MotoMaster Eliminator 3M Series Spotlight and Lantern
A bargain when on sale
I've had this spot light for approximately three months. I've used it mainly to check on what my dogs are barking at in the middle of the night. I can clearly see about 100 yards in winter/snow. I've charged it several times without issues. It has held its charge reasonably well with intermittent use. The battery can keep the spot light on for at leaset 10 minutes continuous use. I haven't had the occasion to try more than that. Overall, a great purchase when on sale.
March 13, 2013
this spotlight is sweet I have had this light for two years and works great, the spot light is only rated to last for up to 20 minutes.the lantern is rated for 12+ hours and the plastic around the lantern is very durable. for example I hit the lantern with a 10 lb chain and it just put a little crack in the plastic. don't by it if it is not on sale because I got it for $18.00 and it goes on sale constantly.
December 2, 2012
Fantastic and very good price
When I saw the customer views, some of them are bad like cannot work or last shorter. I do have a previous halogen similar lamp. It only last 20 minutes. I saw this is a new generation; It has LED and can last 2 hours. I just bought one and tested it. Itâ€™s Fantastic and better than Stanley in Wal-Mart ($38.99).
August 7, 2012
There are two versions of this unit
The one that is rated at 2 million candlepower is actually an LED lantern with a 4V 15W halogen bulb. This is powered by a tiny 6V SLA (sealed lead acid battery). Replacements are available for both the battery and bulbs (but not from Canadian tire). The cost of replacing either would be more than the cost of the enire unit when it is on sale. The LED lantern is relatively bright and the halogen is good only for short bursts. The problem with the charger is that it usually overcharges / overheats the SLA thereby reducing life. There is no protection circuit for the battery to prevent it from being overcharged. The charger also does not go into trickle mode once the SLA is almost full. A steady continous charging current eventually "kills" SLA batteries.
The second version comes with both LED's for the lantern and the spotlight. I believe the "bulb" is a 0.5-1 watt high output LED emitter that puts out a good amount of light. This unit is powered by 3 Lithium ion batteries (18650). I am assuming that since these batteries are generally rated at 900-2200 mAH, the batteries are connected in parallel to produce a higher capacity (longer lasting) array. The lantern portion is the same as the other model. Both the main emitter and the batteries are replaceable (but not from Canadian tire). The main LED generally lasts forever unless you burn up the controlling circuit (or the emitter overheats by improper heatsinking). Completely depleting Lithium ion battery almost always results in a non-rechargeable state. This is not a fault of the unit but rather the chemistry of the battery itself. It is usually best to recharge after use (even though the battery is not depleted). Lithium ions do not have memory effect from charging. There are protection circuits for each cell (battery) and this is what usually burns out. So if your unit does not seem to charge or hold a charge, it's generally not the battery that is faulty.
Either model works for their intended purpose. The halogen version is perfect for doing quick roadside repairs like replacing a flat tire at night while the LED version is much lighter and works as a good household "flashlight". With proper use and care, the batteries should last at least a year and a half.
Last note, when the batteries are spent, DO NOT throw them in the garbage. The SLA contains lead and the Lithium cells could ignite when shorted. It is best to bring these to a recycling facility (most big box stores have them) or to independent battery vendors (there are lots all over the lower mainland).
May 16, 2012
Best/cheapest halogen and LED yet
I have had five of these lights to date and problem with only one.I returned it and received refund for that one and will be getting more when they go on sale.I would, however, recommend waiting until they go on sale, which is fairly often.Great nite light for the camper.
March 8, 2012
Received as a gift 6 months ago ,Great item use it under the sink under couch work on furnace.
Only use spot light for 5 min bursts but seems to last for days. The lantern lasts 12 hours on lantern ( left it on overnight)
From the other reviews it seems to be hit and miss .
But hey this is Canadain Tire, take it back.
Mine was a gift ,but if I see it in sale for $12 I'll buy four !
Even if half work it's a deal.
February 12, 2012
2in1 Spotlight Lantern
This is not a good product as the Battery is not available to change if it needs to be changed.They should sell the spare battery.
December 26, 2011
Only works when plugged in
Strange... bought this unit on sale 2 days ago for $11.99 and it only seems to work when plugged in. I left it plugged in for 24 hours to charge it and am still having the same problem. Will be returning it.
November 20, 2011
I bought 2 several days ago ,it really works well .I have a garden ,when I go to clean the garden ,it is bright enough and easy to take. I send the other one to my friend ,he likes it and use it when he goes camping. I like it .it's cheap ,but useful.
November 10, 2011
it's really worth.
I bought this light and really felt that it's useful. Spotlight and Lantern combo, you can use it in many situations. It brings a lot of convenience to you. Believe me!
September 21, 2011
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