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Old 12-21-2009, 10:54 AM   #1
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I need a new Flashlight....

Dear Fellow Uber-dorks,

I've been making due with a 3 'C' battery Maglight and some small LED lights but I want a good one...

Must / should be:
  • LED
  • Less than $200
  • Multi-brightness settings (brighter the better)
  • No larger than Maglite 3 C battery models
Who has a kick ass flash light???...
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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Surefire.

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Old 12-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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Surefire.

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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3 cell mag. not a good light ???
I musta' been under a (dark) rock.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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+1 Surefire

My Fav.....Z2 Combat Light...around 129.00
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:02 AM   #6
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LOVE my two Surefires. One is a G2Z Combat Light, and the other is a G2LED [in bright yellow, so I can find it].

Tough as nails, and they work. No doubt Surefire will have something that meets your requirements.

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Old 12-21-2009, 11:08 AM   #7
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Surefire - I have the E2E and love it.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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3 cell mag. not a good light ???
I musta' been under a (dark) rock.
This is not a fancy top of the line light.... and it's not LED which means I go through batteries more frequently than I like...

It's is decent.. but not that bright by newer standards

Here's why I ask: I was one of the first people to come upon a two car accident on a dark stretch of interstate near my house recently... once I got out and made sure people were being attended to by other passers by, I got to work clearing a lane of debris and got traffic moving past because I didn't know now long it would take EMS to arrive...and while I was flagging cars past I realized that my Maglite was not up to the task...
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:56 AM   #9
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Go to the Fenix website:

https://www.fenix-store.com/


I like my Surefires, but I sure like a powerful flashlight that uses AA batteries.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:13 PM   #10
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Go to the Fenix website:

https://www.fenix-store.com/


I like my Surefires, but I sure like a powerful flashlight that uses AA batteries.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:31 PM   #11
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+1 again for Fenix.

As nice as Surefire, without the huge name to raise the cost.

They have many high quality flashlights in many configurations.

I prefer the AA sizes, because it costs the least in batteries to run them per hour/brightness, and the size is manageable. You want a 2 or optimally 3 cell LED flashlight for max brightness UNLESS small length is your ultimate goal, due to electronic limitations (the LED's use about 4 volts, 1- and 2- cell lights use a power upconverter, consequently there is less power available to run the LED when you have fewer cells). Best scenario: single AA for pocket, 3 AA for actual flashlight duty.

OR, if you want to go crazy, get a 2-cell lithium (123 battery size, like camera type) powered light, and a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.

The QUALITY single - cell AA's of today compete easily with the 4D maglites of 10 years ago, amazingly enough.

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https://www.fenix-store.com/


I like my Surefires, but I sure like a powerful flashlight that uses AA batteries.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:10 PM   #12
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a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.


This is a great compact light.

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Old 12-21-2009, 07:06 PM   #13
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OR, if you want to go crazy, get a 2-cell lithium (123 battery size, like camera type) powered light, and a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.
WTF... it seems like many of the 'high end' lights work off of these 123's... Do you have any 123's in your junk drawer??? Yeah... neither do I.....

but.... the LED's draw a lot less power than the incandescents...
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:00 PM   #14
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I would suggest the Surefire A2 Aviator. I personally have a Surefire E2L Outdoorsman, which I got when I upgraded from a Surefire E2O Outdoorsman (pre LED)... My next Surefire will most likely be an A2 Aviator, which runs about $180 or $190 if I recall correctly. They are GREAT little lights! ("little" being in comparison to the 'D' cell Maglites ) If memory serves me well, the E2L Outdoorsman is as strong(bright) as a 2 'D' cell if not 3 'D' cell Maglite in a package the size of a 'AA' Maglite. But the light it puts out is a LOT easier to see. For one it doesn't have the wholes and darker spots in the focal point like the Maglite does.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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Are any LED flashlights bright enough to be used for tunnel exploring? I found some old railroad tunnels near our place at lake cumberland that we went exploring and the couple of little flashlights we had were just crap. I don't want to carry around a 10 million candle power car battery sized thing, but I would also like to be able to see more than ten feet in front of me.

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