Wolf Eyes Seal LED Hunting Torches SpotlightRated 5/5 based on 19 reviews.
Throw: 400 metres std, 500 metres High Intensity LED
Beam Type: Aspheric - spot, Reflector - spot surrounded by flood
Length: 211mm aspheric head, 171mm reflector head
Lumens: 1,210 lumens
Throw: 400 metres on large aspheric head – spot
500 metres with HIGH INTENSITY LED large aspheric head – spot
150 metres on reflector head – spot with flood
Length: 211mm aspheric head, 171mm reflector
Beam Type: Aspheric LED Head – Spot adjustable to flood
Reflector LED Head – Spot surrounded by flood
We designed the Wolf Eyes Seal hunting torch from the ground up to be the best possible hunting torch we could produce. It starts with the 25.4mm (1”) torch body size which suits almost all firearm mounts, this is lined with our Thermal Transfer Tube to wick damaging heat away from your high power LED. We then have the huge 83mm aspheric LED head, this can reach out to 400 metres so you can see those foxes & wild dogs or check on the front gate or sheds. If you have a vermin problem, this is the head for you. Also there is the smaller 50mm reflector LED head, giving a nice spot surrounded by flood out to 150 metres, great for rabbits or pigs in the lignum – or just for using as a general torch.
We have now released a new version of the Seal hunting torch - the Seal High Intensity LED Hunting torch. This version features a more focussed, dedomed LED which is able to project further through the large aspheric head - with the naked eye we could see it light up a white card at 500 metres! This LED isn't compatible with the small reflector head, so this version is for those who want the longest throwing hunting torch, small acreage or professional security torch or a search and rescue torch. Of course the Seal High Intensity will throw more light even when used at 150 metres or 200 metres, so if you are someone whose eyes are a little older or prefer more light, the Seal High Intensity would be for you. Due to the tight and powerful beam the High Intensity is a remarkable long throwing torch and would be our recommendation for those who like long distance night hunting and want a rifle mounted LED torch.
Light Output and Beam Pattern
Of the two LED heads, the main spotlight head catches your attention first due to its 83mm size and huge aspheric (magnifying) lens. You then notice it is approximately the same 83mm back from the outside of the lens to the LED (similar to a magnifying glass lighting paper by the sun, the lens works best when set back the right distance from the LED. Of course all this size and depth is to maximise the throw from the LED in this torch, beyond what is seen in standard rifle mounted flashlights or internally powered rifle lights. This LED, lens size and lens depth all combine to produce usable light at up to 400 metres (ANSI now rate the 400 metre light at 729 metres, though we don't think it is suitable to shoot with at that distance). The focussing on this LED torch is adjusted by rotary screwing, meaning this LED flashlight can withstand heavy calibres. The large size and fine focussing capability of this torch head means it is even possible to focus for a slightly wider and shorter beam, something rarely effectively possible or recommended with aspheric lenses on LED torches.
The smaller 50mm deep set mirror reflector LED head provides a great combination of spot and flood (in comparison to the aspheric head above which is all spot) out to about 150 metres. This makes it a great general use LED torch or for firearm use on feral pests such as pigs or rabbits where distance requirements are usually less than 150 metres and the extra flood light surrounding the main spot is advantageous for fast moving game. The Seal LED torch with the reflector head is a very nice standalone flashlight, we can see many choosing to buy a Seal torch to use as their general flashlight, and then screw the aspheric lens on for that once a year shooting trip. Other may choose the Seal LED torch because it offers the best of both an aspheric LED lens head and a reflector LED head - by actually having both heads! We believe the Seal is our best LED hunting torch and one the best LED hunting torches - we hope you do too!
One requirement the Seal is often used for is security on small or large acreage. The long throw of the Seal LED torch makes it perfect for checking on gates, sheds or fences and the very light weight means it can be used by people of all ages or sexes.
Update: As we often do to all Wolf Eyes torches and headlamps, we update them when technology changes, usually due to LED changes (we change reflectors and aspheric lenses with monotonous regularity on our models for tiny LED changes to ensure optimum performance) but also due to manufacturing technology. This is often done without mentioning it. We have just updated the small reflector head of the Seal hunting torch and this is now the model found in all the stores in Australia and on our website. This new head gives roughly 10% more throw, really too small to mention - but here we are mentioning it! - mainly for those who multiple Seal torches so they understand why there is a difference. We wont be changing our specifications as it is getting a bit petty to claim every last metre, but if you have two Seal LED hunting torches this explains why the new one throws a little better.
White or Infra Red IR LED?
