Sometimes a Mini-Maglite provides all the light you need, but when you‘re itching for a little more oomph, try the 20 million candlepower Vector VEC192. With the power of the Vector’s badass double halogen bulb in your hands, you’ll probably be tempted to set up your own SETI program or communicate with airline pilots.
The VEC192 runs off two 6V 4.5 Ah lead acid batteries that account for most of the light’s porky 11 lbs. And despite the batteries’ bulk, they last about 25 minutes with both bulbs blazing. Luckily a switch lets you select between two bulbs, one bulb, or an array of longer-lasting LED lights in the handle. An integrated bi-pod leaves your hands free while you’re blinding the neighbors, and a standard 12V automotive socket either powers the Vector externally for longer run time or provides a power source for cell phones, many smaller lights, or maybe a waffle iron.
The Vector normally runs about $70, but if you’ve already blown most of your holiday stash, Black and Decker sells a similar light that’s currently on sale for $35 dollars.