The RL-10-M HID Rechargeable Handheld Light from Larson Electronics has a 35 Watt HID bulb that produces 3200 lumens of light output capable of reaching distances to 4,000 feet. The RL-10 features several benefits, including a 4,000 foot beam, articulating head, focusable beam and interchangeable batteries. This HID flashlight can also operate directly off of a 12 volt or 24 volt vehicle system via optional vehicle adapter.
The RL-10-M comes complete with the flashlight, two rechargeable NiMH 12V batteries, an AC charger, a 200 pound grip magnetic base, a carrying strap and a case. This is a professional grade unit for industrial, agricultural, law enforcement, emergency services, fire search and rescue and marine use.
The head on the RL-10-M is made up of heavy duty aluminum and is five inches in diameter. The head on this unit pivots from 90 degrees to 180 degrees with the push of a button. The beam adjusts from flood to spot by rotating the lens. A compact ballast incorporated into the lamp housing provides portability and light weight use. We have attached a 200 pound grip magnetic base to the bottom of the RL-10 to provide hands free operation.
Power: These flashlights are powered by rechargeable Ni-MH 12 volts batteries. The average recharge time of these batteries is four hours. An LED charging indicator light will illuminate RED when charging and GREEN when fully charged. The charge cord plugs directly into the battery. Each battery has a 70 minute runtime on a full charge.
Note about this HID Flashlight: To date, this is the brightest, toughest portable HID flashlight we have seen. While this started out as a Chinese made flashlight, the electronics and optics of this model has been completely re-engineered to a higher specification, including the use of a GE bulb, 4300 kelvin gas, Taiwanese ballast, Taiwanese switch, etc. We have looked at 50 and 70 watt HID spotlights and flashlights (which use a 35 watt bulb with higher wattage ballast) but there is little comparison. The sheer volume of projected natural colored light, combined with very tough inner and outer construction make this handheld HID flashlight unique.
Note about Batteries: While lithium ion batteries are very popular right now, they do not push power to the light quickly. Ni-MH batteries will cut the startup time of HID lights nearly in half. This HID flashlight will reach full power in just a few seconds, while many others will require 8-10 seconds to reach full power. Lithium ion batteries are light, have no memory and hold their charge over time on the shelf. The Ni-MH batteries in this HID flashlight have similar properties. When NI-MH batteries are constructed properly, they have no memory and hold their charge over time on the shelf. The Ni-MH batteries in this HID flashlight will discharge completely over a 6 month period of inactivity, where lithium ion batteries take longer to discharge (9-12 months). Lithium ion batteries are very expensive compared to the Ni-MH batteries, which can often double the final price of the HID flashlight. This HID flashlight uses high quality Ni-MH batteries, with run time, recharge and discharge properties similar to lithium ion batteries. These Ni-MH batteries enable the use of higher quality ballast and optics, while keeping the final price competitive. These Ni-MH batteries also enable the light to start more quickly, but they are approximately 1.5 pounds heavier than a lithium ion battery alternative.
For those that are familiar with cordless tools, this HID flashlight works just like any cordless drill. The batteries snap in and out of the base easily. One battery can be charging while the other is in use. A separate accessory, the vehicle adapter snaps into the battery socket, enabling users to run the light off of a 12 volt or 24 volt vehicle`s power system indefinitely.