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Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? #5431719 05/17/20 05:53 PM
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It'll be used around home, campgrounds, etc.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431745 05/17/20 06:19 PM
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I love my Olight, I have a Seeker 2 pro and it’s ridiculously bright for its small size. Like it’s capable of melting things/burning holes in paper at max brightness bright. Comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts for a long time and a cool magnetic charging cord, and it has various levels of brightness, which range from ~5 lumens to 3200.

Edit: I can take some pictures when it’s darker out to show the distance it can throw.

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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431756 05/17/20 06:33 PM
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Flashlights are a case where quantity has a quality all of it's own. I layer the flashlights deep around here or else I don't have one handy when I need it, so I usually go with several cheaper ones over really nice ones. One that I've been pleasantly surprised by and one I find myself using a lot is a quasi-knockoff of the Astro 40sl that I bought at Harbor Freight.

https://www.harborfreight.com/390-Lumen-Magnetic-Slim-Bar-Folding-LED-Work-Light-63958.html

Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431757 05/17/20 06:38 PM
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My favorite is Led Lenser that has focusing head for flood or spot. P5.2 uses 1xAA battery small . The P6.2 is also good it uses 2xAA so it's longer and runs longer. I use nihm rechargeable batteries in them and AA batteries are everywhere. Led Lenser are a little hard to find these days since they no longer partner with Coast, Coast now makes their own versions the HX5 and G32, very similar but I still like the Led Lenser more.

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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431780 05/17/20 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by RazorsEdge
It'll be used around home, campgrounds, etc.

While I love li-ion powered flashlights, it's good to also have something that takes regular AA/C/D batteries, just in case.

For camping, a lantern is also useful. And so is a headlamp.

I have more flashlights/lanterns/headlamps than I know what to do with, and that's not even all of them...

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As an all-rounder, Convoy S2+ XP-L HI is probably my favorite - good output, and nice beam pattern with decent amount of spill and throw, alas, that requires an 18650 li-ion cell.

For a basic single AA light, the Ultratac A1 is great, IMO. 200 lumen output from an AA nimh cell, and nicely spaced out L-M-H modes, and no silly blinky modes.

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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431799 05/17/20 07:39 PM
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Look at a Pelican Phaser. I have a could of them in bright yellow. They warranty the flackhight for life (I believe) and are submersible.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431815 05/17/20 07:57 PM
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This Streamlight is a great everyday usage flashlight that does everything well:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016P919RC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My favorite all-around unit for indoor/outdoor usage. However, for automotive work, it is tough to beat the Harbor Freight rechargeable light bar cited by ripcord above. It can be had for $19 on sale w/coupon.

Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431858 05/17/20 08:47 PM
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Pelican and Streamlight got me through my Fire career. Not neccesarily the brightest out there as the new led lights have taken off but I took mine to [censored] and back and they served me well.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: wkcars] #5431867 05/17/20 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wkcars
My favorite is Led Lenser that has focusing head for flood or spot. P5.2 uses 1xAA battery small . The P6.2 is also good it uses 2xAA so it's longer and runs longer. I use nihm rechargeable batteries in them and AA batteries are everywhere. Led Lenser are a little hard to find these days since they no longer partner with Coast, Coast now makes their own versions the HX5 and G32, very similar but I still like the Led Lenser more.


I do like my little LED Lenser because of the performance it gives vs. the size. I don't recall the model I bought (it's at work at the moment) but the threads were a bit ugly from the factory, and I don't live anywhere near the store I bought it from, so I just lived with it. It's rechargable, so I don't have any reason to access the battery on a regular basis. Also, the switch on the tail cap is quite small, so it's not great if you're wearing gloves.

I've also had a Fenix PD35 for several years, and it's been great. In comparison to the LED Lenser, it's got a large switch on the tail cap. As for batteries, it will use the CR123 disposable lithium cells. I bought two of the Fenix 18650 rechargables and charger, and they work well. I haven't tested how long they will run continuously, but battery life has never been an issue. I end up charging them periodically just because so much time passes between charges.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: Quattro Pete] #5431889 05/17/20 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
I have more flashlights/lanterns/headlamps than I know what to do with, and that's not even all of them...


I like the C8 which I see in your collection. I have one with the xhp50.2 which is one of the brightest LEDs you can get, I think there's a few brighter but they don't come in a drop in for the C8. Handy for dark basements/attics.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33042031343.html

I also got this light which was for car work and having an extra Milwaukee battery, it was on sale for $129, but currently out of stock now and back to $149.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauk...h-Battery-and-Charger-2365-21P/310288371

Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431920 05/17/20 10:08 PM
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Another vote for the UltraTac A1. I really like the simple three output level(s). No strobe etc.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431931 05/17/20 10:24 PM
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Ultrafire Cree, single AA or 3.7V LI-Ion. Very bright with LI-Ion, very cheap (bought 3 on ebay for $8), small and go from spot to flood. They won't dazzle someone at 100 yards but I can't see 100 yards in daylight.


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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431968 05/17/20 11:41 PM
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Here’s my Olight. Pitch black out, we have no street lights or lights on the back. The trampoline is about 100ft away.

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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5431991 05/18/20 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by RazorsEdge
It'll be used around home, campgrounds, etc.

I'm a flashlight and weaponlight snob.

Long guns get Modlite. Handheld, I slum it with a streamlight HLX. Handguns get x300u Surefires.

This is my modlite. 4.3oz. About 4.5" long or so. 1350 lumens, 54,000 lux, 5700k tint, made in America.

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Re: Flashlights - what's worth purchasing? [Re: RazorsEdge] #5432108 05/18/20 07:23 AM
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http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=80&product_id=743
nice all around light.
inexpensive and good quality.
get a charger and some 18650 cells.
mtn has those too.
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_88&product_id=545
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=79&product_id=873
that charger is the best bang for the buck at the clearance price.

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