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Windows 7: Handheld Spotlight

14 Mar 2012   #41
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

While you are waiting for it to arrive: Wagan Tech 2741

Direct Download of PDF Owners Manual, also available at bottom of above link: wagan.com/spotlights/2741.pdf
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14 Mar 2012   #42
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thank you very much. I had looked for a manufacturer's website, but apparently looked in the wrong place. Too bad it is the Chillout room, or I would rep you.

EDIT: Duzzy's input was also very helpful.
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14 Mar 2012   #43
Anak

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That's okay seeker, my pleasure.

Not sure if you noticed, but there is a link at the top of the Product page where you can "Ask a Question".
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14 Mar 2012   #44
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I found one note in the manual that bothers me some:

Quote:
The AC charger provides a slow steady charge to the unit. Charge for a maximum of 16
hours (except for the initial 24 hour charge) and do not overcharge.
The battery may recharge in 6 hours, as the seller claimed, but with a maximum of 16 hours recharge, I tend to doubt it. I just hope that if I play with it too much one night, that I can have it recharged by the next.
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14 Mar 2012   #45
Anak

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You should be okay, the way I read that is the user should not leave the unit on charge for more than 16hours after the initial 24hour charge otherwise you take the chance of ruining the battery.

Anything under that is okay, like 6hours. You just have to observe your LED indicators.

Quote:
5. Indicator LEDs will illuminate increasingly, from RED , YELLOW to GREEN depending on battery status at time of charging.
• RED LED : Battery is low
• RED/YELLOW LEDs: Battery is slightly full
• RED/YELLOW/GREEN LEDs: Battery is medium full
• RED/YELLOW/2 GREEN LEDs: Battery is completely full

Source: http://www.wagan.com/pdf/spotlights/2741.pdf
Once you get the hang of it you may find you can go a couple, three nights before you have to re-charge, it all depends on the length of each usage, and if your done by Sunrise I would think it would re-charge in the 12hours before the next Sunset.

One word of caution....Be very careful of how/where you use it. With 18million watts you could blind someone or catch a combustible object on fire. Like the drapes, venetian blinds (paint) or screens if they are fabric/plastic in your window. Do not set it lens down while it is on, on your desk.

Test it out, I'll bet you can set a piece of 8 x 11 copy paper on fire from a foot away.

I know from personal experience, I set a rug on fire once.
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14 Mar 2012   #46
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'll keep that in mind, but I don't think that there will be any fire hazard, because I intend to use it from a glass top patio table. I just got a response from Wagan about the recharge time:

Quote:
It is recommended for customers to charge this unit for at least 10-12 hours.
That's in line with what you guessed, and if it hold true, it should be sufficient. I won't know until the light arrives, but looking at the manual, the battery looks similar to those used in my APC UPS, except that the terminals are not on top. When this battery goes down, if it will fit, I will probably try to refit it will a battery with more amp-hours.

EDIT: As for blinding anyone, I kind of doubt that will happen, except maybe on a temporary basis, since I will only be targeting my vehicle at a good distance away. If it does temporary blow their night vision, then I imagine that they will complain to management, and that will give me to opportunity to discuss the street light repair.
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14 Mar 2012   #47
linnemeyerhere

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I have a Wagen air compressor and emergency battery charger and it works well till it broke after 6 uses. I did contact the importer and they were very understanding and sent me a newer model for free. It's still going strong after 5 uses but I will have to say I don't hold much hope that it's quality will go the distance but look forward to being proven wrong. This is of course a different beast than just a flashlight.
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14 Mar 2012   #48
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

As a companion for the light, I was thinking about using a camera to take a picture of anyone around the vehicle, but the cheap point and shoot camera that I have doesn't zoom enough to get usable facial details for legal purposes. I did find some inexpensive infrared point and shoot cameras, but they are too limited in their infrared mode to be of any use to me, unless I decided to go ghost hunting.

With the spotlight, I shouldn't need infrared anyway, but I can't afford a good DSLR camera. Is there such a thing as an affordable point and shoot camera that would zoom closely to a distance of 100-125 feet?
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14 Mar 2012   #49
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I have a Wagen air compressor and emergency battery charger and it works well till it broke after 6 uses. I did contact the importer and they were very understanding and sent me a newer model for free. It's still going strong after 5 uses but I will have to say I don't hold much hope that it's quality will go the distance but look forward to being proven wrong. This is of course a different beast than just a flashlight.
As they say, anything that can go wrong will. Here's hoping that your replacement is better. I have a cheap charger/compressor also, but bought it at Harbor Freight. I have only used it a few times, so I don't know how it will hold up in the long run. I had a lesser model from the same source that seem to be good...until it was stolen.
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20 Mar 2012   #50
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

So far so good. The light just arrived and I unboxed it finding it appearing to be intact and operable so far as I can tell. I won't really know until tomorrow evening, after the initial charge. According to the LEDs, it already has some charge in it, but I guess I will let it go for 24 hours like their instructions say. Even though the measurements of the light were in the ad, it's size is still somewhat surprising. Almost would make one feel that they were a prison guard when using it.
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