Went camping on Urupukpuka Island over Xmas for two weeks and got to play with my new lights.
One evening I had to take my daughter up the hill to the toilets and while waiting for her outside some smart **** on a yacht in the harbour thought it funny to pin me with a spotlight.
Well I gave him a couple of minutes with his little yellow halogen bulb and then got ticked off! Now it just happened I was carrying my 65w HID with me so I held it pointing into the ground and turned it on. That meant he had another two minutes to turn off his light while mine warmed up.
I could hear him and his mates laughing and probably saying how good his light was. (Easy 400m ge)
No I would never normally shine this light near anyone but these people seemed to think it amusing.
I swung the light up and briefly flooded his boat in a brilliant white light. You could hear the expletives as they turned away and shielded their eyes. He instantly turned off his light as the whole boats party atmosphere died. Needless to say we weren’t hassled by him again.
Funny letting friends use it, they were blown away. People on their moorings were shinning lights on the hills (150m ge) away and we’d turn on the HID from the opposite side of the bay (550m ge) and drown out their lights.
After a week on the island I came to the conclusion that quite frankly the hid was too bright to be of any practical use. Too bright to navigate into the bay to anchor. Too bright to check the boats on their moorings (200m ge). And it’s only 65W, what on earth do you guys do with your “real” HID’s? In fact even the beloved TK 35 had to be used on moderate power. Wish I’d had it back when I was opossum hunting. (legal here.)
The only time the HID was useable was for proving I had the brightest torch they’d ever seen. Everyone loved the light, just need to find a use for it.
Best play light of the week was the C78 Flood-to-Throw Cree Q3-WC. This is not the same as the lenser. With a lithium battery it is a killer. Checking the boats at 200m with a single aa size torch was amazing. Definitely the queen of the camp. And it’s a “junk light”. I love it.