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    Default Has anyone seen the spotlight at costco lately? Its Huge!

    I was walking through costco looking for flashlights like every time i go there, saw some p60 style 3 for's and then I saw this HUGE spotlight. Maybe the pictures don't do them justice, but this thing had to be almost a foot tall. The reflector was big too. It only said 880 lumens though, and had no candlepower rating. Has anyone bought one of these lately? It was pretty cheap. I cant find it on their website though.

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    I can't see the back end of the light but from the front, the host looks to be the same as Costco's original "Costco HID". Does it have a horizontally hinged back door for access to the 12V aux power source and 120V recharging cords? The original Costco came out somewhere in late 2004 or sometime in 2005, IIRC. If it's the same light, those who want an original Costco HID should snap them up for conversion to HID. The reflectors, while a little ringy, throw forever. What was the price? May have to check out my local store.
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    I have something similar called "THOR!"
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    I still have my original Costco HID's and I've had the 10 and 15 mcd Thors. The thors, while made by the same China MFG, did not have the built-in 120V charging cord nor the 12V cigarette lighter power source cord. Also, they were a completely different shape and from a different mold. The Costco later showed up and exists today as the Titanium Mega Illuminator.
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    It has been a long time since I posted here on CPF, but I saw this spotlight at Costco today during my lunch break and I decided to pick it up. I knew that the good people here at CPF would have some comments about it.

    I can answer some of the questions asked but keep in mind that I haven't opened my box yet and fired up my spotlight. I did closely inspect the one on display at my local Costco though before I bought mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by BVH View Post
    Does it have a horizontally hinged back door for access to the 12V aux power source and 120V recharging cords?
    No, it's a vertical hinge on the left side of the door. (With left being from the perspective of looking at the rear of the light like when you're opening the rear door.) The hinge's vertical steel pin can just barely be seen in TheRealDoodle's photo right above the rear leg of the stand.

    The 12 V DC and 120 V AC cords are hard wired inside the light's body. They are not separate cords that plug into a socket on the outside of the light's body like my other two 12 V spotlights have.

    The battery is a 12 V, 7 Ah SLA cell.

    Quote Originally Posted by BVH View Post
    What was the price?
    $47.99 at my local Costco. It's not too expensive considering that the body is pretty sturdy compared to other made in China 12 V SLA powered spotlights. It is a halogen H4 bulb though, not HID. What did the Costco HID spotlights cost when they were available? This new halogen one appears to have an identical body to that one. The only difference is that it lacks the ballast and other things necessary for the HID bulb. It looks like an ideal host for an HID mod, one of the reasons why I bought it.

    The reflector on this light is huge. It's much larger in diameter and depth than my other halogen spolight, a Peak model. I suspect that it will throw much further, but I'll find out later this weekend when I take it out at night to try to spot Santa flying overhead.

    BVH, what sort of charging system is in your Costco HID? Does it automatically stop charging when the SLA battery is fully charged or does it overcharge the battery if left plugged in to either 12 V DC or 120 V AC? I'm asking because I already have a peak detecting SLA charger that I use for my other two spotlights, but it would be a pain to connect it to the battery terminals on my new Costco one. To get the battery out of the Costco one to reach the terminals, you have to remove some screws that secure the battery inside and then slide it out. It's not a huge pain, but I've gotten spoiled by my other two lights that have a charge terminal on the outside of their bodies.

    That is...assuming that the Costco HID spotlight has the same internal charging system as this new halogen one.
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    By horizontally hinged door, I meant that the door opens horizontally so I see that it does and it has the attached charging and alt power source cords. So Costco has re-introduced the original Costco HID in the Halogen flavor. IIRC, the HID's might have been around $36.00 - 49.00? Can't really remember but they were definitely a bargain. Both of mine have been modded with high output ballasts and use RC type Lipo packs so I balance charge them with special connectors right inside the back door. I do not remember if the on board charger terminates completely. The reflector should be in the neighborhood of 9" IIRC.
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    Well i could get the SM5200 55W HID for usd88 shipped. So not too bad... You can see me in the reflectors. The one on the left is the Ti Innovations illuminator/Power On Board/Amondotech 3152 6".



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    Default Re: Has anyone seen the spotlight at costco lately? Its Huge!

    I have one of those but the battery only lasts for 10 mins. My fenix TK-41 has easily replaced it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BVH View Post
    The reflector should be in the neighborhood of 9" IIRC.
    That's correct, the reflector is just under 9 inches in diameter.

    I got the chance to charge up my new Costco halogen spotlight last night and I immediately lit up the sky above my backyard. I donít know about how accurate the 880 lumen rating on the box is but itís definitely not a super bright spotlight. It doesnít appear to be as bright as my Peak PKCOTH spotlight, which is also halogen, but it has a 100 W H4 bulb, while the Costco one is only a 60 W H4 bulb.

