroSolar, as they manufacture plenty popular solar lighting products. As we have been around the solar lighting industry for some years now, we have seen many Chinese manufacturers come and go and only few best ones who really care about their customers and provide an exceptional customer service have been able to stay around for longer. And MicroSolar is one of them. We can definitely recommend this manufacturer as you can be pretty sure to get a replacement unit if something is wrong with you light and you will also be able to get spare parts, such as replacement batteries, for your light in the future.
Best of all, the TP-Link bulbs don’t require any sort of smart hub to function, so there’s no need to buy a starter kit or pay extra for a hub – once you buy a bulb, that’s it, making these an especially good choice for anyone who only wants one or two smart lights, and not a whole house worth.
All of the bulbs other than the cheapest LB100 model also come with energy monitoring, so you can see how much energy you’ve used and plan your usage accordingly.
Connectivity is reliable, with only one brief network drop in our testing time, and our biggest complaint is that at just 800 lumens these aren’t the brightest bulbs around – but they should be enough to suit most uses.
Lightwave is a smart lighting solution that’s a bit different to the others in this round-up, since it requires you to replace your light switches rather than the light bulbs themselves. It is ideal for homes with multiple spotlights that would otherwise be incredibly expensive to individually replace, and also means that when one bulb blows you can just buy a regular replacement. Sadly, it’s UK-only for now.
The Web Link will also manage other smart home devices from the company – you can set up devices that control your hot water and individual room heating, motion detection, and the opening and closing of blinds or curtains. You can also install smart switches on your plug sockets that allow you to turn on and off power when required.
Lightwave has a companion app through which you can turn on and off the switches from your phone or tablet, and through which you can set up schedules or timers that are ideal if you are going on holiday.
Elgato Avea Flare
You create ‘rules’ for the lamps to work and these can be for them to turn on and off at sunset and sunrise, or at times you choose. They can be individually named and controlled, and you can even set a dimming period so the lamp fades in to your set brightness over a few minutes (or even up to 30 minutes). You can also define a sleep period, so the bulb will turn off after a set time, just like a TV or radio.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your rechargeable spotlight wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of rechargeable spotlight
- №1 — TITAN M10 Rechargeable Spotlight 10W LED – 1000 Lumens High Powered Flashlight – Built In Stand & Phone Charger – Perfect For Camping
- №2 — Bright Rechargeable Searchlight handheld LED Flashlight Tactical Flashlight with Handle CREE L2 Spotlight 1200 Lumens Ultra-long Standby Electric Torch with USB OUTPUT as a Power Bank
- №3 — STANLEY FATMAX SL10LEDS Rechargeable 2