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Cyclops Flare Spotlight Review

by Justin Zarr 13. October 2011 14:35
Justin Zarr

Flashlights are one of those pieces of gear that most of us forget about until we need them the most.  Whether we're changing a flat tire on the side of the road or helping a buddy track out a wounded deer, having a good, dependable light is a must.  While I've owned a number of flashlights of all shapes and sizes in my life, the Cyclops Flare is my current favorite.

This particular spotlight has already proven itself extremely handy this fall as I used it during an evening track job with my hunting partner Mike Willand.  Even with two other guys both with flashlights in hand, the Flare outshined them both and allowed me to see the blood trail yards ahead of everyone else.

With 3 high output LED bulbs the Flare puts out 193 lumens of bright white light.  For those of you keeping score at home, that's a LOT of light.  By comparison my 3 D-Cell Mag Lite with Krypton bulb, which has been my go-to light for a number of years, only puts out somewhere around 20 lumens of light. (Current figures using the newest methods for measuring lumens are currently unavailable on Mag Lite's website).

This picture shows the beam of light emmited from a 3 D-cell Mag Lite.  The photo was taken on my deck, and the deer target is 23 yards away.

This photo, taken in the exact same spot, shows the beam of light emmitted from the 193 lumen Cyclops Flare light.  A noticable improvement, wouldn't you say?

The 3 high powered LED lights provide the 193 lumen output of the Cyclops Flare.  The additional 6 low power green LEDs located around the outside of the light provide a good amount of light for scanning the immediate area in front of you.

Using the high power LED bulbs the Cyclops will burn for an impressive 3.5 hours.  By switching down to the 6 low power green LED bulbs you can squeeze out 100 hours of burn time.  The green lights are good for viewing the immediate area when you don't need the brightest of bright lights.  They're also good for find your way to your stand in the dark if you dont' want to alert game, or other hunters, to your presence.

The Cyclops Flare runs off 6 AA batteries which, nicely enough, are included with the light.

Aside from it's just it's sheer brightness I've become a big fan of the Cyclops' ergonomic handle.  Using the always-on lock switch I can turn the light on, and pan the area I'm exploring with ease. 

All in all, I've been extremely impressed with the Flare so far.  I've had it for a few months now and used it a handful of times and walked away impressed every time.  Hopefully I can put it to good use this fall on a few more blood trails.

If you're looking for a new flashlight for not just hunting purposes, but any purpose, check out the Flare.  With a $50 retail cost you can't go wrong.

The Cyclops Flare spotlight - a great bargain at just $50.

Bushnell Improves The Trophy Cam

by John Mueller 24. January 2011 14:22
John Mueller

For 2011 Bushnell has made some significant improvements to their already awesome Trophy Cam Trail Cameras. Black LEDs, video with sound, field scan mode, 32GB SD card capable, and zoom viewer are all new features added this year.

The list of features is impressive:

8 MP high quality full color resolution

Day/night auto sensor

External power compatible

Adjustable PIR (Low/Med./High)

1 second trigger speed

Programmable trigger interval-1 sec to 60 min.

Multi image mode: 1-3 images per trigger

Video Length: 1-60 seconds/programmable

Field Scan time lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals, 1 min to 60 min.

Temp. Range -5*F to 140*F

PIR sensor is motion activated out to 45 ft.

Runs up to one year on one set of batteries.

Adjustable web strap and 1/4" x 20 threaded hole for mounting.

SD Card Slot

Runs on AA batteries

The most impressive new features as far as I am concerned is the added sound to the video and the Field Scan mode. I used mine in video mode at mock scrapes last fall and got some amazing video of bucks working the scrape as well as 2 sparring matches at the scrape. I would have loved to have had sound with some of those videos. And the field scan mode can tell you exactly when and where the deer enter your food plot and how they travel through it. The camera doesn't have to activated by movement. You simply set the camera to take a picture at intervals from 1 minute to 60 minutes. So you get the animals no matter how far they are from the camera.

Some other interesting new additions are the Black Leds. Virtually invisible to game as well as human passers by. This makes the new camera especially well suited for scrapes and feeders since there is no visible light to spook game. 32 GB SD cards can now be used to gather your video or still images. You can hold over 20,000 images on a single card. No more disturbing the area every week to pull cards. The built in image viewer now has added zoom feature to check out the pictures in the field. And all of these features are packed into the small 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" case. I think this is one of the best trail camera options for your money. I had mine set on video mode all season and had zero problems with it along with excellent battery life.

Check out the complete lineup of Bushnell Trail Cameras at the link below.






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