    The beam pattern has a much tighter hot spot compared to the one of my Peak. Itís not as tight as the hot spot of my Sunforce HID though, which has the tightest hot spot of any spotlight Iíve ever seen. (That is the best throw beast for the price of any light Iíve used so far.) Iíll probably be upgrading the bulb rather than go for a full out HID conversion right now because the HIDs are bit more than I want to spend at this time. I can always put the higher wattage bulb in my Peak spotlight when I upgrade the Costco one to HID.

    I did not get a chance to take the light to my spotlight proving grounds so I donít know what its throw distance is.

    I did use the built-in charge cord. The two LEDs on the side of the lightís body did indicate a full charge but I donít know if the charger cut off and completely stopped charging the battery. The next time Iíll try and verify that with a multimeter. Interestingly, the light would not work while the charger was plugged into a wall socket. After unplugging the charger, then the light fired up normally. I donít know if thatís the case with the 12 V DC cord because I didnít get the chance to use it.

    The light itself is massive. Itís by far the largest spotlight that Iíve ever used. Itís also the heaviest. Its large diameter head would be kind of a pain to live with if I had to carry the big fella around a lot but it is rubberized like the handle so it wonít do too much damage to anything that it bumps into. The included shoulder strap is very nice. It has a very wide nylon strap and heavy metal clips at both ends. The pad on the strap is made from sticky black rubber. The clips attach to sturdy loops molded into the top of the plastic light body. Unlike with the attachment points on my Sunforce HID spotlight, the ones on the Costco halogen spotlight allow the clips to sit up high when the shoulder strap is in use so that both the strap and the clips stay well above the lightís body and out of the way.

    The on/off switch is not very conveniently located. Itís just far enough away from the handle so it is a bit of a stretch to press it with my thumb and thus one handed operation is a bit tricky. Like my Peak halogen spotlight, the Costco one requires two handed operation. Note that I have very small hands and short fingers so you might have better luck with operating it with just one hand. When it comes to one handed operation though, itís tough to beat the Sunforce HID with its thumb switch right on top of the handle.

    I havenít had the chance to open up the body of the light, but based on its large exterior dimensions it appears to have lots of room inside for an HID upgrade. If there isnít enough room inside for a ballast, it can be mounted on the large flat bottom of the body. Iíll leave my HID upgrades for later on though. The interior space is taken up a little bit by the 12 V DC and 110 V AC charge cords which conveniently store inside right above the 12 V, 7 Ah Sealed Lead Acid battery, but they could easily be cut off and removed if more space is needed.

    Overall itís a nice light if you donít have to carry it around for a long time. Its large size has its benefits though as it probably is one of the easiest lights to modify. It is also a very impressive looking light with its huge diameter reflector and head assembly. It certainly makes a statement without even being turned on. For $47.99 itís a pretty good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2100 View Post
    Well i could get the SM5200 55W HID for usd88 shipped. So not too bad... You can see me in the reflectors. The one on the left is the Ti Innovations illuminator/Power On Board/Amondotech 3152 6".


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealDoodle View Post
    Put your clothes on... Lol
    I would, if the temperature's like Vancouver over here. But it's hot like crazy usually, it rained for the past 2 weeks so it's pretty ok (26-28 deg C at night, that's already considered pretty cool)

    Most caucasians come here and by the 3rd day, their white pinkish skin looks roasted. (really!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2100 View Post
    I would, if the temperature's like Vancouver over here. But it's hot like crazy usually, it rained for the past 2 weeks so it's pretty ok (26-28 deg C at night, that's already considered pretty cool)

    Most caucasians come here and by the 3rd day, their white pinkish skin looks roasted. (really!)
    Wow, I didn't realize. Are you guys going through summer right now? upper 80's would be nice over here in december.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealDoodle View Post
    Wow, I didn't realize. Are you guys going through summer right now? upper 80's would be nice over here in december.
    We are just at 1 deg north of the equator, so yeah it's always summer here.

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    BVH,

    I was just wondering, did you ever get the chance to stop by a local Costco to take a look at this new halogen spotlight? I'm very curious about the similarities and differences between it and your Costco HID spotlight, particularly in the reflector shape/design. I'm hoping that I can make a replica of the Costco HID with this halogen version just by installing an HID kit and getting the same performance in the end.

    That's in the future though as I'm first going to do a halogen bulb upgrade on it to see if the performance improves over the stock configuration with the 60 W bulb.

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    Yes, I forgot to report. Unfortunately, I saw no lights on display after traversing the entire store.
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    I got the BIG Costco light for Christmas. It was not on my wish list, but the fam knows I've got issues with "toys".
    It will be modded, I'm certain of this! In the meantime, I'll pop in a Sylvania SilverStar Ultra and check for voltage-drop
    at the usual places.
    Interesting low-beam, for sure.
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    Bezel has a positioning slot.
    And it's a real metal reflector. It'll take some heat!

    This rig.....has some growth potential.
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    Thanks for the update BVH. I have three Costcos in my area that I visit all the time. I found the big halogen spotlight at two of them but the third one never had it in stock.

    I installed the Hella 130 W H4 bulb in mine tonight. It finally arrived via UPS today. It dropped right in and I didn't have to shim the bulb to make the beam tighter. It was as tight as it could be in the original position without any shims.

