Fri, 28 Feb 1997 15:36:30 +1100
I went in to Dick Smith's the other day to enquire about sealed gel
(trickle) battery chargers. The largest one they had was a 12V 6.5Amp one.
It costs about $40.00 but was quite heavy. The guy told me for a 30 watt
spotlight it probably can last about an hour but takes 16!! hours to
charge. The weight and charging time is a problem.
What I'm getting at is whether it is worthwhile rigging up such a set-up
for so much money for so lttle use-time. I don't see the advantage of this.
What I have is just a spotlight that I got from Marlow's (car part dealers)
for $15.00 which I use plugged into my car cig lighter. I drive along bush
tracks and just spotlight from inside the car. When I see something I don't
shine the light directly into the animal's eyes but aim a little to the
side. Anyway the power of a light source falls very rapidly proportionate
to distance so if the animal is some distance away the light would not be
harmful to them.
Of course I cannot drive into the bush proper but then how much ground can
you cover in the bush in one hour? For spotlighting on foot I think it's
more sensible using a powerful torch-light.
My two sen worth.
Kim-Chye Lim (Mr)
1/117 Hubert Street
East Vic Park WA 6101
Tel: (09) 472 3392 (H)
(09) 387 0745 (W)
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