Streamlight 44200 Vulcan Flashlight : A Review
Ever since my spotlight of choice was no longer being manufactured, I’ve been on a quest to find a spotlight capable of replacing it. I use the term spotlight, rather than flashlight, because a spotlight is a light designed to throw a concentrated beam of light over a great distance. Flashlights are less powerful and designed more for close up work and/or area illumination.
Review of the Flashlight
I recently had the opportunity to review or try out the Vulcan® Flashlight manufactured by Streamlight. The light comes with a number of nice features. The manufacturer says it provides up to 80,000 candela (peak beam intensity) with its halogen bulb. The battery can last over 3 hours per charge.
It is heavy duty uses a lead-based battery which means that you don’t have to train the battery to recharge it. It has superb handle grip and quality lens cover and two different settings for shining light. The toggle switch is long enough and positioned to allow it to be moved even with a gloved hand.
After charging the flashlight up (which took about four hours) I was able to try it out. The light is pretty focused but I didn’t notice a significant difference in the illumination between the low and the high settings. On the day with some overcast, I tested the flashlight on my house to see how well it would illuminate during a daylight inspection. I spotlighted the attic vent of my ranch house which is about 20 feet above me. The light illuminated quite well, as I was able to evaluate whether the mosquito netting was intact. I then shined the light at my roofline to see what kind of range I would have with the light. I was able to see the light at the peak my roof which would 30 to 40 feet away from where I was standing. While I could see the light, I don’t believe it would have been strong enough to allow me to assess the integrity of the gable of a second-floor house.
The package comes with two chargers, home outlet and a cigarette lighter adapter for charging in a vehicle. The shoulder strap enable hands-free carrying, which would be useful when climbing a ladder or entering an attic. I believe the flashlight is worth $105.00 particularly for anyone who would be looking for a good balance between battery life and illumination. The price comes from WildlifeControlSuppllies.com which made the device available to me for review.
About the author
Stephen M Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator and is available for consultation, seminars, and research projects related to wildlife damage issues. You can reach him at StephenVantassel(at)Hotmail(dot)com. He has received no compensation for this review.