    The new bulb is definitely much brighter than the original 60 W one and even brighter than the 100 W H4 bulb in my Peak halogen PKCOTH spotlight. It's not as bright as the 35 W HID in my Sunforce spotlight though. The hot spot size is the same as before with the stock bulb.

    Unfortunately it is a foggy night here so I didn't get the chance to do any distance testing tonight. Wouldn't you know it that all week long we've had perfectly clear nights but the *one* night that my new halogen bulb arrived, then the fog rolls in. :P I'll test it some more this weekend.

    I'm going to check the charging system to see if it turns off after the battery is fully charged. It's still charging right now as I type this.

    So far though I'm very happy with my Costco spotlight. It's not as good as my Sunforce HID, but then again it didn't cost as much either.

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    I forgot to mention that if you remove the reflector, bezel, and lens assembly, you can easily see where the ballast for the HID version of this spotlight was mounted. The bosses for the screws can easily be seen in there on the front wall of the battery compartment. I'm not too up on HID ballast sizes as I've only seen a few of them in person, but I think that one could easily be mounted right there without too much hassle.

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    I was looking at this light the other day, I was wondering if it would be a good hid host. Ill follow his thread and maybe I'll have my answer.

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    I tested the charging system on my Costco spotlight last night and this morning. When I went to bed, the LED charge status indicator went to green, indicating a full charge. I left it plugged into the 120 V AC wall outlet and checked the voltage at the battery terminals with my digital multimeter. It read 13.2 V. I risked overcharging my brand new 12 V SLA cell by leaving the charger plugged into the wall outlet all night.

    The very first thing I did the next morning (today) was check up on my spotlight. As before, the green LED was still lit. I left the charger plugged in and checked the battery voltage again. It was exactly the same as the night before, 13.2 V. I then left the meter connected to the battery terminals as I unplugged the charger from the wall outlet. The battery voltage remained rock steady at 13.2 V.

    I just checked the battery voltage a few minutes ago, which would be about 12 hours after my reading this morning. It was 13.1 V.

    So, the moral to the story is that this new spotlight does indeed have a charging circuit that terminates so the battery will not be overcharged if it is left plugged in for a very long time. That is a very good thing in my book because now I can charge more than one of my spotlights at the same time. I only have one peak detecting charger for 12 V SLA batteries so it can become very time consuming to use that one charger to recharge all of my spotlights individually. Now I can charge up the big fella while using my other charger on another spotlight without worrying about overcharging anything.

    This is, in my opinion, an *excellent* spotlight. It is well made with very good components. I've never had a spotlight with a built-in peak detecting charger so that is a major plus. The only disadvantages are that it's quite large, which is not too much of a negative when you look at the size of the reflector that results in very good throw, and that it's not HID. Being a halogen spotlight isn't too much of a minus factor either because it opens up some opportunities for fun modifications.

    I give it two big thumbs up. If anyone is out there looking for an affordable HID host, I'd suggest getting one of these big lights before they're gone from Costco's shelves. Remember how long it took after the HID versions disappeared before these finally showed up. I never thought that I'd get my hands on one.

    I'll be leaving mine halogen powered for the time being as I don't have the extra funds at the moment to buy an HID kit. I still haven't gotten the chance to really test out my Hella 130 W bulb upgrade yet as it's still too foggy to get a good judge of its performance.


    If anyone does convert theirs to HID, please post the details right here so others like myself can get some ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IgNITEor View Post
    I Interesting low-beam, for sure.

    Are you referring to the semi-circular beam pattern? My Peak halogen light has the same pattern when on low-beam.

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    Is there any kind of SKU # or Costco part # on the box? That way I could have my local Costco's do a search on their in store computer.
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    I saw that the other day while walking around with my wife. When i pointed it out to her, her reaction was, "NO!!!!"...

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    I saw that the other day while walking around with my wife. When i pointed it out to her, her reaction was, "NO!!!!"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisdm View Post
    I saw that the other day while walking around with my wife. When i pointed it out to her, her reaction was, "NO!!!!"...
    Hehe, that's why you have to buy it when she's not with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parker VH View Post
    Is there any kind of SKU # or Costco part # on the box? That way I could have my local Costco's do a search on their in store computer.
    Thanks.
    The box has absolutely no indication who actually made the light. It just says "Imported by Costco Wholesale Corporation" on the side. The front of the box says the following:

    ITM./ART. 548284

    The SKU number is 9364501515.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoboy5150 View Post
    The box has absolutely no indication who actually made the light. It just says "Imported by Costco Wholesale Corporation" on the side. The front of the box says the following:

    ITM./ART. 548284

    The SKU number is 9364501515.
    Thanks I'll call my local store and see if they can find anything.
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    A simple setup like this light could sure use a poor man's voltage regulator, aka boost converter.
    If there is such an animal?
    I'm waiting for one of the other soldering brothers to step up and try such a build. Best application for halogen lamps.
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    The only talk of such a device was years ago when now absent member Newbie was going to make one for all the Thors that were around at the time. Never happened unfortunately. IIRC, it was going to drive the bulb at a little over 14 V.
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