Dorcy 180 lumen LED Cyber Light flashlight

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  1. Thanks for this, Dan! I too am a bit of a flashlight nut, especially in the age of LEDs. I’m particularly fond of a Dorcy aluminum rechargable I got a couple of years ago on Amazon. This may be an upgraded model, and if it’s brighter than what I have, it’s very bright: http://goo.gl/n99ep
    I also have an Energizer Hard Case 4-LED Headlight that I use all the time when working in dark corners of the boat. I’ve also used the red bulb sometimes when underday. http://goo.gl/uANhE

  2. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    During the recent hurricane and 7 days without power, this flash light did real well for my family, edging every other flashlight into retirement. No matter I was lighting up a room or walking the dog, these flashlights work real well at home.

  3. Richard C says:

    Dan,
    Sounds like a great light in every way except the waterproofness. Any chance of getting the manufacturer to make a gasket sealed dive light model?
    Aboard Gray Eagle we will only carry official dive lights that can be quickly used to go over the side if need be. Some dive lights are better then others as far as illumination and battery life go. I really like the testing method your crew used.

  4. Jeffrey says:

    Appreciate your view on the Dorcy but I have found the Coast LED Lenser focusing LED Flashlight model HD7438CP to be great to have on the boat..so much so we have them mounted in wall hanging clips just about everywhere. Rated at 105 lumin this little light has O ring for water resistance, comes with a nylon sheath and laynard and takes 3 AAA batteries that seem to last a long, long time. Now this is not perfect…I would prefer it to take AA batteries not AAA’s and to have a “flat” spot so it would not roll. This is not an inexpensive light at approx. $50.00 at Home Depot but small, easy to hold and use and very bright for its size.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m using a Stanley FL5W10 waterproof spotlight (it floats). Nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery gives about 45 min at full brightness, and is dimable to 10 hr life.120v charger shuts off, 12v does not. Very focused beam + 500 lumen + waterproof makes it great for finding channel markers in rain without blinding helmsman.

  6. Chip says:

    Try the Streamlight Survivor LED. This light is designed for firemen with a very narrow, intense beam that makes it a good option for spotting objects from the boat with minimal backscatter from moisture laden air. I use the 4AA battery version, which works very well with NiMh rechargeable cells, or alkaline cells if desired.
    http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-90541-Survivor-4-Inch-Flashlight/dp/B000LF1KKS/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1320813696&sr=8-25

  7. Scott says:

    Did you try the various Hybrid lights? No batteries required, bright, and water proof to 80 ft. We have used their original model on the boat and love not having to think about batteries at all. Their 120 lumen version is here: http://www.amazon.com/Hybrid-Flashlight-Battery-Backup-Lumens/dp/B005K9TMNW/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_2_1
    They also have a spot light I havent tried yet on the company website.

  8. Dustin says:

    I don’t have AC power onboard. Can the worklight be recharged off of the 12V system?
    – Dustin

  9. Kevin R says:

    Thanks for the review. For what it’s worth, I have been very happy with the Cyclops in the link below on our sailboat. The charging light goes out when charged, so I assume it won’t overcharge the batts.
    http://www.amazon.com/Cyclops-CYC-9WS-Sirius-Rechargeable-Spotlight/dp/B001DRLIOQ

  10. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Dustin asked about charging via 12V, the worklight pictured at the bottom of the article can only be charged via 110 VAC.
    I enjoyed checking out all the lights you all posted here as favorites. Do any of these lights penetrate many 100’s of feet into the fog ? Seeing 50 feet ahead isn’t much useful if I am moving faster than 2 knots.

  11. norse says:

    It uses four batteries, which is a convenient number if using rechargeable AA batteries on chargers that charge batteries only in pairs.
    I think that having a good AA charger is very important. A good charger is one which charges each cell independently and stops charging each when it is charged. Duracell makes a reasonably priced one (but I don’t think that all of Duracell’s chargers meet my criterion). I found it impossible to keep my AA cells in matched pairs even without lamps that took three cells.

  12. Chip says:

    We found the Streamlight Survivor worked very well for us navigating the ICW at night where spotting the next mark is the main chore, so much so that we threw away the two large incandescent spotlights the previous owner left on the boat. The current model Survivors put out far, far more than the 65 lumens mentioned in the Amazon ad referred to above. Being able to use readily available rechargeable AA cells is also a big plus for any light. As for a charger, I recommend the Maha MH-C9000. This charges each cell individually, tells you how much it has put in, and will also cycle and analyze each cell if you choose. Has a max charge rate of 2000 mA/hr, so the Eneloops I like to use charge in about an hour. You can find this on Amazon too.

  13. Dustin says:

    Can anyone recommend something similar to the worklight in the article that can run off regular batteries or will charge off my 12v system? I need good lights for the cockpit for entertaining. The magnets on the back would be helpful as I could hang them from the Bimini support tubes.
    – Dustin

  14. Jeff Shukis says:

    Dan,
    On your recommendation I bought the Dorcy Cyber Light and the Dorcy work light. The worklight is wonderful, offering up a room-filling bath of cool white LED glow. The cyber light is, in my humble opinion, merely adequate.
    I like the rubberized case of the Cyber Light and the fact that it won’t roll around, but I wish it was waterproof and I really dislike the beam shape.
    The cyber light projects a broad and fairly even circle of relatively dim light plus a very bright and very narrow center spot. I almost always find the center beam too bright and the outer beam too dim, whether used outdoors or indoors. My favorite LED flashlight, by way of contrast, projects an extremely uniform beam that is focusable from narrow to broad or anything in between. Unfortunately it is made entirely of metal, and I fear dropping it onto fiberglass or varnished wood – thus the continued search for the perfect flashlight.
    Dustin,
    The dorcy worklight runs on 4AA batteries arranged in a pack. If you are just a bit handy with such things, you can modify it to use four loose AA NIMH batteries instead, though without the built-in charger.

  15. Chuck says:

    For the poster who asked about a good cockpit light i would suggest you look at Bebi – Electronics They have some of the best LED bulbs for yachting. There anchor light is by far and away the brightes in the anchorage with a draw of .08 amps. No flashlights but great LED lights for interior and exterior.

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