The Seal is available with either a white LED or IR LED (though not both at the same time). The white LED is the more popular LED and is used for regular night shooting and projects regular white light. The IR LED is 850nm (940nm is available by special order) and is used by those with night vision equipment. The light being projected by the IR LED is invisible to the naked eye, it needs night vision equipment to be visible. The length of throw is dependent on the capability of your night vision equipment, the more capable it is the further it will be able to see.
We have also released a High Intensity LED, this version has a tighter and therefore stronger beam wich projects further than the regular LED. This LED isn't compatible with the small reflector head but is perfect if you want the longest throwing light to mount on your rifle - even if usually shoot at one third that distance at night.
TTT and Construction
The Wolf Eyes Seal Hunting Torch starts with the TTT – Thermal Transfer Tube made of brass, wrapped around this is the 6061-T6 aircraft aluminium torch body in 25.4mm (1”) standard firearm size. There are three reasons for the brass liner, one is that it provides better strength for your torch than either material individually, two it provides better electrical conductivity and three, most importantly, it draws heat away from the high output LED and uses the full metal torch body as a heatsink to radiate the damaging heat away. If LEDs are overheated they suffer permanently reduced output – bad news for torches. We build our torches with pride to last.
This firearm standard 25.4mm torch body means you can mount above the scope, to the side, even under the barrel with the small head. It also opens your options up to exotic firearm mounts.
The Seal weighs 426 grams with battery or 378 grams without, to give an idea that is roughly the weight of a can of Coca Cola (12 grams heavier) - somewhat less than it looks. There is a fair amount of air in the head and we have worked hard since the initial release to lose over 100 grams from the total weight.
Finally the whole torch body is low temperature (-20o C) Hard Anodized in tactical black for a non reflective durable finish.
The torches tailcap is the Wolf Eyes Dual Tailcap, which means you can use it like a regular tailcap or screw on the included tapeswitch for faster control of your flashlight. With a conventional torch with a single spring, on a heavy calibre rifle the battery (or batteries) can move around violently from the recoil and can cause damage to components of the torch. On the Wolf Eyes Seal torch we utilise dual springs, one on each end of the battery compartment to isolate the battery's movement, while always maintaining full electrical conductivity, power to the LED and output. Yet another way we enhance the protection and reliability of your torch.
Almost all Wolf Eyes Headlamps and Torches are regulated, and the flagship of our LED hunting torches is no exception. As batteries go flat they lose voltage, which reduces light output, sometimes imperceptibly (especially at the start) but often quite noticeably. Not ideal in a hunting spotlight! The Seal LED Hunting Torch has a regulation unit, which means as the voltage is reduced the amperage is increased meaning the optimum current is still being supplied to the LED – and you still have light to see your quarry, even with ¾ flat battery!
The Seal uses the same LRB168A (18650) lithium ion protected batteries as the rest of the Wolf Eyes torch and headlamp range, meaning you can share the batteries. Due to their good output only one is required, meaning we can keep the 25.4 mm (1”) torch body size. These are protected batteries, meaning there is a computer protection chip built into the battery, which controls charging, discharging and most importantly over discharging. Being rechargeable means low running costs for you. Two disposable CR123A batteries will also power the Seal Hunting Torch.
The photo showing the Wolf Eyes Seal Hunting Torch inside an ice cube shows how well the Seal torch handles cold conditions – we doubt too many hunters like to hunt frozen inside an ice cube, though sometimes it feels like it!
Australian Approved Charger
The Seal Hunting Flashlight Charger is Australian Approved which means it is safe for you to use but also means all your farm, building, home, etc insurances apply.
Wolf Eyes Torches have numerous Police & Military (including all of SAPOL) contracts which mean that both contractually and morally we are obliged to keep a large range of flashlight spares available in Australia. We also have a 1300 911 007 for questions and queries so help is a phone call away. The Wolf Eyes Torches 1300 911 007 number has a 24 hour live answering service so you can log calls after hours.
The Seal is supplied without a mount as not all customers require mounting, such as those using the Seal LED torch for security or search and rescue. The mount which suits the Seal and we recommend (when using the large aspheric LED head) is the Seal Picatinny Rail Mount This mount is in two pieces, the lower component attaches to your rifle scope and provides a Picatinny Rail, the upper component is a Picatinny Rail Mount and mounts the torch to the Picatinny Rail. Our MM80 Magnetic Mount has also been designed to work with the Seal LED Hunting Torches large aspheric head, as well as the smaller reflector head.
Recently we have been asked how we come up with our distance guides for our LED torches. This has also been asked due to some other torches being rated at 1km, 10km (seriously!), etc.
