Why buy from Stalk Tech? What makes a good quality hunting light?
When it comes to flashlights, lasers and what makes a quality hunting light, you really get what you pay for and unfortunately, other than the beam that comes out of the light or laser, you really don't get to see what exactly is so different until you've already paid for it.
In the world of flashlights and lasers, there are "hosts" or "bodies" that one can build upon, these "hosts" or "bodies" are just a shell, a housing if you will, that hold the components, some in more efficient ways than others.
Most quality hunting lights are built on the C8 and 501B platforms as the C8 and 501B bodies are by far the most popular and most efficient designs out there, hence why most flashlight manufacturers favor these styles. Their rugged construction (I have drop-tested them from 15' directly onto concrete repeatedly with minimal scuffs), effectiveness at heat dissipation (yes our lights put up an incredible amount of energy and can get HOT!), resistance to oxidation (hard anodized), dust, and water, have made them a favorite amongst builders all around the world.
Notwithstanding the fact that there are cheaply built versions of these bodies floating around out there as well, when it comes to components, there is where things can go wrong in a hurry. There are only two main companies that produce high quality, high output Green Light Emitting Diodes on a large scale: CREE and Luminus. However, while they are well worth it,these are expensive and there are a myriad of cheap diodes out there that are produced by the millions and that go into the construction of the hundreds of throw away flashlights that fill the shelves of stores like Walmart or can be found all day long on EBay. The same goes for heatsinks, drivers, circuit boards and reflectors.
So why Stalk Tech?
.Because we only build quality hunting lights, using parts that have been time tested and recognized as the best possible.
.We use components that are better designed for longer throw.
.We are hunters, our products were designed, build and refined based on the feedback of literally hundreds of hunters, right here in South Texas.
.We stand by our product, if for some reason you do not feel this is the best light or laser you money can buy, return it in its original packaging within 15 days and we will refund your money, no questions asked.
.We are a small business, as such, you are not just a number to us and you will always talk to a live person, should you have questions or need assistance.
When it comes to lasers, once again, the difference is in the components, the body of our NH01 is not unique to Stalk Tech but the laser modules we use are. When it comes to Laser modules, especially green ones, quality is paramount. There are no less than 5 Chinese manufacturers that sell lasers based on the NH01 platform, out of these, 4 of them use a 5mw laser module and 1 uses an 18mw module, Stalk Tech's NH01 uses a 30mw module.
The difference in price between a 30mw module and a 5mw module is well over 2000%. Furthermore, 5mw green lasers modules are typically recycled defective laser modules that did not make the grade and were originally destined to the cheap throw away laser pointer industry. These laser modules have an extremely high failure rate and are not nearly strong enough to power a proper laser designator.
What are the different kinds of reflectors and how does it affect the light?
The reflector is the component that reflects and focuses the light's beam.
There are different sizes, types and textures of reflectors, all crucial to the light's performance and intended use.
StalKtech uses the latest CREE LED chips / Diodes on the market today.
The XR-E Q5 chip, while roughly producing the same number of lumens as its XP-G R5 competitor, emits light at a 90 degree angle Vs. the cheaper XP-G's 125 degrees, giving it a more focused / more powerful beam.
It is the reflector's job to then bounce this light as to obtain the light pattern desired for individual applications.
When it come to bouncing light to attain great distances, only a smooth reflector will do, in contrast to an "orange peel" reflector.
What is the difference between an Orange peel and a smooth reflector? Quite simple really, an orange peel textured reflector, because of the tiny shiny bumps that line it, will bounce the light many times over, creating a thicker, more even / consistent beam without spots that appear brighter or dead spots that appear darker, just a perfectly even, bright all the way through beam.
While this is great for shorter distance illumination as it creates a more evenly spread beam, when it comes to distance, an orange peel reflector can never hold a candle to a good old deep smooth reflector.
When it comes to distance, focus is the name of the game.
The only downfall of a smooth reflector is that, in some applications, as in a short distance wide illumination light, a smooth reflector would not produce an even beam but rather project a center beam and several "halos" all varying in light intensity as the light will bounce in such exact a pattern that if not perfectly designed, these patterns may not all be focused into one.
This is just one of the factors that contribute to making the difference between a great or mediocre light.
All of StalkTech's lights, however, use the tight emitting CREE Q5 diode properly driven by high quality drivers and are matched with perfectly balanced deep smooth reflectors, making for superbly tight beams that will enable you to reach out and touch targets you never could before.
It is these deep perfectly focused smooth reflectors that make Stalk Tech's Envy3 (green LED) and Fury3 (Red ) the most powerful night hunting lights on the market today.
Because when it comes to Night Hunting, less is more, StalkTech uses 3 reflectors for its lights giving you, the hunter, the option of a wider / shorter reflector for shorter distance shots up to 100 Yards (Envy1), a medium to provide versatility up to 200 Yards (Envy2) and a deep reflector for long distance (250+ Yards) shooters (Envy3 & Fury3).
What exactly is the concept of a Laser Designator?
Think of a laser Designator as a Flashlight, a flashlight whose beam can be made wider or tighter, the main difference being, it is being powered by a powerful laser module rather than a Halogen bulb or a LED chip, therefore increasing its reach tremendously.
How far can a laser designator light up an animal?
The right question really is how far can it effectively illuminate a target. Sure, we can tell you one mile and it would be true but to do so, you'd need a 48X scope and a darn steady hand.
With effective illumination being defined as full scope reticle illumination, with the beam wide open and at least a 5X scope, you will be able to positively identify an animal at roughly 200 yards.
With a 9X scope, having the beam wide open would be a waste as it would illuminate more area than your eye can see through the scope so at 9X, you would tighten the beam some as to only illuminate your scope's full reticle but no more, giving you increased brightness and subsequently, greater visibility at greater distances.
The same will hold true as you increase the magnification of the scope used, to no limit really, the downfall being, just as in day hunting, sacrificing your field of vision as you increase your scope's magnification settings and therefore your ability to effectively acquire targets, especially in the dark as you do not have the luxury to see what may lurk outside of your area of illumination when looking outside of your scope.
But as a rule of thumb, when matched to an equivalently powered scope, with the beam opened at its widest, the Laser Designator will provide effective illumination to 200 yards, at 3/4 opening it will provide illumination up to 300 yards, at 1/2 open it will provide illumination to 400 yards, at 1/4 opening, to 600+ yards and at its tightest, to well over a mile.
How well can you see an animal with an NH01?
Again, it is all relative but because you can make the laser brighter by tightening its beam, you can see VERY clearly. I have spent many hours in a blind, waiting for hogs, bored out of my mind, my only saving grace in not falling asleep being pesky racoons that would entertain me for hours, I could set my sights on them, set my scope to 12X, tighten my laser beam to half reticle and literally count the stripes on their bodies at 200 yards, while this may put things in perspective, once again, when hunting in total darkness,
Less is More!
as long as you can clearly identify your target and the exact location of the shot you want to take within that target, you do not need brighter! All you do is run the risk of too much light and to spook the animal.
Remember, pigs may not see green but they do see sharp contrasts and any light, while they may not see the color of it, is still light (seen more as a faint shade of grey, granted, but still light) and too much of a contrast between ambient (darkness) and light WILL spook hogs or any other animal for that matter. May that light be green or red.