Last edited by Entrope; 05-23-2012 at 05:58 AM.
Last edited by Entrope; 05-23-2012 at 05:57 AM.
With the weather getting nicer, the HellFighter has been getting a bit more use.
A freind was over last weekend and was freakin' out about how bright it was and how far it throws.
I've sold off most of my collection, but the HellFighter will likely be sticking around for some time.
"I have to go return some video tapes." -Patrick Bateman
That's a nice video of the hellfighter in action.
ShortArc , first of all let me say that I truly enjoyed reading this thread as well as looking at the pics and videos from you and all others as well . I live in South Texas and just aquired several new Hellfighters and am in the process of getting power cords and power supply parts ordered as mine did not come with either yet they are brand new in the factory Pelican cases . Both were purchased on Ebay . Question is , I was about to buy 12V motorcycle batteries and mount them inside a Pelican iM2050 Storm case along with an onboard charger for recharging and install a normal 12V lighter receptacle on top to plug my power cord into . I just read the full article that informs me that the Hellfighters shuts off between 11.5 to 12Volts . This being said , I would guess that my 12V motorcycle battery pack dream is shot all to crap . What would you suggest as a chargable , cost effective power source that can be charged in a relatively short amount of time or carry spare batteries ready to go . the BB290's ??? Then get the charger for them ??? As a car guy and NOT an electronics guy , I thought I had this whipped ! LOL
I am resurrecting this thread to celebrate buying a Hellfighter and rechargeable kit from BrighterisBetter.
I cannot wait to see what this supremely awesome illumination tool can do. I may need to find a bigger field to test it with.
Scout campouts will never be the same.
Incidentally, any Hellfighter owners still enjoying their lights? Any suggestions regarding ownership and usage are quite welcome.
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
Congrats Socom! I was thinking what I could trade for that one in the WTT section...maybe a gun or something. Can't wait to hear (or see ) what it is does! Some photos and beamshot's are in order when it arrives!
We got some beam shots but the wind was messing with us a little so they didn't turn out like we planned. It was moving the tripod and we were holding the light by hand which didn't help either.
We were standing on the bank of the Mississippi river (Iowa side), Here is one shot lighting up a construction site a little less than a mile away.
We're going to gear back up soon and go back for some better pics using 2 tripods. That light was very impressive though, we were lighting up houses on the other side of the river.. in another state
Too many lights.... Not enough darkness.
When Superdave and I were doing the photoshoot of my Hellfighter, it really impressed me just how much light the HID's put out, as well as how much they really THROW. The pictures that get posted don't do these throwmonsters justice. The HID lights are really quite amazing in person, looking like huge lasers that shoot forever into the night.
Because both Dave and I work on a riverboat on the Mississippi, we see barges with various different spotlights being used on the river. The Hellfighter is rated at 35 watts, which is VERY impressive to see in person. The spotlight on our boat is 100 watts (don't know if it is HID or not...) Boats on the Mississippi generally seem to have approximately 75 to 100 watt spots (very rough guess-timate based on what I've seen and heard).
But when I think of some of you HID'ers who have 50 watt, 100 watt, 200 watt, 400 watt HID's, etc..., I can only imagine how those look.
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"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The picture with the measuring tape finally gives me a good idea of the size. Mentally, I had always thought of the Hellfighter as a 12" bezel. It comes as quite a shock to realize it is much smaller than I imagined.
4 inch is definitely very manageable.
Sigh.....one of the things I don't think I'll ever get to own (I'd probably get in trouble trying to ship it to begin with).
Time to go light up my $50 Vector 35W HID in its plastic case and pretend!! (the poor man's hardware store solution)
(I did put A123's into it though - the sealed lead acid was getting way too heavy.)
edit nvm just read more and answered my own question
Last edited by Solscud007; 09-27-2010 at 11:14 PM.
Collecting is not about what you have but rather what you DONT have . . . yet.
ABTOMAT: "Newer Surefire lights strike me as the result of CNC programmers saying to each other "Hold my beer and watch THIS."
I had quite a few inquiries regarding which power packs to use.
Lately I have replaced my original A123 source with LiMnNi Rechargeable 26650 Cell: 3.7V 4000 mAh, 10A. They are higher capacity and a larger voltage span hence more runtime. A 4S1P pack will last over an hour. You can find these cell here:
Unfortunately, the "Shotgun Tubes" are no longer made....
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excellent thread....anyone want to trade a hellfighter for my entire collection?
Being the paranoid freak that I am, can one get spare bulbs for the Hellfighter? Or do I not need to worry about the bulb burning out. As for vibration and damage, this thing is designed to be mounted on an M2 so it should be good for some abuse eh?
Depending on how often you plan on using it, it should last a very long time. A lot of people end up comparing LEDs to HID bulbs based purely on lumen output, apples and oranges.
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Funniest CPF thread ever. I promise it'll make your day.
Awesome light , Love Surefire !!
Cmacclel (Mac) is in the middle of a "little" Hellfighter project (more on this later) which required a good look at how the HF is wired.
Mac took some pictures of the PCB contacting the handle and internally going to the ballast. I posted a few of these pictures with his permission (post #1).
Stay tuned to see what add on Mac will (hopefully) be offering is short term .
Last edited by ShortArc; 02-24-2012 at 08:11 AM.
I've seen this light for sale at B&H for years now but was shocked at the price. Really interesting thread though. Sorry it's so old that a lot of the pics are gone.
Great thread most of the pics are working for me as well.
I just got myself a Hellfire with no cable so this thread was just what I was looking for you got to love CPF.
WTB: DEF1, DEF2 & DEF3A Z44 Bezels with logo’s ? Any logo, Old Z44 bezel's HA or Black good $$ paid for mint ones the ones with no bezel ring lexan type early version, Laser products Z41 tail caps HA or BLK mint also.
congrats on your hellfighter!!! I want one, but i'm just not there yet.
My lightsWTB: Surefire: New/Used/Rare. Currently looking for everything Crosshairs + D2. Interesting trades available.Everybody, just send your lights directly to James - he'll end up with them anyhow, lol. -Kestrel