Vector VEC139S mini-review + potos

idleprocess

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QUICK SPECS
  • Light source 2x H3-100 bulbs (primary) + unknown festoon bulb (utility)
  • Type Handheld Spotlight
  • Switch
    Trigger with safety (primary)
    Slide switch (mode-select & utility)
  • Operation
  • Operational sequence Momentary - on (Primary)
    of | on (utility)
  • Driver Direct
  • Power source 2x SLA batteries 6V 6Ah (CP0660)
  • Focus fixed
  • Beam narrow spot
  • Construction Molded ABS
  • Environmental
    Water resistance: None
    Shock resistance: Moderate
    Crush resistance: Good
  • Avilability
    Target

PHOTOS

Flat View


Size reference - in reviewer's larger-than-average hand


Front Perspective


Rear Perspective


Head detail - rear


Utility Lamp detail


Reflector detail


Lower assembly detail


Upper assembly detail


Head assembly detail


H3-100W bulb


Safety: closed


Safety: open


Test scene - room lighting


Test scene - Utility light


Test scene - Single beam


Test scene - Dual beam


Beam at ~15'
(Because of a digicam that insists on auto-adjusting EV despite being set at -2 stops, dual and single beamshots look almost exactly the same. Rest assured that dual output is twice single...)



Test scene with florescent lighting


(Snide) COMMENTS
  • Disgustingly bright spotlight
  • Alignment of primary beams is less than perfect
  • Estimated runtime:
    Single beam - < 40 min
    Dual beam - < 20 min
  • Light is heavy at ~7lbs, but does balance well due to battery locations opposite handle
  • Utility light is handy for close-up work without completely destroying
  • Light does not throw as far as comparable single-beam spotlights due to reflector "overlap"
  • Charging is not regulated - accepts center-positive 2.1mm barrel plug for charging and features automotive 12V adaptor
  • Should accept easier-to-find H3-55 bulbs for longer runtime at reduced output
  • Pricey at ~$35 each when the Thor-X is available at Costco for ~$25 but a decent value relative to most other comparable models
  • Suggested use: Spotlight/Searchlight
 
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markdi

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are you sure about those run time figures ?

if you are getting 75 to 85 watts to each bulb

you would need a battery twice the size of the 7 amp hour sla thor battery to get 30/40 minutes runtime with both bulbs lit up.

at 85 watts per bulb you would need a 112 watt hour battery - not including losses in the battery.

160/180 watt hour sla would do it.
 

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6AH * 12V == 72 WH.

100W / 12V == 8.3333A ... 200W / 12V == 16.6666A

6 AH / 16.6666 == ~0.36 Hr == 21.6 minutes. Oops. I plead fatigue-induced carelessness /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

markdi

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do not forget internal cell resistance - you will loose quite a bit of the batterys energy to internal cell resistance - even if you are running only one bulb.

a 100 watt thor(around 80 watts to the bulb) only runs about 35/40 minutes or so on its 84 watt hour sla battery.

I doubt that the vector bulbs are getting enough voltage to actually be running at 100 watts.

especially with both of them on at the same time.

my 100 watt vector with it's 3ah 12 volt sla would not run 10 minutes continious.

after I modded it to hid(40 watts draw from the battery) it would run for around 20 minutes or so on the 3ah 12 volt sla.

I put a 12 cell 4.5 ah nimh c cell battery pack in my hid
vector and now it runs for over 1 hour 20 minutes.

it also lost weight(under 4 pounds now) - a low carb diet ha ha

my 88 year old grandpa was using my hid vector in the kitchen looking for a strainer that was buried in the back of one of the kitchen cabnets.

why he wanted that much light - who knows but he found it.
 

3rd_shift

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Now, you didn't burn a hole in the wall with those strong beams did you?
I used to walk up to people at work and warm them up with that light in much the same manner as hotfooting someone with a lighted match. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crackup.gif
 

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[ QUOTE ]
markdi said:
a 100 watt thor(around 80 watts to the bulb) only runs about 35/40 minutes or so on its 84 watt hour sla battery.

I doubt that the vector bulbs are getting enough voltage to actually be running at 100 watts.

especially with both of them on at the same time.

my 100 watt vector with it's 3ah 12 volt sla would not run 10 minutes continious.

[/ QUOTE ]

Note that I halved the estimated runtimes.

If someone wants to measure current draw, voltage, actual runtime, etc they will get meaningful numbers rather than my back-of-the-napkin calculation. I doubt my DMM would be capable of accurately mesuring even ~8.3A with the probes I have ... and a length of wire substiuting for the 10A fuse.
 
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