I plan to go on night-time nature hikes in the rainforests of Costa Rica this summer and am looking for the following qualities in a flashlight:
1. Very wide-floody beam (I want peripheral space (edges of trail) to be well illuminated)
2. Very bright
3. Good color/contrast viewability.
4. Very long run time (aka, over 10 hours)
Factors that don't matter as much are size/weight, or top-of-line throw. I don't think the tactical lights (such as compact led based surefires or inovas) will work because their battery life won't last long enough in the field. I need a larger battery capacity, and a wider/floodier beam.
Am I best off simply getting some sort of xenon flood/lantern light, or should I go with led or incandescent? Thanks!
BTW, I've tried the Inova X03 but the beam is too focused, and battery life is too short. I like that the mag led's have over 20 hour run times, but don't have enough brightness, beam smoothness, or flood.
I like those cheapo yellow flood lights seen at walmart/target with the 6V battery taped underneath them, (great battery life, wide beam) but they aren't bright enough.
I'm willing to carry a heavier light to accomplish my goals.
Update: i just found the Pelican KingLite Pro 4000. It looks like it might be a good contender! http://www.opticsplanet.net/pelican-...lashlight.html
It has 250 lumens, 12 hour battery life, and about $65.