What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Industrial Rechargeable Xenon Lantern)

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I just bought an amazing light that has me in awe! It is the Dorcy Industrial Rechargeable Xenon Lantern, which is is a yellow lantern style spotlight (it does not advertise as being a spotlight so that is why I felt it was best to post this here:)), which is a little bigger than a 6 volt floating lantern.
What has me in awe about this light is that it is the same size as the N30 HID searchlight, and is only rated at 102 lumens, but it focuses the white light into a laser thin beam that equals my 3 million candlepower twin beam Vector spotlight throw! It has hardly in spill and no corona, and its entire beam is as narrow/thin as the Power On Board HID's little pinpoint hotspot, and it is the narrowest beam I have ever seen in person. I am blown away by it! I was testing it against the N30 and it had easily 70% the throw. The Dorcy EASILY out throws my 1 million candlepower spotlights.
When I shined it in the sky it was able to cloud bounce on some low clouds, and its beam is like a parallel laser than goes on forever into the sky. It advertises a 4 hour runtime which is great.
It put a small bright spot on trees 200 yards away and put a spot on the top of a high rise.

I have a great appreciation for long distance throwers with laser thin beams. The Dorcy is in no way practical but it sure is thrilling to shine it at distant trees or buildings as its almost like a laser pointer. I have never owned a light with this narrow of a beam angle, and it has quite an amazing effect. The beam is incredibly concentrated and intense. This Dorcy Xenon Lantern flashlight feels really nice to hold and has a very comfortable handle.

The build quality is quite good, and it feels featherweight compared to other spotlights and large flashlights. I am amazed out how it keeps up with my 3 and 5 million candlepower spotlights. It has a lot more throw than the Coleman 530 lumen LED spotlight and a much brighter, smaller spot. I think this light is great for anyone just looking for a fun and compact thrower!:thumbsup:
 
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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

That's pretty interesting. Is this what you are referring to?:

http://www.dorcy.com/products.aspx?p=411035

I was going to say, it might be a good candidate to replace the 6V Energizer Industrial lanterns I keep in my car and truck as backup to my EDC, but I see it is rechargeable, which would probably rule it out for me.

What type of battery pack does it use? What type of charger does it have and what is the charge time?
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

That's pretty interesting. Is this what you are referring to?:

http://www.dorcy.com/products.aspx?p=411035

I was going to say, it might be a good candidate to replace the 6V Energizer Industrial lanterns I keep in my car and truck as backup to my EDC, but I see it is rechargeable, which would probably rule it out for me.

What type of battery pack does it use? What type of charger does it have and what is the charge time?

Yes that is it.:twothumbs Recharge time is supposed to be 16 hours but it seems to charge faster than that. I own a Rayovac Industrial 6V lantern, and it is nowhere near as bright as this Dorcy and only has like 1/5 the throw. It is amazing how powerful the Dorcy is as its only a little bigger than the Rayovac.

It uses a 6 volt Sealed Lead Acid battery, and DOES have amazing runtime. I used it for maybe 30 minutes straight before its first charge, and the battery status indicator was still on green. This light IMO makes a great EDC due to its small size and light weight.

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EDIT: I forgot to mention the specs of its charger. Its output is 12V DC 500mA.
 
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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Looking again I just noticed it advertises a 4-hour continuous run time.

Since it's lead acid, might not rule it out after all. They tend to keep their charge for a long time. I was worried it might be NIMH.
 

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Yes, its runtime is pretty incredible for how powerful it is. It has a much brighter hotspot with more throw than my Coleman 530 lumen LED spotlight, and the Coleman only has a 2.5 hour runtime. Like I said before the most amazing thing about this light is how it has 70% the throw of my N30 HID Searchlight, and nearly 4 times as long a runtime.
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

So now the next step is to mod it with a super bright bulb to give it even more throw!
What kind of bulb does it take?
 

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So now the next step is to mod it with a super bright bulb to give it even more throw!
What kind of bulb does it take?

IIRC it has a 6 volt Xenon filled bulb. I am not sure about the wattage though. It sure puts out a LOT of light and easily beats my 150 lumen Task Force in a ceiling bounce test.

I am not sure whether it the bulb can be replaced with something else as it sits in kind of a "holder".

This is the second most amazing small flashlight I have ever held. It has twice the throw of my Coleman 530 lumen LED spotlight, and throws over 5 times farther than the 2C Task Force CREE. I estimate it can light up objects up to 1/2 a mile away as it covers 300 yards as easily as the Task Force covers 30 yards. It is indeed a very nice light!
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

hmm. seems like a cheaper alternative to an expensive HID light..

wow! sears is selling for 20$...
too bad I can't buy any.
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Bluebeam, is it this one?
dorcyxenonpd7.jpg
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Bluebeam, is it this one?
dorcyxenonpd7.jpg

Yes, that's it! :)


csshih
hmm. seems like a cheaper alternative to an expensive HID light..

wow! sears is selling for 20$...
too bad I can't buy any.

It is a great cheap alternative to an HID IMO. It seems to have more like 75% the throw of the N30, and focuses the light into a pencil thin beam. Its beam is SO narrow and throws so far that it reminds me a lot of my green laser pointer. I shined it up at some low level clouds tonight and could make out a white dot on them.
 
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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

The lens seems to be a bit domed... Or should I call it "aspheric"-a-like...

Has that something to do with the "pencil thin" beam? Or is the reflectore just very deep...?
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Yes, the lense is a dome shape rather than flat, but it is just transparent plastic so it does not focus the light like an aspheric.:)
The reflector however is VERY deep and mirror smooth, and the bulb is perfectly focused in the middle, which explains its great throw.:thumbsup:
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Nice find then :thumbsup:


In some way, it´s more satisfying to find something cheap that works really great, better than you had expected, than to buy a surgical precision made thing that just do what you had expected from it...
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Nice find then :thumbsup:


In some way, it´s more satisfying to find something cheap that works really great, better than you had expected, than to buy a surgical precision made thing that just do what you had expected from it...

Agreed.:thumbsup: I would never have imagined a light at its price and small size could deliver such incredible performance and have such a laser like beam that I would expect to have to pay many times more for.
After testing it tonight it actually seems to out throw the 3 million candlepower Vector spotlight, and really performs like a searchlight!
IMHO the Dorcy Industrial Xenon Lantern can't be beat for throw at its price point. I am amazed at how easily it smokes a 530 lumen LED thrower.
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

So now the next step is to mod it with a super bright bulb to give it even more throw!
What kind of bulb does it take?
My thoughts exacly. If you could figure out what type of bulb holder it uses ,we could at least speculate on how to upgrade and get even more throw. Obviously it has a reflector that is conducive to throw.
 

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If the bulb is only rated at 102 lm then putting a pelican HOLA, which is rated at 600 lm ,should really increase output. The low output of the stock bulb explains the long runtime.
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

I looked at the Sears website and the price is $38.99, not $20.
 

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If the bulb is only rated at 102 lm then putting a pelican HOLA, which is rated at 600 lm ,should really increase output. The low output of the stock bulb explains the long runtime.

100 lumens of incandescent light is pretty useful when you're out in the middle of nowhere. However the pelican lamp sounds like a nice upgrade. Does this light have a PR based bulb? Which pelican bulb are you referring to?
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

Might get one. Optics planet has em for $28.99
 

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Re: What an incredible thrower! (Dorcy Xenon Lantern)

This sounds interesting, some beamshots against others would give us an idea of it.
 
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