We use an A3+ (329 x 483mm) white board which we then place in a dark field and see how far away we can see this visibly light up the board with the naked eye. This is representative of what we would call ideal conditions in terms of hunting, obviously a well camouflaged animal will be harder to see. Often a well camouflaged animal can be hard to see at 20 metres! Of course the other side of this is that a 50 or 56mm objective scope will actually enhance the amount of light the shooter sees (unless you are using it on a higher magnification than say 8 to 10X where you will then shrink the exit pupil). So we would reasonably expect these to be accurate for an average hunter, though some will have better or worse eyes, others will have a better recognition of outlines and shapes, etc. For our eyes the large aspheric Seal head when viewed through a 56mm scope seems like daylight at 200 metres. The aspheric (magnifying glass) head has greater throw as it concentrates all the light into one beam, the reflector head gives a spot surrounded by flood beam.
We use this system as it allows it us to compare between our models accurately. Some have suggested we should test on live animals, the reality is it takes a few hours to test, measure with a tape (not rangefinder) and try different torches. We don't have any tame foxes we can leave there for 3 hours! Knowing our method allows you to asses what range you think you can get out of it, some with good scopes, young eyes and only a dim id requirement may get more, those older (you eyes pupil loses the ability to expand and let more light in as you age - sorry), using scopes on high magnification or who prefer a brighter sight picture will get less.
To be fair I think when others rate their torches they are not saying how much usable light at that distance - they may be quoting 1 candlepower where most would not consider that enough to shoot by, especially at long distance. I am guessing the companies quoting 10km are quoting how far away you can see the light when looking back at the torch – though even that is a big ask on flat ground, the horizon is only 4.7km away! If you are 30 metres in the air that rises to near 20km so lets give the 10km claims that benefit as well.
One fair way to evaluate claims is to think about spotlights on a 4WD or truck. Most of us have these spotlights or have been in a vehicle with spotlights ranging from 240 to 300 mm in diameter, with LED, halogen or HID filaments and with the vehicle battery & alternator as a power source. Did these lights shine 10kms? Or even 1km? Maybe 1/2km? This probably gives you an idea of the chance of a torch with a smaller light source, smaller reflector and much smaller power source achieving these figures. Audi has recently released optional Laser high beams on their $400K R8 sports car. This system is so powerful that as well as only coming on above 60kmh there is a camera system to automatically dim, turn away or turn off these lasers when other vehicles are detected. With 4 lasers in each module, the claims are only for 600 metres - less than some LED torches claim :) - details here Audi Laser Lights.
Search and Rescue. Recently a number of departments have purchased this torch as a search and rescue light. This torch, while predominantly designed for firearm use, is eminently suited for this use due to it's long throw from a very lightweight package. We would recommend a second battery when being used for search and rescue functions as SAR demands longer runtimes than usual of LED torches and lights. One unit in particular purchased the Wolf Eyes Seal due to it's light weight which enabled it be used when abseiling down cliff sides.
Magazine Reviews - some independant reviews of the Wolf Eyes Seal Hunting Torch
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Video of the beam of smaller reflector head
Video of the large aspheric head spot beam
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Absolutely AmazingBy: SCOTT on 1 January 2017Hi all at wolfeyes , I purchased your torch for hunting purposes , This torch is absolutely amazing .It turns night into day . Thanks for a great product ... scott
Seal Torch (standard).By: Cedric Herft on 13 December 2016To say I was impressed by this torch would be an understatement. I have a Sea Lion Hunter, which I thought was the bees knees, until I tried the Seal! This is the standard version (400 metre throw), and puts the Sea Lion Hunter to shame. I can only imagine how much better the High Intensity LED version would be with a 500 metre throw! Another brilliant Wolf Eyes product.
Seal IR torchBy: Steve Graafmans on 8 November 2016This is a very capable light source, I have already used it hunting at ranges out to 400 metres in pitch darkness with amazing results. IR Illumination is class leading. Paired with my night vision scope it has now changed the way I hunt for ever.
hughBy: Hugh A Hefner on 16 September 2016Excellent unit , handles the recoil of a 30-06 really well ( no skip and flawless function after several hundred rounds ) - excellent illumination out to 300 yards with a 3 by 9 .
Amazing lightBy: Russell on 8 August 2016I purchased this light to mount on my scope for fox and deer control, and it has not disappointed. At full pinpoint it is a very narrow bream which can make tracking a moving fox difficult but if you broaden the beam a little it is still bright enough at 200 metres plus to be effective. A very effective spot out to 200 metres to take head shots. And the little battery has been adequate when combined with a head lamp for an hours walking. LOVE IT.